Going above and beyond is our standard, not an exception. —Coker Day
Long-term care and Coker go back a ways. “I grew up around the senior care industry. My mother was a director of nursing at a local facility where I spent countless hours as a child.” Prior to founding DayBreak in 2002, Coker worked for a long-term care software company. Today, he oversees the Midlands center’s day-to-day operations while providing other centers marketing and operational support.
Coker wants customers to know Daybreak focuses on keeping them happy and safe in their current environments. That’s where “going above and beyond” is the standard, not the exception.
In his free time Coker spends time with family or fishes. (He serves on DNR’s Marine Advisory Committee.) A past deacon at South Aiken Presbyterian Church, he’s a founding member of the Caregiver Coalition of the Midlands and serves on the board of Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter.
Business Administration Degree, The Citadel
Shari Mintz, Scheduling Supervisor
Exceptional healthcare for the elderly takes place in a sensitive, respectful, and caring manner—Shari Mintz
While visiting her great grandmother in a nursing home the staff’s lack of compassion bothered her. Shari took her great grandmother home to care for her there. She lived to be 99.
Today, Shari supervises caregivers and works with clients to see they receive the best care possible. “My goal? To help the elderly live a healthy lifestyle in the comfort of their own homes.”
Shari’s 23 years’ experience includes working privately for clients in their homes, night supervisor at an assisted living facility, supervisor in an Alzheimer's dementia unit, and working with Hospice.
Shari loves working with the Afghan hound breed and older muscle or exotic racecars. She makes crafts using shells, plants flowers and trees, and enjoys college basketball and four wheelers.
EKG Tech, Phlebotomy Tech, and Medical Assistant Tech Certifications
Certified Nursing Assistant, Trident Technical College
Experience in Geriatric Long-Term Care
Joyce Hess Romero – Senior Resource Advisor
It is important to hear what individuals need before determining what program best fits them. —Joyce Romero
Joyce began her career in Fort Worth, Texas, and returned to Columbia to bring personalized care to the geriatric and long-term care fields. Joyce joined DayBreak in March 2006 as Marketing/Admissions/Community Liaison. She promotes DayBreak to referrals, assesses and admits new clients, educates families on services, cares for seniors, and speaks to groups throughout the Midlands. She also coordinates care with other providers.
Active in the field in the Columbia area for almost 17 years, Joyce began the Senior Care Professionals of the Midlands in 1999. Having been a caregiver for her husband, she understands just how much personal assistance and care mean to families.
Associate Degree of Science, University of South Carolina
BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
Darcie Lindler – HR Manager
Senior citizen deserves the highest quality care and the freedom to remain in their homes as long as possible. —Darcie Lindler
Before joining DayBreak, Darcie worked five years for the Alzheimer’s Association where she counseled families and provided support through educational materials and respite grants. Her experience, combined with compassionate and experienced caregivers, enables DayBreak to provide the elderly much-needed services.
Today, she interviews and hires caregivers and keeps personal records up to date. She implements yearly online training for caregivers and provides ongoing support. She handles most service calls, explaining our services to potential clients and their families. Darcie also helps with scheduling and other administrative duties.
In her spare time, Darcie enjoys the outdoors and boating with her husband, friends, and family. She also enjoys cooking, entertaining, and great music.
Evening Classes, The Citadel
Deep Career Experience
Ameena Gordon - Manager
All clients are important and should be treated with respect. —Ameena Gordon
Ameena’s experience includes volunteering with Palmetto Health Hospice, a year as a social work intern at the Lexington Medical Center Emergency Room, and four years as a social worker at Newberry Memorial Hospital. She’s spent nine years at DayBreak.
“My approach to adult care is basic. All clients are important and deserve to be treated with respect. It’s our job to ensure the client remains in their home as long as they can. That means we respect their home, capabilities, and needs—always. Doing so enables us to provide the appropriate services and a positive client experience.”
When not at work, Ameena likes to exercise, read, and spend time with family and friends. As well, she enjoys music, movies, and concerts.
Bachelors in Human Service Management, University of Phoenix
Master’s in Social Work, University of South Carolina
Licensed Master Social Worker
Josie Barton Bynum - Quality Assurance Specialist
The best care is at home. —Josie Barton-Bynum
In 1989, Josie opened Barton’s Residential Community Care Home, an in-home care service provider. That business, in time, would affirm she had made the right career choice.
Today, Josie makes sure that DayBreak’s caregivers honor the opportunity to serve clients with confidence, integrity, and competence. Her philosophy is simple but effective: “Always be your best and do your best with everyone and everything.”
Josie’s path to caregiving opened up when an 89-year-old woman and her two cats came into her life. They were lost as life goes and needed help. Josie responded and found her calling, in-home care. Josie says her education is a perfect example of “Your career is what you paid for, and your purpose is what you were made for.”
American Training Center
Family Nurse Practitioner, Chamberlain College of Nursing
Lauren Genson - Scheduling Supervisor
Listen first. React after. —Lauren Genson
Lauren worked for two and a half years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. A Registered Nurse, she’s skilled in Cardiology, Oncology, and Medical-Surgical fields. During her career she has primarily worked with adults, a career track that led her to DayBreak.
“I believe in holistic care per individual case. My approach to adult care is to listen first, then react. At DayBreak, my role is to make sure the client and caregivers both have what they need.”
When she’s not making sure client and caregiver have what they need, Lauren loves to spend time with her family and dogs, and a vacation at the beach is high on her list, too. Training for athletic competitions and enjoying movies are favorites too, just don’t expect to see her doing anything that involves heights.
Nursing, Lander University
Family Nurse Practitioner, Chamberlain College of Nursing
Marsha Ward - Quality Evaluator
Caregivers often need support and education about resources to keep loved ones at home as long as possible. —Marsha Ward
Marsha has accumulated more than 30 years’ of experience as a medical-social work professional and has specialized in geriatric social work for the last 15 years. Her experience guides her in the field where she visits clients’ in their home to assess the quality of their care by DayBreak caregivers. She reports service levels to colleagues at DayBreak and interviews family members to determine if they have any additional concerns. She addresses these concerns, often on the spot, bringing peace of mind to families. She also completes client histories to help tailor Daybreak services to fit each individuals’ needs. Her deep experience and awareness of just what constitutes quality service helps DayBreak provide consistently good services. As well, her leadership skills earned her the role of Chairman of the Caregiver Coalition of the Midlands.
In her personal time, Marsha likes to cook, read, and travel.