Tanya Whiteman is a clerk who works at the Shady Brook town hall. She is warm and friendly, though she is also anxious and prone to worry.
Tanya Dovou was born in 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
At the age of eighteen, Tanya met her future husband, Michael Whiteman, while he was on a business trip from Shady Brook. She worked as a waitress, and Michael instantly showed an interest in her when he ate at the restaurant where she worked. As a homely country girl, Tanya appreciated the attention that Michael showed her, and the two began to date. They married only weeks later.
Tanya agreed to move to Shady Brook with Michael, and eventually Michael convinced her to participate in the town's ritual worship of The Old Ones with the rest of his family members. While scared at first, Tanya quickly realized that she would do anything to hold onto her husband, and so willingly complied.
In 1977, Tanya gave birth to their first child, Jaclyn Whiteman, who was eagerly sacrificed by the couple one year later. As a result, both Michael and Tanya achieved immortality. Following this, they birthed a second child, Sue Ann, in 1982.
Tanya has a contemptuous relationship with her daughter, Sue Ann, in part due to Michael's inappropriate behaviors toward his daughter. This only aids Tanya's low self-esteem and -worth, ensuring that she will never leave her husband.
In 2005, Tanya confronted her now-mayor husband, Michael Whiteman, about a possible affair he may have been having with Becca Ronni, a woman living in Trenton, Oklahoma. Michael confessed to the affair but would not comment on whether or not he still loved Tanya.