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Co-Founders | Toby's Parents

Daniel & Katie Stern

Co-founders | Toby's mom & dad - Daniel & Katie SternAs Toby’s parents, we are the co-founders of The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation. Our middle son, Tobias Graham, was born on May 27, 2016. Toby went down for a nap on August 24 and did not wake up. He was 12 weeks and 5 days old. Toby died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Our road, after Toby’s death, was one that felt very lonely and enabled us to search incessantly for ways to support our grief, as individuals and as a married couple, while trying to parent our nearly two-year-old son, Lucas. 

We started this non-profit organization with the intention of honoring Toby’s life and working to make sure that no other grieving parent has to feel like they are traveling this road alone. Our journey from 2016 until today has shown us that there is still so much work to be done for families who experience a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. We know firsthand the positive impact community can have while grieving. We want to be a resource that offers that community to the bereaved. 

Katie & Dan live in Monroeville, PA with their sons, Lucas (8) and Zeke (4). 

We know there is no timeline for grief and that you will never be “done” grieving. We believe that every grieving family should be supported with resources to help them with grief day to day. The work we do in Toby’s memory helps us grieve and also provides our family avenues to help others during their darkest moments. 

Whether you are local to us in Western Pennsylvania or somewhere across the United States, Toby’s Foundation and the programs shared with grieving families were built to offer hope as you walk with grief. 

Secretary

Megan Simmons

Serving on the board of The Little Fox Foundation as Secretary is an incredible honor. In 2016, my nephew and Godson passed away from SIDS at only 3 months old. Dan and Katie said they were starting a foundation in memory of their son Toby, and they asked me to be on the board. I didn’t exactly know at the time what that meant for me, but I knew that I needed to help in any way that I could. If this was going to help them and others while keeping Toby’s name alive, I was in. Toby has reached so many people since then, and will continue to do so. It is extremely gratifying being able to be a part of something that has truly changed our community and beyond for the better.

I currently live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with my husband, Jeremy, and two daughters, Hayley (7) and Josie (4). We own and live on a family farm where my husband works. I am a stay-at-home mom, and coordinate events part time for our farm. At the time of Toby’s passing, my oldest daughter Hayley was only 6 months old, so I have always felt a special connection to our cause. The Little Fox Foundation not only promotes Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS awareness, but we help other families who are grieving. There is a great need for this and not just in our community. I believe in what we do.

Board Advisors

Board Member Jamie Scarlatelli

Jamie Scarlatelli

Great Aunt of Toby, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  Graduated from Brentwood High School in 1988 and attended and graduated from Bradford Business School.  Jamie has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years.  Prior to the financial services industry, she worked in the retail industry at The May Company.  Jamie is one of our original board members serving as Treasurer until January 2022 and is now serving as a Board Advisor.  She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Nick.  Jamie feels very connected to the mission of The Little Fox – Toby’s Foundation and is honored to be part of this board.

Board Member Liana Verzella

Liana M Verzella, BS, MHA

As a native of central PA, I moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to attend Duquesne University and then received my masters from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health. I have worked in the healthcare sector for over ten years and am currently the Program Manager of Women’s Behavioral Health at Allegheny Health Network. I have always had a passion for maternal and child health and I strive to be an advocate for patients and their families in the healthcare system.

I was introduced to Katie and Dan through mutual friends and after getting to know their family and learning about Toby’s story, I immediately knew that I wanted to get involved. With my experience working with families experiencing grief and loss, I hope that I can provide support to the organization and families that we work with. I am grateful to be a board member and look forward to spreading Toby’s story and mission of the foundation.

Board Member Ryan Stetz

Ryan Stetz

Born in DuBois, PA, I attended the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where I met Dan and Katie, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I then moved to Pittsburgh and attended the Art Institute where I received my Associate Degree in Graphic Design. After graduating, I worked as a freelance Designer for over 10 years, all while learning web development, photography, videography, and animation, until co-founding 232 Creative, a marketing and creative agency in Pittsburgh, PA.

My journey brought me back to Dan and Katie and the Little Fox Foundation, through the unfortunate loss of my son, Chanse, and a miscarriage shortly after his passing. My wife, Jenny, and I were fortunate enough to later have a lovely daughter, Skylar. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, photography, videography, listening to music, and spending quality time with my family.

Board Member Kyra Sarver

Kyra Sarver

Kyra has been in the facilities/construction industry for the past 13 years focusing on client relations and business development. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to volunteer and participate in a variety of organizations and when asked to join the Toby Foundation’s board – it seemed to be like a great fit. With a passion for children, families, and the community, she is very excited to be a part of the organization starting in 2024. While originally growing up in central pa, Kyra currently resides north of Pittsburgh with her husband Robert, daughter Goldie, and dog – Harvey! She enjoys being active, reading, and having dance parties with the little one.

Board Member Stephen Whittingham

Stephen Whittingham

Steve Whittingham joined Burns Scalo Real Estate, Inc. (BSRE) in 2009 as a Project Manager/Estimator.  In his current role, as Vice President of Development and Construction, Mr. Whittingham spearheads and oversees all new development planning, programming, design, entitlements, and in-house general contracting services where he is licensed in several states. 

Outside of BSRE, Mr. Whittingham is a member of the Master Builders Association of Western PA as well as the Pennsylvania Builders Exchange.  Steve is currently serving as an active committee member for his community’s Fox Chapel Parks Commission.  He and his wife, Abbie, also manage the Annie Whittingham Forever Five Fund (in memory of their late daughter) which has revitalized a previously underutilized playground at McCahill Park in Fox Chapel, PA.  Steve and Abbie have three children – Sadie, Mac, and the late Annie.

Board Member Katie Sebastian

Katie Sebastien

As a mom of three, two earth-side, and our middle son, in heaven, serving on the board of Toby’s foundation holds a special place in my heart.

We lost our son, Greyson, in November of 2016, to SIDS. Having the same goals, our paths crossed with Katie and Dan through our foundations.

After many prayers and conversations, I knew I’m my heart, joining Toby’s team and Working together, through our boys, we can make a greater impact and reach more families.

I am excited to be apart of Toby’s journey and help grow the foundation on a national level.

Board Member Lindsay Macken

Lindsay Macken

After a very serendipitous encounter with Katie Stern, one short day after watching ‘Walking With Grief,’ I am excited and honored to be joining the Board of The Little Fox Toby’s Foundation! I received an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2002, worked in the field for six years, and then switched gears entirely and, in 2012, earned a masters degree in School Counseling from Duquesne University. I worked with children and teens with autism for four years and then, when our youngest was born, I decided to leave work and focus on our little family. At that time, I started as a regular volunteer at the Highmark Caring Place, providing support to grieving children and their families. Since January 2016, I have facilitated peer support groups and led age-appropriate, grief-focused therapeutic activities at the Caring Place. I consider supporting kids and their families in their grief journeys to be a great honor of my life, and my experience will lend itself well to my involvement in Toby’s Foundation. Also, in January 2024, I start as a Team Lead at the brand-new Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop in the Strip District. I will be working alongside my dear older sister, who has Down syndrome, and other employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Outside of work and volunteering, I enjoy cycling, skiing, baking, sitting by a fire, and seeing my children do the things they love. I live in Wexford with my husband and three kids. So happy to be involved in this special mission!

Board Member Mike Larson-Edwards

Mike Larson-Edwards

Mike, a proud Pittsburgh native, earned his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 after graduating from Winchester Thurston High School. With over 15 years in commercial construction, Mike now serves as the Regional Director for Albert M. Higley. His passion for philanthropy extends beyond his professional life, as he dedicates his time as the Board Chair for FAME (Fund for the Advancement of Minorities through Education). Mike’s introduction to Katie occurred through their shared roles in the construction industry. The immediate bond between their families fueled a desire to contribute to Toby’s Foundation and carry forward Toby’s legacy.

Jr. Board Members

Jr. Board Member Maddy Stewart

Madelyn Stewart

Maddy Stewart is a senior studying Advertising at Penn State University. She is graduating in May, and is extremely excited to have joined the Little Fox Foundation as a Junior Board Member and Intern for the Spring of 2023. When she is not in class, you can usually find her hanging out with her dogs or friends, trying new recipes in the kitchen, or painting!

Jr. Board Member Madalyn Ankeny

Madalyn Ankeny

Madalyn Ankeny is a sophomore student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She is studying marketing and communications. Maddy is in the early stages of her marketing career and is doing all she can to learn about the unique industry. She values the concept of bringing creativity into everything she does, whether that be through creating flower arrangements or giving campus tours at her two part-time jobs. Maddy is a commuter at UPJ, so she had to try harder than most to meet people and become involved on campus. This has not held her back. Through working on campus as a tour guide and tutor and joining clubs she has met wonderful people who will impact her for the rest of her life. Maddy values kindness and wants others to feel inspired by her positive outlook on life. She loves to find joy in little things like sunny days, flowers, and yummy coffee. She feels blessed to be given the opportunity to help with The Little Fox Foundation. She plans to do her best to use her creativity to offer support to those who are grieving.   

Going through the death of your baby is an incredibly traumatic experience. Often, it can be hard to find the support you want and need.

Toby’s Foundation offers workshops, connections to other moms and dads who are walking a similar journey, activities and projects for siblings to honor their brother or sister, as well as recommendations to additional resources across the United States that support families going through pregnancy and infant loss.

Everyone grieves differently and there is no timetable for grief. The support and resources that Toby’s Foundation provides is offered to any bereaved parent, no matter where you are on your grief journey. Be it one month or 15+ years, we are here to walk beside you on your journey.

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