StepStones Team

Mobafa Baker

Mobafa Baker

Program Director
Mobafa joined StepStones in 2021 as our Program Director. Mobafa has a long history working with young people, including as a youth advocate on the international stage, program facilitator on issues of HIV&AIDS, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, assisting youth who have become in conflict with the law, supporting families...
Nathaniel Dayes

Nathaniel Dayes

Youth Engagement
From a young age Nathaniel grew passionate to working with marginalized youth who often faced many adversities and oppressive tendencies from a systemic level.  He quickly learned that such adversities could leave individuals, families and communities at such a socioeconomic disadvantage repeatedly leading to cycles of generational poverty and inequality. This became glaring to him...
Jemar Smith

Jemar Smith

Connection Coordinator
Jemar is passionate about working with youth. He graduated from Sheridan College with Social Service Worker Diploma and is currently attending University X for Social Work Degree. Beyond his education, Jemar is a former foster parent of teenage boys and he runs basketball camp and clinics for youth. Jemar believes different experiences and walks of life...
Sehdeen Lowe

Sehdeen Lowe

Connection Coordinator
Sehdeen comes to us with lots of experience working with at risk youth.  She is passionate about youth advocacy and creating a space for youth to have their own voice. She prides herself  on helping children and family’s see good in themselves.
Shalamar Brown-James

Shalamar Brown-James

Connection Coordinator
Shalamar has always had a passion for working with at-risk youth and children in general. Her upbringing allowed her to see the world from many different points of view which is her drive for trying to make sure the voices of the voiceless youth are heard. She completed her studies in Chid and Youth Work...
Ciara Loughram

Ciara Loughram

Connection Coordinator
Ciara is originally from Ireland and lived in Scotland for just over 10 years. She completed her Social Work degree in Scotland and worked for Scotland’s CAS equivalent before moving to Canada in March 2020. She has always enjoyed working with children and young people and ensuring that their voices are heard in all aspects...
Ebere Nnorom

Ebere Nnorom

Connection Coordinator
Eb is originally from Montreal, and yes, he can speak a bit of French! He went to Concordia University and has a Bachelors in Political Science. He has a history in eSports Community Management and Building, through video games such as Street Fighter and Guilty Gear, and has his own podcast: Black Nerd Talks. He...
Chris Quach

Chris Quach

Program Operations and Volunteer Management
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

Head of Partner Engagement
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. Jackson is excited to be connecting with our donors and sharing all of the amazing updates on our youth and the great...
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...

Summer Camp Team

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
Todd MinersonChairCommunications at Movember Canada
Diavin MillerVice-ChairHead of Partner Success at Black Professionals in Tech Network
Steve McMillanTreasurerFinance, Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments Canada ULC
Katherine BrownSecretaryCorporate Law at TMX Group Limited
Heather O’KeefeDirectorSocial Worker/Child Protection, Executive Director at StepStones for Youth
Erin NeedraDirectorCorporate Law and Corporate Finance
Lorna FreemanDirectorDirector of Communications at Toronto Board of Trade
Tanya SinhaDirectorDirector of Group Disability Claims at RBC
Roman LifshitzDirectorBranding and Communications
Sharon BeersDirectorHuman Resources Director at Fidelity Investments