Board Members

TaNia Brewer
President

TaNia Brewer is the wife of Andy and mother of Everly and Norah. TaNia lost her newborn son, Roman, in 2010. After spending months in denial, she found comfort when she met a group of grieving mothers. Her passion in life is supporting grieving parents. TaNia became the president of Parents Left Behind in 2021. 

Mark Kidd
Treasurer

Mark is a fifth generation Arkansan who grew up in Little Rock and completed all of his formal education there, including a masters degree in accountancy. He is a certified public accountant and has worked in public accounting, utility accounting and regulation, real estate development, technology development, and federally qualified healthcare clinics. At present he works in public accounting as a tax accountant and he also provides consulting services. He has served on several non-profit boards, most notably Welcome Health for eleven years where he served as board president for seven years and also as treasurer and secretary.

Mark and Jennifer have been married for over 40 years. They are proud parents of one daughter. She and her husband reside in Rogers and have four children.

Woodie Sue Herlein
Secretary

Woodie Sue Herlein, currently serves as the Out of School Time Projects Program Coordinator, for A-State Childhood Services, (yes I am a Red Wolf in Hog Country) with over 40 years experience in the Early Childhood and School Age field.

Married for 51 years, she and husband Bud reside in Fayetteville, AR, and are the parents of 3 children and five grandchildren.

Woodie Sue has a passion for Parents Left Behind because “although I can’t even imagine losing a child, I have family members and friends who have experienced the death of a child and I want to learn more about supporting them in their lifelong grief journey.”

Biff Averitt
Board Member

Rev. Biff Averitt is a retired United Methodist minister, having served for 40 years in
churches and leadership positions all over Arkansas. In retirement he enjoys crossword
and Sudoku puzzles, fishing, and taking his wife, children, and grandchildren for rides
on his pontoon boat. He is involved in Parents Left Behind as the father of founder, Dr. Susan Averitt, and bereaved grandfather of the adorable and amazing Cameron Averitt
Bobbitt.

Ann Averitt
Board Member

Ann Averitt is a retired educator.  She taught for 33 years, specializing in the teaching of reading.   In retirement she enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and volunteering at the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She and her husband Biff have three children, eight grandchildren, four step- grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.  She is very grateful for Parents Left Behind and its founder, her daughter Dr. Susan Averitt.  She will forever miss her wonderful granddaughter, Cameroncs and hopes she can support other bereaved grandparents like herself.

Mark Scalise
Board Member

Mark is a Patent Attorney and has over 30 years of Business experience with various Fortune 500 companies.  He has been with J.B. Hunt since June 2016.  Prior to J.B. Hunt Mark has also held management positions with General Electric, Ingersoll Rand and Norton.  

Married for 30 years (Jacqueline) with 3 wonderful children, two Arkansas graduates (Samuel & Sophia) who both work in the medical arena, and one Naval Academy graduate (Nick) who is currently training to be a Navy Pilot.  

Originally from Erie, PA, Mark enjoys spending time with family, attending Razorback sporting events, golf, hunting, camping and kayaking.  Currently mark is also a candidate for Washington County Judge in the 2022 elections.

Steve Sheely
Board Member

Steve Sheely has served on the board of Parents Left Behind since its inception.  In 2008, a nursery worker at Rolling Hills Baptist Church, where Steve is pastor, lost an adult child in a vehicle accident.  Out of this loss, his church began hosting an annual Candlelight Service for grieving parents.  That service has become an annual tradition in NW Arkansas.  In 2009 the Grieving Parents Support group began and continues to meet on the second Monday of each month from 6:00-7:15p at Rolling Hills Baptist Church.  This is an ecumenical group and everyone of all religious and spiritual traditions is welcome.

Steve has also held leadership positions with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, including serving on the Governing Board.  Steve has also written several books and over 80 columns in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Steve and Marla were married in 1994 and have three sons, Jordan, John and Joseph, who were born in 2002 and 2003. Steve’s interests include visiting our National Parks, collecting diecast cars and other toys from his 1960s childhood, home improvement and obstacle course racing.

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