MEET DAYBREAK’S GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS
CARL GRIFFIN, PRESIDENT
Carl became president of Daybreak’s Governing Board in 2014. Previously, he worked as a Marketing and Leasing Manager for International Business Machines (IBM). He is now retired.
“As president of the Board of Directors, I know Daybreak is a way out of the dangerous environment of drugs and alcohol,” says Carl. “Daybreak provides our local children and young adults who struggle with substance use disorder a safe, healthy place in which to learn how to cope with life’s struggles and to explore opportunities.”
SALLY WILLIAMS, SECRETARY
Sally Williams is an infectious disease physician and board member since 2016. Sally was drawn to the mission of Daybreak after seeing the physical and mental health issues associated with drug and alcohol use in her medical practice. She has served on multiple boards in the Vancouver area including free clinics and hospital in addition to volunteering.
RON BENFIELD, TREASURER
Ron Benfield is the president and CEO for Millwood Associates. He currently works toward supporting healthcare organizations survive and thrive.
“The youth are our future and it’s crucial that we help foster their tools in order for them to develop and succeed,” says Ron. “I was inspired to join the board after recognizing the overwhelming need for behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment.”
With over 30 years of experience, working in health care, Ron is grounded in Daybreak’s mission. He has been COO and CFO various times throughout his career and has experience working in behavioral healthcare settings.
“There is a huge, statewide need,” says Ron. “The treatment and support services Daybreak offers is powerful.”
Vicki Jones has been a part of the Daybreak board since 2018. She graduated with a Master’s in School Counseling from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Washington State University. With three sons, Vicki often found herself volunteering in her boy’s schools when they were young. There, she built strong relationships through helping children and her background in social work inspired her to get involved with Daybreak.
“We need to give kids a chance,” says Vicki. They’re young and we all make mistakes and we all need to have hope in our lives. They need to know that there are people out there who are not going to give up on them.”
Now retired, Vicki volunteers her time serving on the board for the Ronald McDonald House. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to Priest Lake, boating, and spending time with her family.
Ty Stober was appointed to the Daybreak Governing Board in 2014. A well known civic leader, he has lived in the Vancouver area for nearly 20 years and is deeply vested in playing an active role in shaping the future of our community through service.
“I have been greatly blessed in my own life and feel it is my responsibility to provide young people opportunities to overcome obstacles and find success,” says Ty. “It is inspiring to hear youth talk about their struggles and the skills they learn at Daybreak to gain control over their addition and mental health issues. I am excited to bring my background in sales, marketing and project management as well as my personal and political connections to help Daybreak succeed as an organization. I want every Daybreak client to understand their strength, self-worth and talents.”
Joe joined the Daybreak Governing Board in September 2021. He is a 40 year resident of Clark County, Wa. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS degree in Civil Engineering, he worked in the heavy construction industry. His second career has been working with non-profits in Clark County and Portland, Oregon. Being with family and in the outdoors brings him joy.
“I feel that Daybreak Youth Services provides a helping hand to those that want to leave addictions and improve their lives,” says Joe. “The work this organization does is needed now more than ever.”
Julie has been practicing law for over 30 years. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1989 and went on to receive her LL.M Taxation Degree from the University of Florida in 1990. She currently practices law in the areas of estate planning, probate, corporate and non-profit law. Julie is actively involved in her community and has served as a member for over 15 organizations and committees including Whitworth University, Women Helping Women, and the Spokane Estate Council Committee. Julie founded Parenting Through Addiction Ministry in 2014 and continues to serve as a member. Julie enjoys spending time with her husband Michael, and their three sons.