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Our Team

Nicole Rucker

Office Manager

 

Nicole joined the DayBreak team in May of 2016, just in time to help celebrate our 1st birthday.  She recently relocated to Woodland Park from Parker, CO and is excited to be a part of DayBreak’s mission.  Previously working in various customer service positions, she brings a bright and cheerful presence to the program even on the most trying days.  Nicole is glad for the opportunity to learn more about the various conditions of our participants so that she will be able to better serve them. 

Amanda Brady

Activites Assistant

 

Born and raised in California, Amanda has lived in Colorado with her husband and family for 15 years. Her background is in Speech and Language Pathology and Special Education. She has spent the last 18 years homeschooling her 3 children. Now that her children are grown, Amanda spends her time with her friends at DayBreak doing some of her favorite things—singing, playing handbells, cooking, crafting, exercising, visiting, and reminiscing. Amanda shares, “DayBreak is like Disneyland. It is one of the happiest places on earth!”

Anne Akers-Lewis

Activites Assistant/CNA/QMAP

 

Anne grew up in Michigan and has lived in the Woodland Park area with her husband and border collies for over 20 years. In 2011 she graduated from UCCS with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science, emphasis in Health and Wellness Promotion. She has worked in memory care for the last five years in Colorado Springs and is delighted and very excited to join the team at DayBreak to continue singing, playing games, exercising, and otherwise engaging with participants in this nurturing, varied, and enriching program.

Joni Edmiston

Program Assistant/QMAP

 

Joni, Program Assistant/QMAP, is a native of Colorado Springs and resides there with her husband of 20+ years, as well as her 20 year old daughter who currently attends PPCC. She also has three brothers; two older brothers in Idaho and a younger brother in Louisiana. Joni enjoys traveling to visit her family and expresses her love for animals, the outdoors, and reality TV. When asked what brought her to DayBreak, she responded, “I love helping people and making a difference in their lives.

Bonnie Olson

Activities Assistant/CNA

 

Bonnie is a native of Colorado Springs, who received her degree from the University of Colorado in Fine Arts and Education. She has had a varied career in non-profit and city planning and operated an Adult Day Respite business in the Springs for seven years until its closing last January. She is still involved with the memory care community, teaching art and leading small support groups. Bonnie’s love for enriching the lives of seniors came from her years of caring for her mother. She is looking forward to doing art projects, singing, playing games, and sharing her creativity with DayBreak’s seniors. 

Board of Directors

Miles DeYoung

city of Woodland Park Chief of Police

 

Miles is currently a board member for the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority Board, a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, and a private pilot with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He has been a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader and served in the United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Miles was also a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician when he worked on three ambulance services. He was a small business owner in our community and in Steamboat Springs when he conducted firearms safety training.

Charles Oaks

Retired, Former Daybreak Family Member

 

A native of Colorado Springs, Charlie is a graduate of the University of Denver and has a distinguished 40 Year career as a banker in Denver and Woodland Park. He has participated in the formation of “Voices of Grief” that also provides a compassionate and valuable service to our community.  Charlie also was The Chamber of Commerce “Wagon Boss” (2009) recognizing his service to the community.  In his banking career he enjoyed the unique opportunity and privilege of participating in the growth and development of the many individuals and businesses that this bank was privileged to serve. 

Most importantly, as a longtime (20 Years) family caregiver of his wife Helgi, Charlie found DayBreak so instrumental in providing them both the respite care they needed up until his wife’s passing in August of 2016.  He remains a great supporter of DayBreak and the services it provides the Teller County communities.  Charlie states that he “is honored to serve on the board of directors so as to be a “testimonial ” for the DayBreak program and the services it provides for both the caregiver and their loved ones.”  The mission and support of DayBreak provides a positive  impact on the caregiver and the care-receiver.  For these reasons alone he chose to be on the Board of Directors  to help make more public the fact that this valuable program is available in our community and how beneficial it is for all who participate.

Mark Dettenrieder

MBA, Teller County commissioner

 

Marc moved to Teller County with his wife Angel in 1996. Since that time, he has worked in mining, financial planning, higher education, and County government. Marc holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Communications/Political Science, having graduated magna cum laude. He is an honors graduate of Regis University with an MBA in Operations Management. Most recently, he is a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Over the years Marc has engaged in various civic and volunteer activities in the community and across the State. Under Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Marc was a Governor appointee to the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. He is a former member of the Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board, Teller County Planning Commission, Teller County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the Teller County Community Wildfire Protection Plan Committee. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG – alternate board member), Teller County Board of Health, Teller County Board of Social Services, Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byways, Action 22, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and participates in Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) steering committees during the legislative session. Since 2014, Marc has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. Beginning in 2015, he will be serving on the State’s Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) Committee.

Marc believes in active, positive, and principled leadership. As Commissioner, Marc is committed to serving Teller County and to representing the best interests of his fellow citizens at the local, regional, and state level.

Connie Sims

 Realtor, Keller Williams Client’s Choice Realty

 

In addition to DayBreak’s Board of Directors, Connie presently serves on the Symphony Guild Board and is president of the Ute Pass Kiwanis. She has formerly served on the Rampart Library Foundation Board, Woodland Park Main Street Organizational Committee, was the Ute Pass Kiwanis president elect and board member.

Samantha Kelley

CPA, Managing Partner Kelley & Chulick

 

Samantha is currently a CPA and is affiliated with the AICPA and CO Society of CPAs.  Her nonprofit work includes Board of Trustees for The Butte Theater, Choices volunteer, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, WP Chamber Ambassador, and she is on the finance committee for Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church.

Bernie Vayle

Realtor, Coldwell Banker 1st Choice Realty

 

A longtime resident of Woodland Park, Bernie has seen many changes in Teller County over the last fifty years.   After helping to care for her mother-in-law who had Alzheimer’s and watching a very close friend care for her mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s, Bernie is very passionate about DayBreak and its vision.  Being a care giver can be a very lonely and exhausting time in a person’s life and she can only imagine the person with the disease is equally lonely and sometimes disillusioned. 

DayBreak’s program is a wonderful opportunity for families and it is a long over-due service that Teller County now provides.   She excited to learn more and contribute in any way that would be an asset to this organization.  She is thankful for the opportunity to serve on this board!

It's A New Day!

Won’t you be a part of our expansion by donating today? Any amount will help us in our next step to expand our program to serve even more families in need of caregiving respite and loving support.