And since 2013, this is exactly how we’ve been able to help our members not only reach, but maintain, their fitness and health goals. At Daybreak, it’s not about churning members through our system. We’re successful because we design THOUGHTFUL WORKOUTS that are delivered by KNOWLEDGABLE COACHES who personally get to know our members. And it’s these relentlessly faithful members who build the foundation of our SUPPORTIVE & INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY.

And when everything you do favors quality over quantity, you can create something pretty darn special.



Mel Ockerby
Mel OckerbyLevel 3 Head Coach, Co-Founder

CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2, CPC)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit HQ Level 1 Seminar Staff
CrossFit Coaches Prep Course
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Strongman
CrossFit Judge Certified
CPR & Safety Certified
BS Nutrition

Mel has been coaching CrossFit since 2008 and brings to Daybreak a wealth of experience from world-class organizations such as CrossFit New England (Natick), Reebok World Headquarters (Canton), and CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff (worldwide). When coupled with the time owning and operating Daybreak, you have one of the most accomplished coaches in the greater Boston area. She has seen the life altering benefits CrossFit has made on everyone from competitive athletes (herself included) to 60+ year-old grandparents, and with this background she has built an inclusive and motivating fitness community we call Daybreak.

Mel’s mission is to enrich this community with her pursuit of excellence in coaching and by holding true to the movements, standards and theories of CrossFit… which, by no coincidence, is how she elicits the positive physical and mental adaptations that take place when her members step out of their comfort zones. Not only does Mel subscribe to this philosophy, but she also has a long and proven track record of safely and effectively delivering results to her members.

When Mel moved to Sudbury, with her now husband Eric, she saw there were a lot of “fitness” options in the area, but it was even more revealing what she “didn’t” see… there were no fresh, new perspectives on functional fitness which catered to clients of all ages and abilities. She knew right away that her unique flavor of CrossFit could ultimately change the game.

“I believe CrossFit changes lives for the better. In the box, CrossFit makes us strong, fit and healthy. Beyond the box it builds confidence and provides a sense of accomplishment that benefits families and communities.”

2021 CF Individual and Master Qualifier
2013 CF Regional Northeast – 6th
2013 CFNE Competitors Comp – 1st
2012 CrossFit Games (team) – 12th
2012 CF Regional Northeast (team) – 1st
2011 CF Games (team) – 1st
2011 CF Regional Northeast – 4th
2010 CrossFit Games (team) – 2nd
2010 CF Regional Northeast (team) – 1st

Michele Barbone
Michele BarboneLevel 3 Coach

CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2, CPC)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Kids Certified
CrossFit Judge Certified
CPR & Safety Certified
BS Culinary Arts Management, UNLV

Michele took her first CrossFit class in April 2010 and was instantly hooked. After playing Division 1 soccer at UNLV, she needed something that satisfied both her competitive and fitness needs. CrossFit filled those voids. Soon Michele was taking part in any and every competition that came her way. Beyond her fitness gains, she was happier and healthier than she had been in her best soccer days. Michele wanted to share her success with others, which is what drove her to take the level one course.

Motivating others to push themselves and break through personal barriers is what drives Michele as a coach. Michele is such a believer of the benefits of CrossFit in and outside the box, that she was determined to introduce it to her family. She is most proud of her mother who, two years ago, never thought she could “do” CrossFit. These days, you’ll find Michele working out alongside her mother at any given workout.

Outside of CrossFit, Michele is a baker and entrepreneur who recently launched her own baking business.

“As a coach, I find my ability to connect with athletes to be my greatest asset. Having gone through some of the same struggles, I am able to use my own experience to help them learn and master a new set of skills. Seeing the look on a member’s face after achieving something they once thought impossible is what makes it all worth while to me.”

2015 CF Open – Top 3% (Northeast)
2012 CF Regional Northeast – 27th
2011 CF Regional Northeast – 19th

Bill Brown
Bill BrownCoach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Judge Certified
CPR & Safety Certified
BA Business, St. Anselm College

Bill found CrossFit in February 2012 after a co-worker convinced him to try it while on a business trip in Dallas, TX. Soon after, he found a local CrossFit gym in Waltham, MA and still remembers that life-changing WOD of power cleans, burpees and box jumps.

Even though he grew up ski racing in high school and college, Bill never devoted himself to physical fitness or proper nutrition. Throw 4 knee surgeries into the mix and Bill’s twenties left him far from “fit”. Fast forward to today, Bill is quick to credit CrossFit as the key to his 35-pound weight loss and reduction of 6” from his waistline.

In the Fall of 2013, Bill, his wife Sara (then pregnant with daughter Keegan), and their daughter Finley, started house hunting in Sudbury. After putting as much diligence in their CrossFit search as they did in their search for a new home, Bill and Sara joined Daybreak as one of Daybreak’s first “couples”.

Having coached for both the St. Anselm ski team and Loon Mountain kids race program in the past, his desire to help athletes of all ages and abilities reach their max potential has returned, and he now gets to do so as part of the Daybreak coaching staff.

“I really do see CrossFit as the proverbial fountain of youth. I have more confidence and energy in my mid-30s, than I did in my 20s. With two feisty little girls and an active wife, I wouldn’t be able to keep up without it.”

Lisa McPartlin
Lisa McPartlinCoach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
  • BS in Sports Medicine/ Movement Science, Westfield State University
  • Associates Degree Physical Therapist Assistant- Springfield Technical Community College
  • RYT 200 Yoga Certification
  • CPR/AED certification

Lisa initially heard about CrossFit from a first responder back in 2011 when she was working as a Rehab aide in a physical therapy outpatient clinic.

After years of running in Track and Field and Cross Country, Lisa knew she needed something more than just running. Her experience with CrossFit made her feel accomplished, stronger, and more energized than just stacking up the running miles.

In October 2018, she took her first class at DayBreak and was reminded of why she loves CrossFit philosophy: it’s functionality and it’s ability to add years onto peoples’ lives.

This meshed perfectly with Lisa’s passion for and experience in yoga, rehabilitiation and overall improvement of the quality of life of the people around her.

In addition to coaching, Lisa spends her days providing physical therapy for the geriatric population which is a key reason why Lisa is a huge advocate for CrossFit and overall wellness

“I am truly grateful for not only discovering CrossFit, but, more importantly, for coming across DayBreak and being part of such a supportive and welcoming community. I hope to share that same energy with those I encounter, earning their trust, and showing them that CrossFit can be for anybody once they take the leap to reach out and discover the true benefits that this functional fitness programming has in improving overall quality of life.”

MASCAC XC Team Champions ’08’ 09’ and ’10
MASCAC Pole Vaulting Champion ‘07

Eric Rapisarda (Rap)
Eric Rapisarda (Rap)Advisor, Operations, Co-Founder


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
  • CrossFit Judge Certified
  • MBA, Boston University
  • MS Information Systems, Boston University
  • BS Business Administration

Eric found CrossFit in 2010, when the monotony and time commitments of Ironman triathlon training and racing finally took its toll. Being accustomed to 6+ hour training sessions, he was quite skeptical when he was introduced to CrossFit and its simple, 1-hour class program. But soon after he was scooped off the floor after only a 9 minute workout, he knew CrossFit was special. After only 1 year of CrossFit, he was leaner and more capable than he was after ten years of triathlons, and realized he had found a fitness community that kept him interested, engaged and motivated.

Knowing how CrossFit changed his life, he wanted to give back to the Sudbury/Wayland community where he currently lives and raises his two young daughters with his wife Mel. He has been an active member in the Sudbury school and sports scene through his participation coaching his girls and administrating in the Sudbury Youth Soccer and Basketball Associations.

Eric spends his days in the high-tech industry helping organizations expand into new markets, develop new products and acquire new companies.

“Whether I want to scratch my competitive itch or just get a good sweat on, CrossFit gives me that outlet through which I can let off some steam, re-energize and connect with like-minded individuals.”

2021 CF Masters Qualifier
2018 CF Team Series (45-49) – 3rd
2015 CF Sobo Masters Comp – 2nd
2015 CF Masters Qualifier – 124 in world
2015 CF Open Masters (40-44) – Top 1%
2015 CF Iron Spider Team Comp – 2nd
2013 CF Open Masters (40-44) – Top 1%
2013 Reebok Masters CF Comp – 3rd
2012 CFNE Masters Comp – 4th
2012 Spartan Beast 13m Mtn Race – Top 10%
2x Ironman Lake Placid – 11:58:43PR
2x Chicago Marathon Finisher
Boston Marathon Finisher
St. Croix Half-Ironman Triathlon
Timberman Half-Ironman Triathlon