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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 a physician specializing in infectious diseases at the Vancouver Clinic. After seeing first-hand the relationship between addiction and diseases like hepatitis C and staph infections, she felt a calling to lend her expertise to Daybreak Youth Services, and joined the Governing Board in 2016.

Sally earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1990. She then served her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Disease at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She joined The Vancouver Clinic in 1997.

Sally believes that health care is a partnership between herself and her patients and says she enjoys working with people to improve their health status and well-being.

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

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.

ED MILLER

Ed was appointed to the Daybreak Governing Board in 2011. He is a longtime resident of Spokane and is the former owner, president, and CEO of the marketing firm Miller White Runkle.

“I know the full cycle and history of substance use disorder,” says Ed. “Most young addicts resist recovery and Daybreak provides the controlled environment where kids can focus and really understand their addiction and the possible consequences of their drug or alcohol issue. With that knowledge, our kids can look at themselves, hopefully, from a realistic viewpoint. It is the starting point for them to pursue a sober life.”

Ed is now retired following a career in advertising and public relations, but has always been committed to giving back to the community. He serves on the boards of several community organizations.

“I am a recovering alcoholic with 21 years of sobriety and I know learning about yourself is a lifetime process,” says Ed. “I want our clients to have the clarity to see that and to desire it and to start on that road to recovery.”

TY STOBER

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.”

MARGUERITE MATUSAK

Marguerite retired after a long career with the state Division of Children and Family Services as a social worker and supervisor. She now maintains her private practice as an evaluator and guardian for the Juvenile and Superior courts in Vancouver. She was appointed to the Daybreak Governing Board in 2003.

“I believe in Daybreak because our mission helps kids who are in desperate need of solutions to addiction problems,” says Marguerite. “These kids usually come from families with substance use disorder issues of their own and often they have no one who can direct them towards maturity and sobriety. Daybreak does not judge kids or families but rather tries to help them find their way out of these problems.”

During her career, Marguerite worked in Child Protective Services and spent 10 years helping young pregnant women navigate the public resource system.  

“I have also had family members who have struggled with substance abuse and the trauma from that as well,” says Marguerite. “I want the kids who seek treatment from Daybreak to know that they can get well and they can become productive members of our community. Coming to treatment is not the end for them, but the beginning of a new way of life. It is a solution for the problems they face. I have personally seen kids get well and master their treatment with ongoing support services.”

JULIE OLDS

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.

CONNIE KEARNEY

Connie joined the Daybreak Board in 2017. She currently serves as a board member for various organizations including the Boys and Girls’ Clubs for Southwest Washington, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation, YWCA, and the Vancouver Women’s Foundation. Graduating from Creighton University School of Law, Connie was an Adjunct Professor at Creighton Law School Legal Clinic where she taught third-year law students. During her time as a teacher, Connie maintained a part time legal practice and managed over 90 cases. Now retired, Connie enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their four grandchildren.