TRICIA JOHNSON - Executive Director

Tricia was born and raised here in Grass Valley. She graduated from Nevada Union High School then went on to Sierra College and Point Loma Nazarene University, majoring in Child Development. In 1993 Tricia married Steve Johnson, also from Grass Valley. Together they have 3 sons, Calvin, Trevor and Sam. 


Supported by Steve, Tricia lived her dream of being a stay-at-home mom, while spending extra time serving in Church and other Christian ministries. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Anew Day, Tricia served as a Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF), a global organization of in-depth Bible Classes. For 10 years Tricia taught and directed the Grass Valley BSF women’s class, which grew to 220 women and 115 children under her leadership. 

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Christian ministry and community service have always characterized Tricia’s family. Her parents Jim and Anita Mills worked in the school system and were prominent youth ministers in Nevada County.  Both her brothers, Scott and Ben Mills are teachers, coaches and youth ministers here as well.  Her husband Steve Johnson is Deputy Chief of the Grass Valley Police department and their two oldest sons serve as staff members of local youth ministries. Tricia also has a heart for her community and feels called by God to reflect His love and to help people find hope and healing in the midst of their circumstances.

KEITH THOMPSON, LMFT - Clinical Director

Please join us in welcoming Keith Thompson as Anew Day's Clinical Co-Director.  In 2009 Keith Thompson decided to explore his interest in counseling and therapy after attending Anew Day's Counseling Skills Workshop. From that experience, he began serving as a lay counselor then went on to earn his Bachelors degree, followed by his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University in 2013. He received additional training in Mediation/Conflict Resolution and specialized training in EMDR, a trauma-based therapy. Keith is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Christian Counselors Keith's other areas of expertise and interest include: Relationships and Couple's Counseling, Addiction and Recovery, Trauma, Infidelity, Abuse, Pornography, Grief & Life Transitions.

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Keith has come full-circle with his love for others, helping them live happy, healthy lives through the work he has accomplished through both Anew Day and his private practice. We look forward to all that awaits him as our new Clinical Director. Welcome back Keith!

SUSAN LEONARD - Lay Counseling Supervisor

Susan was raised in the Bay Area and attended Cañada College and Liberty University with a major in Counseling/Psychology. Susan is married to Mike and has six children and eight grandchildren. She recently moved to Nevada County from Maui, Hawaii, where she worked as the Director of Celebrate Recovery and as the church counselor at Hope Chapel in Kihei.


Formerly Susan worked at Big Valley Church in Modesto, California, as the Director of Single Woman's Ministry and the Director of Counseling. She has 20 years of Lay Counseling experience, including supervision, as well as a heart devoted to helping others. 

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Susan has worked in all facets of ministry with an emphasis on recovery, mentoring and counseling. She specializes in addiction and recovery and holds many training certificates including Crisis and Trauma, Sex Addiction, Coaching and Biblical Counseling to name a few. Susan's leadership experience and contagious love for Christ is an incredible blessing to Anew Day.

JULIE MYERS - Administrative Assistant

Julie grew up in Nevada County as the second of 5 children. Having 2 younger sisters with special needs required her to spend much of her youth in a caretaking roll. This experience shaped Julie’s character and gave her a heart for those who are vulnerable. Julie graduated from Nevada Union then went on to college at Sac State where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.


 In 1996 Julie married her husband Abe. They have 5 sons, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren. Zack, Ethan and Jordyn are married, Judah graduated from Nevada Union last spring and Ben and Levi attend Forest Lake Christian School.

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Julie is thankful to have been able to stay home to raise her children and spend the past 8 years homeschooling. She is looking forward to this new chapter in her life and all that the Lord has for her to offer the ministry of Anew Day. Julie’s journey with us began when she took our Counseling Skills Workshop. Julie brings to us her wisdom, experience, organizational skills, artistic eye, understanding of social media and her heart to serve God.

GARRETT KRONLAND - Administrative Assistant

Garrett joined Anew Day’s office staff as an administrative assistant in July of this year. He has worked for Anew Day in the Professional Therapy division for five years as a Registered Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Garrett has completed his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant University. Garrett knew from an early age that he had a fondness for understanding human behavior, and started working towards his professional career by earning his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of California, Davis. It was here that he took steps towards learning more about the dynamic interactions of human thoughts, feelings, and  behaviors. He is continuing to pursue his professional career by merging his interests in psychological science with his passion and drive for helping people.


Garrett believes that hope is a foundational component of transformative life-change, and he actively works with his clients in helping them discover their own sources of hope.