With a genuine passion for elder care, Paula Levy has dedicated the past 25 years of her life to making a difference in the lives of those living with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, as well as their family members. A graduate from Pepperdine University with a BS in Leisure Science/Recreation with an emphasis in geriatrics, she has worked as an Activities Therapist and a Nursing Home Administrator at Namaste Alzheimer Center in Colorado Springs. She developed, implemented and managed the Adult Day Program at both the primary facility and a satellite branch.
Since moving to Woodland Park in 1999, Levy has volunteered as facilitator of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Family Caregiver Support Groups in the Teller County area. The association honored her with its Volunteer of the Year award in 2012. For four consecutive years, her Alzheimer’s related presentation for the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn series regularly has been one of the program’s most popular sessions. Clearly she is the ideal person to serve as the director and is thrilled to lead DayBreak – An Adult Day Program into fruition.
Paula is one of 3 individuals in the state of Colorado who has earned The Positive Approach to Care Certification from Teepa Snow, one of America’s leading educators on dementia.
A native of Woodland Park, CO, Markaya is a graduate from Woodland Park High School, a Certified Nursing Assistant and is qualified to administer medications (QMAP). She is thrilled to be a founding member of DayBreak's staff and looks forward to working with the participants and their caregivers, providing the quality respite care that has been void in our community up until now.
Nicole joined the DayBreak team in May of 2016, just in time to help celebrate our 1st birthday. She recently relocated to Woodland Park from Parker, CO and is excited to be a part of DayBreak’s mission. Previously working in various customer service positions, she brings a bright and cheerful presence to the program even on the most trying days. Nicole is glad for the opportunity to learn more about the various conditions of our participants so that she will be able to better serve them.
Born and raised in California, Amanda has lived in Colorado with her husband and family for 15 years. Her background is in Speech and Language Pathology and Special Education. She has spent the last 18 years homeschooling her 3 children. Now that her children are grown, Amanda spends her time with her friends at DayBreak doing some of her favorite things—singing, playing handbells, cooking, crafting, exercising, visiting, and reminiscing. Amanda shares, "DayBreak is like Disneyland. It is one of the happiest places on earth!"
A native of Colorado Springs, Charlie is a graduate of the University of Denver and has a distinguished 40 Year career as a banker in Denver and Woodland Park. He has participated in the formation of "Voices of Grief" that also provides a compassionate and valuable service to our community. Charlie also was The Chamber of Commerce "Wagon Boss" (2009) recognizing his service to the community. In his banking career he enjoyed the unique opportunity and privilege of participating in the growth and development of the many individuals and businesses that this bank was privileged to serve.
Most importantly, as a longtime (20 Years) family caregiver of his wife Helgi, Charlie found DayBreak so instrumental in providing them both the respite care they needed up until his wife's passing in August of 2016. He remains a great supporter of DayBreak and the services it provides the Teller County communities. Charlie states that he "is honored to serve on the board of directors so as to be a "testimonial " for the DayBreak program and the services it provides for both the caregiver and their loved ones." The mission and support of DayBreak provides a positive impact on the caregiver and the care-receiver. For these reasons alone he chose to be on the Board of Directors to help make more public the fact that this valuable program is available in our community and how beneficial it is for all who participate.
Samantha is currently a CPA and is affiliated with the AICPA and CO Society of CPAs. Her nonprofit work includes Board of Trustees for The Butte Theater, Choices volunteer, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, WP Chamber Ambassador, and she is on the finance committee for Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church.
Miles is currently a board member for the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority Board, a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, and a private pilot with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He has been a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader and served in the United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Miles was also a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician when he worked on three ambulance services. He was a small business owner in our community and in Steamboat Springs when he conducted firearms safety training.
Marc moved to Teller County with his wife Angel in 1996. Since that time, he has worked in mining, financial planning, higher education, and County government. Marc holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Communications/Political Science, having graduated magna cum laude. He is an honors graduate of Regis University with an MBA in Operations Management. Most recently, he is a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.
Over the years Marc has engaged in various civic and volunteer activities in the community and across the State. Under Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Marc was a Governor appointee to the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. He is a former member of the Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board, Teller County Planning Commission, Teller County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the Teller County Community Wildfire Protection Plan Committee. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG – alternate board member), Teller County Board of Health, Teller County Board of Social Services, Gold Belt Tour Scenic Byways, Action 22, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and participates in Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) steering committees during the legislative session. Since 2014, Marc has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. Beginning in 2015, he will be serving on the State’s Emergency Fire Fund (EFF) Committee.
Marc believes in active, positive, and principled leadership. As Commissioner, Marc is committed to serving Teller County and to representing the best interests of his fellow citizens at the local, regional, and state level.
In addition to DayBreak’s Board of Directors, Connie presently serves on the Symphony Guild Board and is president of the Ute Pass Kiwanis. She has formerly served on the Rampart Library Foundation Board, Woodland Park Main Street Organizational Committee, was the Ute Pass Kiwanis president elect and board member