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Meet The NewDay Staff

Dan Johnson, BA, MA


Dan Johnson (BA, MA) serves as NewDay’s Founder and President. In his role, Dan oversees NewDay’s vision, values, and curriculum. Dan regularly shares NewDay’s story with church, business, and government leaders. Before beginning NewDay, Dan served as a pastor for over 20 years. Since formally establishing NewDay in 2007, Dan has worked with hundreds of individuals and families grappling with substance abuse and addiction. He is also the author of 6 books.

Lisa Wells, LMHCA, M.S.

Counseling Director

Lisa Wells (LMHCA, M.S.) is the Counseling Director for NewDay. She oversees the individual therapy and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). She recently completed her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is pursuing licensure as a therapist. Lisa is passionate about helping to build self-worth, people who experience Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), trauma, substance use disorder (SUD) or have a family member who struggles with SUD or have a family member with an Intellectual and/or Developmental disability (I/DD).

LIsa works with clients at our Indianapolis, Noblesville, and Greenfield locations. If you are interested in setting up an appointment with Lisa please email her at

Jenny Bronger, LCACA


Jenny Bronger (LCACA) is a therapist at NewDay. She does individual counseling and helps with the intensive outpatient program. She has a passion for those who struggle with addiction and for those who have loved ones that struggle, also. She has helped many individuals and couples who have experienced sex addiction and betrayal trauma and other process addictions, as well. She has also worked with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, grief, and trauma. Jenny works with clients at our Indianapolis location and assist with IOP.

To set up an appointment please email:

Sarah Worthman, LMHC

Intake Specialist

Sarah Worthman (LMHC) is the intake specialist for NewDay. She oversees the intake and assessment process for residential, outpatient and intensive outpatient services. Sarah is a licensed mental health counselor with a passion for helping people grow and flourish. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University and her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah University. If you call NewDay, Sarah will be waiting to assist you and help you begin your journey.

Madeline Macaluso

LAC Intern

Madeline is NewDay's LAC intern who assist with phones, IOP, and intakes.

Lori Burns, LMHC, LCAC, BPCC

Executive Vice President

Lori Burns (LMHC, LCAC) is the Executive Vice President for NewDay. She has over 20 years of experience in counseling, coaching, and leading organizations and individuals to successful outcomes. Lori has experience working with adults who face anxiety, depression, abuse, grief, addiction, sexual addiction, trauma, self-worth, spiritual issues, and parenting issues. She has created multiple successful counseling practices and been a pastor in the local church. She has a passion to help the next generation of therapists to become successful. Lori has a passion for the local church, as an ordained pastor, she enjoys partnering with the church in finding ways to resource and care for their members.

Rene Hancock, LCSW

Clinical Director

Rene Hancock (LCSW) is the Clinical Director for NewDay. She oversees the residential program and coordinates with NewDay’s outpatient programs to ensure proper compliance. Rene is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and therapist with experience in a hospital setting and private practice setting. She specializes in substance abuse/addictions (including sexual addiction), trauma, anxiety, grief, and infertility. Rene has a passion for helping others discover their journey and empowering people to use their full potential.

Kamryn VanWanzeele, LMCHA, EMDRIA. LACA


Kamryn VanWanzeele (van-won-zul), LMCHA, EMDRIA. LACA is a therapist at The New Day Center. She is working on her post-graduate LCMHC and certificate in addictions counseling. She works as an outpatient therapist and as our IOP Coordinator. Kamryn specializes in adult mental health counseling and addictions counseling. She has experience working with anxiety, PTSD, bipolar 1 & 2, borderline personality disorder, pornography/sexual addictions, substance use disorders, and trauma. Kamryn's passion as a therapist is to help clients build on their values and understand themselves more to live life fully. Kamryn works with clients at our Indianapolis and assist with our Greenfield IOP.

To set up an appointment please email:

Joel Pollock, CAPRC

Pastoral Counselor

Relying upon God's wisdom and the insight of the Holy Spirit, I am qualified to counsel for many issues, including addictions related to substance use, alcohol, and sex; marriage, premarital, and relationship counseling; grief, spirituality, spiritual abuse, men's and teen boys' issues, and more. I look forward to helping you find freedom by directing you to God's Word, connecting you to community, and allowing you a safe place to process life's hurts and issues. I want to help you find the abundant life in freedom that God has for you. Available weekday mornings and afternoons, and some weekday evenings. Joel works at our Indianapolis, Carmel, and Noblesville locations. He is and Ordained Pastor and is a Peer Recovery Coach.

To set up an appointment please email:

Carlyn Smith, MA, LCACA


Carlyn holds a master’s degree in addiction counseling and has worked in the field for over 8 years. She loves to walk alongside people as they carry life’s burdens and pursue wholeness. She is passionate to see individuals experience freedom and to know their personal value and worth. She believes in the resilience of the human spirit and the healing power of God and community. She has experience working with adults touched by addictions, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, trauma, spiritual issues, and life transitions. She is certified in premarital counseling with the “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts” (SYMBIS) curriculum. Contact Carlyn at

Karman Wright

Medical Receptionist

Cathy Broadnax, LMFT


I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapist at NewDay Recovery Center.

I graduated from Tennessee State University in 1980 with a degree in Psychology. I had a 28 year career in corporate America but never gave up on my dream of being a Therapist. To that end, I enrolled in Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006, In December of 2010 I received my Masters Degree in Counseling with my focus being Marriage and Family Therapy.

My passion is working with couples. I really enjoy Premarital Counseling because I believe it provides couples with a much needed firm foundation for entering into marriage. I also enjoy counseling married couples and helping them to understand oneness with God and with each other. I help them to see the blessing of marriage and not taking for granted the life teammate God has blessed them with.

I also find great joy in working with Senior Citizens. My experience shows that many of them have circumstances in their lives due to aging, change in family dynamics, health struggles, and loss of family and friends. I enjoy helping them to appreciate where they have been and the blessing in what their latter years hold for them.

Lastly, I truly believe my being a therapist is a gift. I also believe that everyone that comes to me is sent by God and it is not coincidence but God’s will for us to work together. So, whatever the circumstance that brings them to me, I know God has prepared me for the privilege of walking their journey with them to mental health healing.

Cathy works with clients at our Indianapolis location. To set up an appointment email:

January Whittaker, CADACII, CRS

Residential Clinical Supervisor

January Whittaker is the Residential Clinical Supervisor, working on finishing her bachelor's degree in Addictions Counseling. She is a certified alcohol drug addictions consultant II (CADAC II) and Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRS). Her passion is working in substance use and addictions due to her personal lived experience with substance abuse. She is devoted to helping people struggling find peace and freedom from substance abuse and addiction.

Cheri Heinzman, LMHC


My heart has a deep passion to meet clients where they are in their pain and their struggle, to walk with them through the dark and the hard, and to help equip them with the tools they need to find their way onto more solid ground. For most of my life, God has been allowing into my story many elements of grief and trauma. He has continually been faithful to walk me through every ounce of my pain and I want to steward well the story He has given me by helping others through difficulty the way He has helped me.

Ever since I was a child, I have had a desire to help people. Through a love for healthcare, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and worked in medicine for 25 years. I kept feeling God prod my heart to switch from caring for the physical heart to the emotional heart, which led me to go back to school and earn my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. With my background in nursing and knowledge in mental health, I desire to help people learn how much their mental health affects their physical health. I also have a passion to speak Truth into men and women who tend to believe lies about themselves that trigger low self-worth and shame.

Outside of serving others through counseling, I enjoy spending time with my chosen family, serving within my church, and traveling—especially internationally!

Areas of experience:
Grief and loss
Healthy boundaries
Sexual abuse
Stress management
Family of origin issues
Life transitions
Cheri works at our Noblesville Office. To set up an appointment please email: