OUR STAFF


North Way Counseling Services staff is professionally trained and draws upon their formal education and experience to address the unique mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational needs of each person. While committed to a Christian perspective in dealing with mental health issues, we are sensitive to perspectives of other belief systems.

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Marc C. Hutchison, MSW

Counseling Focus: Marc is the Director of North Way Counseling Services for the Wexford, Sewickley Valley, and Beaver Valley campuses. He specializes in adoption, autism, attention deficit, opposition defiance, depression, and marriage counseling.

Education and Professional Training: Marc earned a bachelor’s degree from La Roche College and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a counselor and Sociology professor at La Roche College for more than ten years and has worked in the field of Human Services since 1989.

Personal: Marc and his wife Lisa have attended North Way Christian Community for many years and have a passion for serving. They reside in the North Hills with their two daughters. In 2009, Marc became an elder of the church.


Katie (Smith) Armbrecht, MS, NCC, LPC

Counseling Focus: Katie is the Director of North Way Counseling Services for the Oakland, Dormont and East End campuses.

Education and Professional Training: Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southeastern University in Florida and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  Katie works with a myriad of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress management, and relationship conflict. Her desire is to provide a comfortable and safe place for clients to come and be vulnerable as they take their own steps to heal and transform their personal story.

Personal: Katie lives in the Pittsburgh area with her husband and their beautiful baby boy. She enjoys spending the weekend running errands, grabbing coffee, being outside (when it’s warm), and enjoying friends and family both locally and by traveling around to see those who live in other states.


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Laurie Johnson, MA

Counseling Focus: Laurie is a counselor at the Wexford campus, where she works with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in grief and loss, women’s issues, marriage and family, anxiety and stress, depression, and eating disorders.

Education and Professional Training: Laurie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Psychology and Communication Disorders. She has been a counselor at North Way since 2006 and previously provided services to individuals and families at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and TRANSACT Health Systems. In her counseling, Laurie focuses on keeping God‘s truth and grace central to the healing and recovery process.

Personal: :  Laurie and her husband have been members of North Way Christian Community for over 25 years, where she has been involved in the drama ministry, children’s ministry, women’s ministry, and in recent years, she has used her professional skills and her heart for orphaned children to serve in global missions.


Cheryl A. Burns, MS

Counseling Focus: Cheryl specializes in women’s issues, couples counseling, and working with individuals seeking recovery from all forms of addiction, trauma, and abuse.

Education and Professional Training: Cheryl earned her bachelor’s degree from LaRoche College in 2000, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in 2010, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She has close to 20 years of work experience in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings, including Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Pyramid Healthcare, Sojourner House, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Cheryl has worked with North Way’s Counseling Center since 2010. She also works as a research specialist for UPMC, conducting neuropsychological testing.

Personal: Cheryl attends North Way Wexford with her husband Ray and son Noah. They have been members of North Way since 2002 and are grateful for the opportunity to bring their son up with the community and beliefs of North Way. They currently reside in Gibsonia, PA.


Kathy Fullmer, MA, LPC, NCC

Counseling Focus: Kathy is a counselor at the Beaver Valley and Wexford campuses. She does individual and family counseling with both children and adults. The focus of her work is attachment and bonding, trauma, grief and loss, adoption, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

Education and Professional Training: Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a master’s degree in Counseling from Slippery Rock University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Kathy has served as a North Way counselor since 2012, after more than a decade of work with the Three Rivers adoption agency.

Personal: Kathy and her husband Jim are now empty-nesters who enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren and each other. When she is not working, Kathy can be found making quilts, often in the company of friends who encourage each other to love and trust God and to love their families and neighbors as Jesus would.


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Sara Zakutney, MS, NCC

Counseling Focus: Sara is a counselor at the Oakland and Wexford campuses. She specializes in working with college students and young adults, helping with various difficulties including anxiety, depression, emotional or sexual abuse, disordered eating, self-esteem, and relationship issues.

Education and Professional Training: Sara received her bachelor's degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University.  She received her National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential and has completed all requirements to be credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). During her time at Chatham, she taught several undergraduate and graduate courses and worked with the Office of Career Development to help students with career preparation and personality assessments. Her other past experiences include conducting individual and group therapy with formerly incarcerated individuals, working in various educational and child development settings, and ministering to college students while on staff with Cru for three years.

Personal: Sara has been engaging with the North Way community for many years. She loves living in the city and is thrilled to incorporate her faith in Christ into her passion and career.


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Dr. Robert Rafalko, D.Min., MBS

Counseling Focus: Dr. Robert is a therapist at the Dormont, Oakland, and Wexford campuses. His primary charge is to help clients with substance abuse and addiction issues. He also specializes in depression, death, and all the other issues related to substance abuse that face clients and their families.

Education and Professional Training: Dr. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Communications from Robert Morris University and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies (specializing in Biblical strategies in substance abuse) from the Colorado Theological Seminary. He went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry with honors, and he continues to pursue a Ph.D. in Pastoral Christian Counseling with a focus on substance abuse. Robert has worked in substance abuse therapy, relapse prevention, and outpatient client services since 2010.  He is an honorably discharged naval veteran and an ordained Christian minister with the American Missions Teams Evangelistic Organization.

Personal: Dr. Robert is a member of North Way Dormont and resides in the eastern part of the city. He has a zeal of stewardship for serving at North Way.


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Sarah Devine, MA, NCC

Counseling Focus: Sarah is one of our therapists and works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families at the Wexford and Sewickley campuses.  She helps with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, marital and relationship issues, self-injury, family distress, grief and loss, life transitions, and premarital counseling.

Education and Professional Training: Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from La Roche College, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She then completed her master’s degree from Geneva College, specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling, during which time she worked as a graduate assistant in the Geneva College Counseling Center. Sarah is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is working through the requirements of obtaining her credentials to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Personal: Sarah approaches clients with hope, empathy, and a collaborative focus, in order to help them reach their goals, build resilience, and strengthen relationships.


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Dave Loshelder, MS

Counseling Focus: Dave is a counselor at the Wexford, Dormont and Oakland campuses. He specializes in issues related to anxiety, depression, attention deficit, oppositional defiant disorders, and relationships.

Education and Professional Training: Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Psychology from Duquesne University. Working in the field for over two decades, he has experience providing individual and family therapy to people across the greater Pittsburgh area. He also lectures to corporations, associations, civic groups, and universities on topics spanning personal achievement, self-development, and leadership. Dave is also the author of two books.

Personal: Dave and his wife Jennifer love to spend time together as a family. They enjoy keeping busy with their three boys: Nathan, Jacob, and Noah.