Chris Quach

Chris Quach

Executive Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator
Chris joined StepStones a few years ago as a Camp Counselor and Camp Coordinator. She completed her degree in Political Studies and is currently in the works of completing a degree in Social Work. Chris has participated in various youth advocacy and social justice initiatives. She has since developed a passion for incorporating sustainable (social...
Alexi Manis

Alexi Manis

Program Development
Alexi is a filmmaker, educator, and writer who spends much of her time on her bike and also loves to sew. She assists StepStones with program development, fundraising events, and grant writing, all the while sporting her favourite StepStones’ t-shirts in several different colours. She is continually inspired by the incredible youth at StepStones!
Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker

Development and Marketing Officer
Jackson completed his degree in Media Studies at Queen’s University And has 10 years of experience working in youth programming in both a camp and education setting. He joined StepStones in early 2020 and is excited to be connecting with our donors and sharing all of the amazing updates on our youth and the great...
Tara Evans Boodram

Tara Evans Boodram

Youth in Transition and Mentor Coordinator
Tara is a passionate and dedicated advocate for youth and she joined the StepStones Team after working for nearly four years with youth at risk in conflict with the law in Toronto, Peel and Halton. She completed her Honours B.A. in Criminology and Women’s Studies and her Master’s Degree in Criminology at the University of...
Erica Francis

Erica Francis

Youth Connections Support Worker
Erica completed her Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree at Ryerson University. She has a five year background in working summer camps and after-school programs, so she’s always ready for a game of dodgeball. In her free time, Erica can be found at the gym, watching a movie or deep behind the pages of a book.
Rachel Costa

Rachel Costa

Youth Connections Support Worker
Rachel has several years of experience in school and camp settings working with children and youth with special needs. She is passionate about advocating for community support and enjoys facilitating therapeutic activities. She completed her B.A at Ryerson University in Child and Youth Care. In her spare time you can find her cuddling her dogs or...
Heather O’Keefe

Heather O’Keefe

Executive Director
Heather O’Keefe founded StepStones in 2004. She has been the residential summer camp director and the Executive Director since this time. Heather believes that charities have a responsibility to operate efficiently and most importantly effectively. She believes that donor dollars must go directly to programs that have proven ability to effect positive change. She also believes...
Cherie Naseiro

Cherie Naseiro

Youth in Transition and Mentor Coordinator
Cherie joined the StepStones team bringing 10 years of camp experience and 2 years of experience organizing a mentorship program for youth at risk at a Boys and Girls Club.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Studies and Criminology from Wilfred Laurier University.  Her energy and passion for working with...
Marsha Rampersaud

Marsha Rampersaud

Part-Time Grant Wrtier
Marsha, known to her friends, companion animals, and accomplices as “Doctor Rampersaud,” has joined us as a part-time grant writer helping us secure the funding we need to deliver incredible services to our youth! Before joining the Toronto team, Marsha was out resident gymnastics expert and vocalist at camp. Marsha completed a Master’s degree at...
Isabel Macquarrie

Isabel Macquarrie

Lifeguard and Camp Program Staff
Although Isabel usually lists her education as “lots,” when pressed she will reveal that after completing her B.A. at McGill University,  a Master’s degree at Queen’s University and is currently studying Law at Harvard. Isabel brings seven years of experience teaching swimming and working with youth to her position at StepStones. Although Isabel enjoys participating...
Emily Lannan

Emily Lannan

Waterfront Director
Emily Lannan is a special education teacher during the school year and volunteers her time up at StepStones during the Summer. Emily loves canoeing, running long distances for fun and the outdoors and has been involved with StepStones since 2004!
Jackie Power

Jackie Power

Camp Program Director
Jackie is a 14 year veteran of the summer camp industry. She loves anything to do with the waterfront – from canoeing, swimming, teaching lessons, to jumping off anything high up. She is currently a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and spends her summers volunteering with StepStones. She has an amazing husband and a...

Board Members

NameRoleArea of focus/Profession
Erin NeedraChairCorporate Law and Corporate Finance
Todd MinersonVice-ChairCommunications at Movember Canada
Melanie KoszegiSecretaryDeputy Managing Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Steve McMillanTreasurerFinance, Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments Canada ULC
Heather O’KeefeDirectorSocial Worker/Child Protection, Executive Director at StepStones for Youth
Diavin MillerDirectorClient Project Delivery at Equifax Canada
Nolan JarvisDirectorPrivate Banking Analyst at ScotiaBank
Katherine BrownDirectorCorporate Law at TMX Group Limited
Lorna FreemanDirectorCommunications & Marketing