Our Mission

Our Mission

and Our Team

and Our Team


We also promise to motivate you through elegantly brutal workouts, rockstar trainers, and a community vibe that can’t be found anywhere else.

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…. it’s about building a wildly loyal member base who become more than just your gym buddies.

And when everything you do favors QUALITY OVER QUANTITY, you can create something pretty darn special.


We live here, work here, play here and send our kids to school here, so we understand your need for an effective and motivating fitness program that balances family, work, friends or school.

We didn’t invent CrossFit, functional fitness, or high-intensity interval training (HIIT). And we’re not the only gym to promote group-based, community workouts. But we are special in that we figured out how to deliver CrossFit in a way that meets each of our members’ unique needs. So you see, it’s really not about the “what” we do… it’s about the “how” we do it.


There’s only one Daybreak, and we’re just built differently.

You have a LOT of choices when it comes to your fitness. Barry’s, F45, Orangetheory, Lifetime Fitness, Planet Fitness, BSC, and the list goes on. See below on where we fit in this crazy world of fitness and gyms…


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.

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

James Blackwell
James BlackwellLevel 2 Coach

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Kevin Gates
Kevin GatesLevel 2 Coach

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Judge Certified
BS Business Management, Framingham State Univ.

Kevin initially heard about CrossFit back in 2010 when he watched his cousin compete at the CrossFit Games.

After his freshman year of college, he was growing tired of his typical gym routine. He joined a local CrossFit affiliate to try something new and see what all the “community” hype was about. Well, that community let him to pursue coaching and helping others get the most out of their trip to the gym.

Today, he’s now bringing that energy and excitement to the community at Daybreak.

In addition to coaching, Kevin spends his days working at RPM Fitness as the Training Operations Coordinator, creating content, programming workouts, writing session plans, and working with gyms all over the world.

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.

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 its 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.

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

Pancho Torres
Pancho TorresCoach, Donut Sommelier


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
  • Adaptive/Inclusive Trainer
  • MA in Urban & Regional Policy
  • BA in Social Ecology


Pancho discovered his love for CrossFit in 2016 after a marathon training injury forced him to add strength training to his routine. He walked through the doors at Daybreak and immediately found himself hooked on the constantly-varied workouts, the challenges each presented, and the supportive community that relentlessly cheered each other on.

Pancho is a dancer. Literally. Not only does he jam to tunes in the gym, but he is a retired dancer (ballet & modern) who has traveled the world performing. Once he retired, he transitioned to producing and instructing his own choreography for 10 years.

His experience in dance allows Pancho to see our members and movement through a unique lens. He knows how bodies need to move to move to produce a desired outcome. Whether it’s jumping from a plié or performing a heavy snatch… Pancho loves helping his students master new techniques and skills.

Outside the gym, Pancho works for the State of Massachusetts as an Urban Planner, working to improve Main Streets into more vibrant, urban centers. He is also working towards an MBA at Bentley University with a concentration in Leadership. When not coaching (and sometimes right after), you may catch him eating his bakery fave: donuts! — in moderation of course. 🙂

Jay Smith
Jay SmithSports Performance Personal Trainer


  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Functional Movement Screening
  • CPR & AED Certified


Jay has been working as a strength coach since 2013 specializing in working with Middle School, High School, and College athletes across multiple sports and skill levels. He is focused on delivering functional strength, speed and agility training, injury prevention, as well as injury rehabilitation.

Part of Jays passion for coaching comes from seeing his athletes succeed in their goals, whether it be to shave some time off their 40-yard dash, jump higher, or be stronger and more athletic in general. He is excited to partner with Daybreak CrossFit to provide his clients a state-of-the-art fitness home that has a true community vibe.

In addition to coaching individuals and small groups, Jay works with several teams through his own business ProForm Strength and Conditioning, with the goal of bringing professional speed and agility training to team practices, as well as helping teams reduce the risk of sport related injury.

Eric Rapisarda (Rap)
Eric Rapisarda (Rap)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.

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%
2013 CF Open Masters (40-44) – Top 1%
2013 Reebok Masters CF Comp – 3rd
2012 CFNE Masters Comp – 4th
2012 Spartan Beast 13m Race – Top 10%
2x Ironman Lake Placid – 11:58:43PR
2x Chicago Marathon Finisher – 3:56PR
Boston Marathon Finisher