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.”


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.

“I have a passion for helping the underserved and stigmatized individuals and feel that Daybreak is an exemplary organization,” says Sally.  “They live the mission every day for every client with their healing touch and support.  They provide a hopeful future to our young clients.”


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.


Vicki Jones joined the Daybreak board in 2017, after retiring from Spokane Schools as a High School Counselor. Her previous work experience in Social Work and Human Resources, and later earning a Master’s in School Counseling from Gonzaga University, were instrumental in counseling teenagers and their families in all areas including mental health and substance use. There she learned to appreciate how adolescent choices and decisions at this impressionable age can have lifelong impact. “We need to give every kid a chance, they’re young and we all fall down and sometimes need help to get back on our feet again. Daybreak provides a path of acceptance and support that is critical for this age group.”

Vicki and her husband enjoy spending time with their three sons, traveling and hanging out at Priest Lake.

Joe Pauletto

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.”

Suzy Dix

Suzy joined the Daybreak Governing Board in the fall of 2022.  She grew up in Spokane, her family arriving in the area in the early 1900’s.  Her husband’s family has been here since 1885!  She’s been very involved with the Spokane community her whole life.

After taking a tour of the Daybreak facility in Spokane in 2018 she was captivated by a young woman’s story and knew she wanted to get involved (the young woman was client at Daybreak).  She has been on multiple boards but was interested in getting involved with an organization that focused on the mental health struggles our young people face.                                                                                                                         
Suzy earned a Bachelor’s Degree from WSU and a Master’s Degree from Gonzaga, Go Zags!  She’s been a full-time Realtor since 1989, in addition to running a farm where she has 40 head of polo horses, retired horses and wheat.  Dr. Bill Yakely, co-founder of Daybreak, was a veterinarian and friend.
                                                                                                                                                                                          The greatest need in our area is to help the youth in the Northwest with issues relating to drug and alcohol abuse, suicide prevention, mental health and sex trafficking.  I hope to make a difference!

Ron Frederiksen