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 AWESOME WORKOUTS that are delivered by CARING COACHES who personally get to know our members. And it’s these relentlessly faithful members who build the foundation of our SUPPORTIVE 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 (Wayland/Acton)

Certifications & Education

CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3, CCFT)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2, CPC)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit HQ Level 1 Seminar Staff Trainer
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.”


2013 CrossFit Regional Northeast – 6th
2013 CFNE Competitors Comp – 1st
2012 CrossFit Games (team) – 12th
2012 CrossFit Regional Northeast (team) – 1st
2011 CrossFit Games (team) – 1st
2011 CrossFit Regional Northeast – 4th
2010 CrossFit Games (team) – 2nd
2010 CrossFit Regional Northeast (team) – 1st
Michele Barbone
Michele BarboneLevel 3 Coach, Dir. of Client Success, Teens Coach
Certifications & Education:
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 CrossFit Open – Top 3% (Northeast)
2012 CrossFit Regional Northeast – 27th
2011 CrossFit Regional Northeast – 19th
Erica Puglielli
Erica PuglielliLevel 2 Coach, Co-Founder (Acton)
Certifications & Education
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Judge Certified
AFAA – fitness instructor since 1994
Basic Life Support Certified
MS Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner – MGH Institute of Health Professions
BA Criminal Justice, Stonehill College


Erica took her first CrossFit class in July 2012 after months of persuasion from a friend who insisted she “just try it, because it’s perfect for you.” At that time, she was working as both a nurse practitioner (with orthopedic surgeons) and a fitness trainer, and had colleagues who had been buying into some of the bad press around the too rapid growth of CrossFit.

Rather than believe the rhetoric, she decided to make her own decision. As with most of us here, it took just one class (one equally amazing and devastating class) and she was all in! Luckily, this same friend also introduced her to Mel Ockerby and the incredible community of Daybreak CrossFit. She has spent the last two years training and learning under Mel and the talented coaching staff.

Erica is one of Daybreak’s most hard-working “masters” (or, um, 40+ years old) and is stronger, healthier and able to accomplish things should could never do in her 20s or 30s, both inside the gym and out. Her “just show up and get work done” mentality has set an example at the gym and at home, where she raises her husband (haha) and three children. She’s proud of what she accomplishes in the gym and it’s the confidence of “being capable” outside the gym that she hopes to instill in her children.

She’s the first to admit that as corny as it sounds, the physical and mental benefits from her experience at Daybreak has helped her family eat healthier, sleep better and live happier. It has also helped her remain an active part of her children’s lives as super mom and coach of their soccer teams.

“At the age of 19, I became a fitness trainer because of my love of exercise and the benefits it provided to my team sports. What I never expected was to find a lifelong passion and pursuit of empowering my clients to accomplish things they never thought possible. This has all come together now in a nice package that I call Daybreak and I am fortunate to be a part of this coaching team and community.”

Greg Smith
Greg SmithLevel 2 Coach
Certifications & Education
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2, CPC)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

An Avid hockey player and athlete, Greg was looking for a way to stay in shape and, more importantly, stay motivated to stay in shape. He was growing tired of his typical gym routine, so when a friend suggested he give a fresh new fitness routine called CrossFit a try, he figured he had nothing to lose. That was back in 2012, when the community and infinite of variety got him hooked on CrossFit.

His journey into coaching began a short time later. With this renewed sense of energy in and around his fitness gains, he was drawn to coaching as a way to bring that energy to others. He continues to be motivated by teaching members they are more capable than they ever thought.

Outside of Crossfit, Greg spends his days working as a linesmen for Verizon, riding his Harley Davidson and spending time with his wife Laura and friends.

Tara Tremelling
Tara TremellingCoach, Women's Self-Defense Coach
Certifications & Education
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
Instructor, USMMA and Mass BJJ
AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
AFAA Certified Kardio Kickbox Instructor
Turbo Kick / Turbo Jam Certified
PIYO Certified
BS Political Science, Asian Studies – Colgate
MBA Univ of Hawaii, Japanese Inst. of Mgmt. Sciences
Additional Studies in:
San Da in Shanghai, China
Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple, China
Jiu Jitsu in Tokyo, Japan

Tara found CrossFit back in 2010 when, as an instructor at USMMA (Muay Thai & Kickboxing), a few of her students encouraged her to try it as a complement to her training. Then, one spontaneous evening on the way to the grocery store, she decided to drop-in to a local box to see what the buzz was about and… instant addiction.

After playing Division 1 soccer and softball at Colgate University, she’s quick to profess that only CrossFit and Martial Arts can give her that same intensely satisfying pre-season training feel. CrossFit quickly became the perfect complement to her long time love of Martial Arts where she competes in Muay Thai bouts around New England. Not only did CrossFit prepare her for fights, but she’ll be quick to tell you she’s in the best shape of her life due to it. Even now as a, ahem, “master” athlete she loves the well-roundedness of CrossFit from cardio to strength to flexibility to mental acuteness.

Tara has over 20 years of experience instructing and coaching karate, Muay Thai, Women’s Self-Defense and a variety of cardio and aerobic styles.

Outside of Crossfit, Tara works at Nuance in Burlington MA as the manager of Strategy, Process and Innovation in their Global Technology Solutions group (IT).

“I came to Daybreak CrossFit when they opened following Mel from her coaching days at CrossFit New England. While I knew she was capable of building something special, the community and support here continues to exceed all my expectations. The community here never fails to energize me, even after the roughest of days. As I continue my coaching journey in CrossFit, I can’t wait to share that energy with members as our team helps them reach the next level of their health and wellness journey.”


14-1-1 record in amateur Muay Thai bouts
2 Degree Black Belt in Shorei GoJu Ryu
2-time Professional Karate Commission (PKC) National Champion
3-time PKC Indiana State Champion
2-time US Karate Alliance World Champion
PKC Best Women’s Competitor of the Year
PKC Female Black Belt of the Year
2-time Battle of Atlanta Champion; NASKA
Bill Brown
Bill BrownCoach
Certifications & Education
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.”

Julia Baker
Julia BakerCoach, Teens Coach
Certifications & Education
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Weightlifting Certification
CrossFit Kids Certification
BA from George Washington University
Masters in Social Work from Simmons

In 2012, Julia had begun working after finishing up her graduate program when a co-worker mentioned that there was a CrossFit gym opening in the area and had was offering a free week trial. Julia signed up with her colleagues and was hooked after her first class. She was immediately impacted by the energy and camaraderie of the class-based sessions. For her, it created a nice balance of competitiveness and community which became key motivators for her to get in those doors almost each and every day.

What’s more, given the demands of her day job, she found there was little time for “fitness” so she had to make the most out of each and every minute she spent in the gym… and that’s when she realized how effective and efficient CrossFit really was when compared to alternative gym classes and fitness routines.

Over the next several years of being committed to the philosophies of CrossFit, Julia developed a love for the barbell (not so much for the burpee) and, of course, coaching. As a coach, she still shares in that glow and excitement generated by new members who unexpectedly find CrossFit as she did and then realize it’s a complete and utter life changer!

Outside of the gym Julia can be found in her Private Practice as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, spoiling her dog, and experimenting with baked goods in all shapes and sizes.

“CrossFit has changed my life both with the people that it has brought into my life but on my overall outlook, my fitness, and my quality of life. CrossFit has allowed me to become a better person to myself and to those in my life. My love of training has allowed me to pursue my passion and I am beyond excited to share that with the Daybreak community.”

Mary Bassett
Mary BassettRise-N-Grind Coach
Certifications & Education
Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)
Coach, Acton Boxboro HS Softball
Former Coach, Acton Boxboro HS Field Hockey
Former Coach, Acton Boxboro HS Girls Basketball

As a lifelong athlete, Mary’s love for fitness blossomed when she took a part time job at Golds Gym at age 16. It’s at that point that she found herself trying various group fitness classes in order to design her own exercise programs which incorporated the best of what she had learned. This also lead to her desire to learn more through formal strength and conditioning certification.

To this day she combines her passion for running, coaching and fitness into her personal and professional routines. Her love of fitness and athletics are directly connected by (a) empowering those participating to better themselves, (b) teaching valuable life lessons and skills, and (c) developing character.

Mary started her Crossfit journey as a supplement to her own exercise program in 2013, thanks to good friends Greg and Laura (who both remain very active Daybreak North members). She loves the group energy, support and friendly competition that is at the heart of the Daybreak community.

Since 2011, Mary has taught a summer seminar to female high school athletes on “how to exercise” safely and effectively. Prior to her work at DayBreak, Mary coached group fitness, bootcamps and personal training at various facilities in the area.

Mary currently resides in Maynard with her husband Tim and son Matthew, and she works at Acton Boxborough Regional High School.

Eric Rapisarda (Rap)
Eric Rapisarda (Rap)Advisor, Operations, Co-Founder (Wayland/Acton)
Certifications & Education
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.”


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