Environmental consulting

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering has given Ryan Mathews of Fulcrum Environmental Consulting certification in health care construction. Mathews can now provide assistance on critical topics in health care construction, including health care planning, design, and construction process compliance; construction risk assessment; mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; medical gas systems; medical technology; and communication and project expectations.


La Salle High School has hired Arturo Torres as its director of admissions. Torres, a Yakima native and Davis High School graduate, most recently worked as a para-professional and after-school program coordinator at Saint Joseph Marquette School and as health and wellness and youth sports supervisor at the Yakima Family YMCA. He has a bachelor’s degree in public health from Central Washington University.

The school has also appointed three new members to its board of trustees: Dennis Colleran, a retired businessman; Dan Fortier, Central Washington Catholic Foundation; and Collette Heffner, Yakima School District.

Barbara Morford of Green Acre Farms Inc. was elected to be chairwoman for 2013-14.

The Yakima Schools Foundation has appointed officers and board members for 2014: James DeGrasse, president; Patricia Byers, vice president; Tressa Stadel, treasurer; and Diane Young, secretary.

New board members are Mike Meyer, Dottie Berndt, Mandy Olson, Meg Pehlke and Corey Hodge.


Huibregtse, Louman Associates Inc. has hired Mike Heit as a project engineer. A graduate of the University of Washington, Heit has nearly 20 years of civil engineering design and construction experience and previously was principal and owner of Pro Services Engineering in Yakima.


The state Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs has appointed Gerardine “Didi” Nasayao Cabusao to its board of commissioners. As a commissioner representing Yakima County, Cabusao, a registered dietitian at Yakima Valley School, will advise the governor and state and local public officials on polices, plans and programs focusing on the needs of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders. Cabusao is also a board member of the Filipino American Community of Yakima Valley.


The Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association has awarded Amy Conrad of Peak Performance Sports & Spine Physical Therapy certification as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. Conrad completed a comprehensive course of study plus written and practical examinations to earn the certification.

Conrad also recently completed a 16 hour, post-graduate lumbar therapy course.

Andrea Box, also of Peak Performance Sports & Spine, has successfully completed the aquatic-based “Low Back Pain Dysfunction” course. Box learned about rehabilitation exercises in the pool that provide a gentle or low-impact means of helping with back pain rehabilitation.


Kiwanis Club of West Valley recent installed new officers. They are: Jim Borst, president; Helen Downs, vice president; Mike Morris, treasurer; Mike Tumy, secretary; and Bob McLaughlin, immediate past president.

The following members will serve on the club’s board of directors: Gary McGlothlen, Mike Bonneville, Mark Mathews, Ken Irwin, Jerry Conklin and Fran Smith.

Members were also given Kiwanis International Legion of Honor awards for years of service to the Kiwanis: Walter Johnson, 60 years; Gary McGlothlen, 45 years; Bill Sable, 40 years; and Bill Bennett, 30 years.