Coaches & Staff 2018-12-05T09:54:34+00:00



We and many members of our team live here, work here and send our kids to school here. Make no mistake... we're in this for the long haul. We are committed to making our hometown:


That’s it. That’s why we do it. And the only way to deliver on that promise is to surround our members with the best staff possible. We’re not fresh out of college. We’re not riding the CrossFit “fad”. We’re a highly experienced team of fitness enthusiasts led by CrossFit Level 3 Trainer, Mel Ockerby.

In fact, we are the only Level 3-coached gym in the Wayland/Sudbury and Acton/Concord areas. This ensures your safety and well-being are priority #1. It also means we have a track record of delivering amazing results!


Mel Ockerby
Mel OckerbyLevel 3 Head Coach, Co-Founder (Wayland/Acton)
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, 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

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

Michele Barbone
Michele BarboneLevel 3 Coach, Teens Coach
Michele took her first CrossFit class in April 2010 and was instantly hooked. After playing competitive 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

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

Erica Puglielli
Erica PuglielliLevel 2 Coach, Co-Founder (Acton)

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.”

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

Eric (Rap) Rapisarda
Eric (Rap) RapisardaCoach, Co-Founder (Wayland/Acton)
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

Certifications & Education

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

Jackson Nguyen
Jackson NguyenCoach

Jackson was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, but spent most of his time in the Boston area working in the fitness industry since 2011. Growing up, Jackson was an avid athlete focusing on football and track and field in High School. To further shed some of his “chunkiness” he began high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to supplement his sports and eventually found his way into CrossFit circles where the programmatic and measurable approach to fitness really yielded results.

Fast forward to now where he has spent several years building his experience in CrossFit with a specialty in Olympic Lifting. He’s not only a certified USA Weightlifting trainer but was also a nationally ranked weightlifter for the USA in 2016.

“I’ve had the amazing opportunity to help shape hundreds of lives through my passion for health and wellness. And I’m excited to bring that passion to Daybreak to impact my community even more. “

Certifications & Education
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
CrossFit Judge Certified
USA Weightlifting & Sports Performance Trainer
Catalyst Athletics Weightlifting & Program Design
BS (candidate) Health Science

Bill Brown
Bill BrownCoach

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.”

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

Sara Colket
Sara ColketBox Photographer, WOD Commentator
Sara is our box photographer.  She thinks this photo makes her look like an intimidating athlete. Sara runs the finest (ok, only) photo studio in Sudbury. She has been an avid CrossFitter for over two years and considers herself good at rowing, mobility and cracking jokes in class. Sara loves CrossFit photography, especially when it involves good looking people in the summertime.

Although she embraces realism in her work, she does pledge to fill in bald spots and edit out underarm sweat whenever possible. She enjoys hugging (some people), crushing New York Times crossword puzzles and complaining about the weather. And if you haven’t figured it out already, she wrote this profile drivel herself.

Thanks to Sara, we have these wicked awesome website photos of our members and coaches. If you’d like to get some of your own…

See More of Her Work
Daybreak CrossFit Photos
Sara Colket Photography