Our Team

Paula Cullen

Vice President

Paula graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, and worked as a critical care RN at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto. After returning to Spokane to make a permanent home for her growing family, Paula earned a degree in English literature from Whitworth. During that time, she dedicated her life to Jesus Christ. Law school at Gonzaga followed. She then worked as a consultant to attorneys in medical cases until the Lord called her to full time ministry as the first director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Spokane, later known as Life Services. She served in that role for 18½ years and retired in 2009. Since then, she has served on the board of Heartbeat International, and a consultant for Care Net, affiliating organizations for pregnancy resource centers. She currently serves on the board of Path of Life, a ministry to those experiencing sexual brokenness. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending winters in Arizona with Dick, her husband of 50 years. They have four adult children, and 13 grandchildren.

Kent Clausen               


Born and raised in South Dakota, Mr. Clausen is a graduate of the University of Montana in Business Administration and Accounting. After college, Kent practiced public accounting in Seattle and later worked for US West Cellular. In 1993 Mr. Clausen fulfilled his dream to develop commercial real estate by opening his first hotel in Spokane. Since then, Kent has developed, owned and operated 14 additional hotels in five western states. He is an avid outdoorsman and passionate about hunting and motorcycling.   Kent is happily married to his fabulous wife Bonnie and has two boys, Randy and David.

Carolyn Jacobs

Carolyn Jacobs


A retired teacher of the Mead School District, Carolyn is married to Roger and she has two stepchildren and one daughter. She enjoys reading, sewing, hiking, canoeing, teaching Sunday school, and volunteering at her daughter’s school.

John Johnson

Board Member

John was born and raised in Spokane. He has been married almost 50 years to his high school sweetheart and they have four children and four grandchildren. John obtained his Bachelor of Marketing Management from Eastern Washington University in 1973. Following a fifteen-year stint of upper management for a local firm, John has had his own practice in the insurance field for about 27 years starting in 1990. He has been an independent broker the entire time and has obviously seen changes in our industry.

John has been involved in a number of community activities including board member and Chairman of the Board of Northland Credit Union for a number of years. He is the current President of the Spokane Association of Health Underwriters. John also serves as Chairman of Team St. Luke’s Annual Golf Tournament. He and his wife have been involved with World Relief supporting legal immigrants from Serbia, Croatia, and Iran. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from EWU in 1973 and obtained his Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies of Christian Leadership in 2016.

Dean Whitman

Dean Whitman        

Board Member

Strongly committed to values-based investment counseling, Dean has been involved in his financial planning practice since 1990 helping Christians make meaningful stewardship decisions with biblically based advice through discussions involving their vision, values and goals. 

Associated initially with Christian Financial Concepts as a certified counselor­-teacher, later with Crown Ministries as a trained small group leader and currently as a certified instructor with the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants, Dean brings key insights and stewardship guidelines into the home and workplace by addressing biblical principles as they relate to everyday finances. 

In conjunction with The Timothy Plan, a pro-life, pro-family Christian mutual fund, Dean has taught the Biblical Stewardship Series Seminar in numerous churches in the Pacific Northwest promoting prudent money management and investing from a strictly biblical worldview. 

Dean has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Spokane, Washington. He is the past chair of the Inland Northwest Leadership Prayer Breakfast and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He also served as a founding board member of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants who represent a growing number of investment professionals associated through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and are dedicated to both investing and financial planning disciplines centered upon biblical principles. 

Dean is a product of the University of Oregon and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kathleen, who have five grown children and ten grandchildren, reside in Liberty Lake, Washington.