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Karla Diane Gates

Karla Diane Gates, American health services professional. Certified mental health therapist, Washington, certified marriage and family therapist, Washington. Named Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1983.


  • Gates, Karla Diane was born on April 15, 1952 in Everett, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of Paul Monroe and Winifred June (Meddins) Schutt.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Psychology, Whitworth College, 1974. Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science, Whitworth College, 1985.


    • Group life supervisor Good Shepard Home, Spokane, Washington, 1974-1976. Caseworker Toutle (Washington) River Boys Ranch, 1976-1981. Coordinator youth and young adult ministries 1st Presbyterian Church, Kelso, Washington, 1981-1986.

      Therapist, coordinator victims sexual assualt program, school consultant program Lower Columbia Mental Health Center, Longview, 1986-1992, supervisor children's outpatient program, 1992. Private practice individual, child and family therapist, since 1990. Consultant Progress Center, Neuromuscular Center, Longview, since 1991, Family Reconciliation Superior vena cava syndrome/Department Child and Family Services, since 1993.

      Parenting classes TIPPS/Cowlitz Company Human Resources, Kelso, 1992. Founder, executive director Family Center Counseling and Consultation Non-Profit Agency, Longview, 1994.

    Major achievements

    • Certified mental health therapist, Washington, certified marriage and family therapist, Washington.


    Youth ministries consultant Presbyterian Church, Woodland, Washington, 1986, Trinity Lutheran, Longview, 1987, Baptist Church, Ranier, Oregon, 1991. Personnel committee 1st Presbyterian Church, Kelso, since 1992, session/board since 1993. Board directors Cowlitz Family Health Center, since 1993.

    Member Sexual Assault Network, Association Play therapy, Washington Counseling Association.



    Reading, travel, photography, good restaurants, movies.


    • Married Thomas J. Gates, November 24, 1984.
    • father: Paul Monroe Schutt
    • mother: Winifred June (Meddins) Schutt
    • spouse: Thomas J. Gates
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    Born April 15, 1952
    (age 65)