Business development

The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce has given new titles to Thane Phelan and Elizabeth Fitzgerald after they attended Institute for Organization Management certification training in Los Angeles.

Phelan, who previously served as communications and marketing director, is now the chamber’s vice president. Fitzgerald is now executive director of the Yakima Chamber Foundation. She previously served as the chamber’s development director.


The state Department of Licensing has granted Stephen Hazzard the Licensed Professional Engineer designation. Hazzard is a graduate of Washington State University’s civil engineering program and has worked at Huibregtse, Louman Associates in Yakima since 2008.


Yakima attorney David P. Abeyta has been elected to the board of governors of the Washington State Association for Justice, which is made up of more than 3,000 attorneys statewide who represent people who have been injured due to the fault of others.

Abeyta, who has practiced at Abeyta Nelson Injury Law since 2010, received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his law degree from California Western Law School in San Diego.


United Way of Central Washington’s board of directors has elected four new members for the 2013-14 year: Sharon Prill, Yakima Herald-Republic, who will also chair the marketing committee; Chris Rankin, Rankin Equipment; Sonia Rodriguez-True, Law Office of Sonia M. Rodriguez True; and Nick Marquez, Yakima Real Estate Services.

The organization has also elected new board officers: Patty Dion, chairwoman; Mike Broadhead, Central Valley Bank, vice-chairman; Sandy Dahl, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, secretary; Tom Hurson, Tree Top, treasurer; and Jan Luring, McDonald’s, immediate past chairwoman.