Genesis Institute staff are experienced Christian leaders with many years of ministry and practice working with people in care-giving settings. All of our staff adhere to an evangelical, Biblical statement of faith, and we're committed to personal growth and active local church participation.

Dave Hutchins, LMHC

Co-founder and Executive Director

M. Ed. Whitworth University M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Colorado Christian University

Dave received his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling graduate training under the supervision of nationally known psychologists Drs. Larry Crabb and Dan Allender at Colorado Christian University. He speaks on the subject of courageous parenting to various denominations, leaders, and professionals around the world. The success and the needs addressed by the seminars has led to the publication of the book, Courageous Parenting, by Navpress. Dave is also an instructor at Moody Bible Institute Spokane.

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Linda Depew

Development Director at Genesis

B.A. Child Development and Special Education, Montana State University

Linda has volunteered at Genesis for over 17 years, co-leading Courageous Parenting groups and serving with Genesis in many ways. She has a deep desire to increase the community awareness of the ministries that Genesis offers, and to partner with individuals, businesses and local churches in the community.

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Dennis Roach

Executive Ministry Coordinator

B.S. Wildlife Biology, Utah State University

Dennis has 25 years of experience working with incarcerated juvenile delinquents as well as 15 years as the Youth Outreach Director for the Union Gospel Mission. He is currently retired and working part time here at Genesis Institute. Dennis is married to his wife of 37 years, Joanne. They have one child, Michael. When Dennis is not helping the Genesis staff, he enjoys anything outdoors. He likes radical hiking, reading, and just being with people.

Crystal Specht, LMHC


M. Ed., Whitworth University

Crystal loves walking alongside those who are hurting, and seeing how the Lord uses Biblical counseling to bring healing in their lives.She works with women from age 14 to those who are in their golden years.Her counseling passions include women’s issues, life transitions, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and relationship struggles.Crystal has been with Genesis since 2010.Prior to that, she worked for ten years as a high school counselor, and was the supervisor for the Spokane First Call for Help crisis line.

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Todd Patrick, LMHC


M.A. in Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Todd’s experience includes 15 years of youth ministry in several church settings from California to Washington. He has engaged people in his private counseling practice as well as in the inpatient adolescent, adult, and emergency department psychiatric settings. He enjoys coming alongside those with issues of anger, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems in addition to child and adolescent difficulties.

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Katrina Mason, LMHC


M.Ed. Whitworth University

Since 2010 Katrina has taught adolescent psychology and youth issues in counseling classes at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane. For three years, Katrina met with individuals and couples in a private counseling practice. For 7 years, Katrina worked with at-risk-youth in a treatment facility, and provided Family Preservation Services in the community. She has served many years in a variety of ministry capacities, facilitating groups and meeting with teens and adults. She is passionate about helping individuals suffering from depressions, anxiety, anger, grief and loss, relationship issues and life transitions.

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Amanda Fuchs, LMHC


M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

Amanda was drawn into the counseling field after experiencing the direct impact that counseling had on her family. Being from the Chicagoland area, she started her career in the medical model there, working as a Mental Health Counselor with acute patients at the local hospital. For some time, she worked as a counselor in a church setting, continuing her opportunity to integrate her study of God and people. She has a deep reverence for God on the move in her clients stories. Amanda loves coming alongside people to invite them into deep places of purpose. Her areas of practice include, difficult relationships/ transitions, depression/ anxiety, sexual abuse, mental health, behavioral addictions and spiritual direction. Amanda also serves on the Care Leadership Team at Summit, her home church.

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Lynnette Palmer, LMHC, MHP, CMHS


M.A. in Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Lynnette studied under Dr. Dan Allender. She is also certified as a Child Mental Health Specialist in the State of WA.

Lynnette has 10 years of ministry experience with local and nationally recognized ministries such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Young Life, Cup of Cool Water, and Project 619. Lynnette has worked in community mental health, providing crisis counseling to children, youth and their families prior to joining our team here at Genesis Institute.

She enjoys helping her clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. She provides her client’s with a warm, nonjudgmental environment, a safe space to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they desire.

Lynnette provides counseling services for children 3-18 years old, young adults, pre-marriage and marital counseling. She specializes in working with individuals with depression, anger issues, relational difficulties, past sexual abuse, life stage transitions, women’s issues and single adults.

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