Case Management
Services

Since 1988, Daybreak has been providing comprehensive case management services to adults seeking to live a complete and largely self-sufficient lifestyle in the Mat-Su Valley. Our initial focus was working with those with a diagnosed mental illness, helping them to engage in their communities by assisting them to find and obtain employment, housing, transportation and other services.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

We have since expanded our services to include working with individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and are also suffering from a diagnosed mental illness.

Valley Reentry Partner

In 2016, Daybreak became one of the first partners in the Valley Reentry Partners program, providing the support needed to help those who have been incarcerated to successfully return to the community.

Engage In Recovery

We believe a person is far more than merely a diagnosis, that everyone has the ability to do dynamic things and that recovery from a mental illness is possible. Our case management plans are tailored to each client and designed to make the most of his or her capabilities. More importantly, those plans are delivered by caring professionals who actively engage with the people we serve.

Our Team

  • Bill Aube

    Executive Director

    Bill has been committed to the vision and mission of Daybreak since he was first hired in 1988. Today, as our executive director, he continues to support that mission as he works in cooperation with other community non-profits. In addition, he works to ensure our continued financial stability and supervises all four of our primary service divisions. “The most important aspect of what we do is the dignity the Board and Daybreak staff show to every one of our consumers,” says Bill. “Our advantage lies in the case management we provide in the community, which is why we are also often the lead agency in forming coalitions with others in the Matsu Valley.” A graduate of the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Bill earned his Master of Social Work degree from Washington, D.C.-based Catholic University. He has served as executive director since 1990.

  • Polly-Beth Odom

    Assistant Executive Director

    “My role is to educate the community about the scope of services Daybreak provides in the recovery process,” explains Polly-Beth. “It is our job as an agency to find the resources and services that will best meet the goal of the person served—no matter how out of the box their recovery may be. We ensure that a person’s highest potential is met in their recovery process. Polly-Beth began her career with Daybreak as a resident manager/case manager in 1988. Her current role includes being responsible for the daily operations of the agency, including managing CARF accreditation, grant writing and mentoring staff members. She is also active in community projects focused on improving mental health service delivery in Alaska. Since 2007, Polly-Beth has been an adjunct professor at Wayland Baptist University. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alaska-Anchorage and a Masters of Science in Community Mental Health from Trinity College of Vermont.

  • Jeff Odom

    CRP Court & Prisoner Reentry Program Manager

    Jeff has worked in the human services field for over 20 years, including as a Safety Officer & Community Schools Coordinator as well as a direct service provider for individuals with developmental disabilities. At Daybreak, he has played key role in providing support and advocy for those involved in the Palmer and Anchorage Therapeutic Courts. “My role is to help them be successful and compliant with court requirements,” Jeff explains. “I assist them with finding housing, employment, medical and health providers, and assist them with applying for benefit. My role as the Prisoner Reentry case manager is similar. I help clients who are being released from prison or jail transition back into the community. The ultimate goal is to help them stay out of jail and be productive members of society.” According to Jeff, he particularly enjoys his work with Daybreak because of the organization’s mission and commitment to giving those who are less fortunate a voice in the community. He appreciates being on the “front lines” with clients and working well with the court system. He received his Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies and his Bachelor of Human Services from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

  • Kelly Eggleston

    Clinical Director

    After Kelly completed her Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, she enjoyed a successful career as a case manager, substance abuse counselor and program manager working with both adults and youth. She subsequently completed the Masters Program in Community Mental Health at Southern New Hampshire University before eventually joining Daybreak more than a decade ago. “Daybreak makes the extra effort to get to know the clients we work with,” she shares. “Our treatment plans are based on things that they want to accomplish rather than things that we identify. I have the privilege of working at a job that is not only fulfilling, but that I really enjoy as well.” Kelly says that one of the things that sets Daybreak apart from other service providers is not only how they view their clients, but how clients view them. “I am still assisting some clients that I initially starting working with twelve years ago. They choose to stay with our agency long term.”

  • Jessie Russell

    Case Manager

    As a case manager, Jessie focuses on assisting clients to achieve their goals and advocating for them as necessary. It’s a career she has worked towards for many years, having volunteered in the human services field for more than a decade. She worked as a correctional officer and, more recently, an individual support specialist for individuals with behavioral and developmental disabilities. Jessie earned an Associate’s Degree in Psychology and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She joined the Daybreak team in 2016. “I enjoy working with the team Daybrreak has in place,” she says. “Everyone enjoys their job and assisting the rest of the team. I truly couldn’t ask for a better place to work.”

  • Kelsey Hicks

    Administrative Assistant and BHAP Case Manager

    When visitors arrive at Daybreak, Kelsey is likely the first person they’ll meet. As she runs the front desk, she also assists staff members with any questions they have, manages the Basic Homeless Assistance Program (BHAP) grant, and screens BHAP applicants. “I work under a ‘no wrong door’ policy, meaning that even if there is nothing Daybreak or BHAP can do, I will continue to seek out other resources and referrals for the client,” says Kelsey. “I work at Daybreak because I get to work with wonderful people who genuinely love their jobs, at a place that is making a real difference in people’s lives.” Kelsey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Cornell College. She also completed an internship as a community organizer with AFACT before joining the Daybreak staff in 2012.

  • Christian Odom

    Direct Service Provider

    In his work as a direct service provider, Christian has the opportunity to meet with clients one-on-one, assisting them with transportation needs. He enjoys getting clients out into the community, helping prevent them from being isolated. “Before becoming a direct service provider, I was a residential advisor for Daybreak for three years,” says Christian. “I have also worked various customer service jobs to help me develop the skills necessary to help a variety of people.” Christian says that each of his Daybreak colleagues goes above and beyond for their clients. “The support and effort Daybreak provides is unmatched, and the respect and kindness shown in and outside of the work environment is second to none.”

  • Randy Bendle

    Program Manager

    Randy’s role at Daybreak focuses on helping people living with both mental illness and traumatic brain injury become as independent as possible. Doing so requires him to work with multiple agencies within the community as he connects people with the resources they need to ensure the best care possible. “The work Daybreak does in the community is incredibly valuable,” Randy says. “We work out in the field and can be available to attend important meetings, to be there for the individual and ensure communication between them and agencies is as clear as it can be.” Randy joined Daybreak in 2012, but has been working in the human service field for over 10 years. He has assisted both children and adults, including working in the crisis unit in Anchorage. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Eastern Washington University and is currently in the process of earning his Master’s Degree in Psychology.

  • Freddy D. Camerena, Jr.

    Case Manager

    Working with clients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and who have a mental illness requires a special touch. For Freddy, that includes developing individuals treatment plans that acknowledges each person’s strengths and weaknesses by working on their specific objectives on a weekly basis. Freddy, a graduate of the University of Alaska-Anchorage, has worked in the mental health field since 2011, beginning his career as a behavioral health associate working with SED children. He also completed an internship with the UAA Tapestry Program working with individuals with mental and intellectual disabilities. “I have had a truly rewarding experience since joining Daybreak,” Freddy says. “The best part is the smile I get at the end of a session from a consumer. It tells me I was able to help make their day just a little bit better.”

  • Emmy Schultheis

    Case Manager

    “I assist those struggling with past traumas to overcome obstacles and, therefore, live more independently,” explains Emmy. “As a case manager at Daybreak, I advocate for, broker and link our clients to services related to housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health providers, medical providers and other community services.” Emmy appreciates how much of an impact she is able to make in her work, especially the fact she is able to see the effect of her work. She says she is not alone; her colleagues at Daybreak exemplify the same dedication to consumers and pride in their work that she feels. Emmy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, working in the social services field during and after her schooling. She has conducted research on food motivation, alcohol consumption and behavior motivations, and has worked as a case manager and an activity therapist.

Daybreak’s Board of Directors

The Daybreak Board of Directors is made up of volunteers and includes community leaders, client family members and other stakeholders. As a board, they help to provide vision for our organization, oversee our activities and ensure we continue to focus on our mission of meeting the needs of the individuals we serve. Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Daybreak conference room. The following individuals are currently serving on the Daybreak Board of Directors:

Dean Mandrell

President

Vacant

Vice President

Sarah Welton

Secretary

Leslie Hollaus

Treasurer

Howard Bess

Member

Ray Stride

Member

Vacant

Member