Forward Steps Staff
Sabrina Huffaker, Executive Director
“It is our responsibility to help inspire youth to dream, to achieve, and to know that they have the power to create their own new experiences so they can enjoy that wonderful feeling of accomplishment and pride.”
As an active participant in the community, Sabrina Huffaker has spent the last several years working to assist Colorado and international youth in creating a better future. By educating herself about the Foster Care system, Sabrina was able to develop the idea and business plan behind Forward Steps’ youth offering. She has been instrumental in the creation of the Forward Steps mission, and is thrilled to be able to assist Foster Care alumni in her home state.
After getting a B.S. in Business and spending several years in the business world, Sabrina decided her efforts were better spent enabling the youth of the world. She began by volunteering her time to numerous organizations including Kenyan Children Foundation and Attention Homes, as well as attending a multitude of conferences including National Youth Resource Center’s Pathways to Adulthood conference and National Independent Living Association’s Growing Pains conference.
Brianna Martineau McCormick is a fundraising, marketing and public relations professional. Brianna, originally from Northampton, Massachusetts, was raised in an environment where volunteerism and community involvement were priorities. Brianna, Bri as she called, and her siblings started volunteering in development at an early age. Since graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with degrees in Art History and Fiber Art, she has designed both annual and membership campaigns to attract new donors and members while increasing retention, produced newsletters and other communication collateral, and specializes in social media as a way of “getting the word out.”
Brianna lives with her husband, Joe McCormick and their dog, Scout in Westminster, CO. She enjoys reading, crocheting and exploring history, especially in the areas where she has lived.
Onikah Porter, Student Development Manager
Onikah Porter joins Forward Steps after serving as an Urban Leaders Fellow for the Office of Sen. Mike Johnston, where she researched and proposed policy recommendations on the decriminalization of poverty in relation to statewide fine delinquency practices. Prior to that, Onikah taught first grade as a Teach for America corps member in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During her time in the classroom, Onikah led her students to achieve the highest value added scores among the first grade team at her school site. Raised in California, Onikah graduated from California State University- Fullerton with a B.A. in History and was recognized as Outstanding Senior of the year. Currently she is enrolled at Johns Hopkins University and is expected to graduate fall of 2015 with a master’s degree in education. Onikah brings over seven years of experience in working with foster youth and child welfare professionals to educate, empower, and improve outcomes for youth and young adults. She hopes to continue this work in her current role by ensuring that students have all the supports and resources they need to achieve their highest potential.