David Mack has become a shareholder in the law firm Lyon, Weigand & Gustafson in Yakima. Mack will continue his practice of representing and advising existing and new clients on estate planning, elder law, tax and probates.

The Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has hired Michael Hart as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the office’s District Court unit. Hart graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2015. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force and as a deputy prosecuting attorney in other counties.

Health care

Astria Health orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alan Greenwald was elected to the executive committee of the board of councilors for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is president of the Yakima County Medical Association and past president of the Washington State Orthopedic Association.


Martin Valadez will be the new director of Heritage University’s Tri-Cities branch campus at Columbia Basin College starting Jan. 6. Valadez is currently director of Workforce Education at Heritage, and has lived in the Tri-Cities since 2006. Valadez is president of the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is involved in other community organizations. The former director of Heritage’s Tri-Cities operation, Marisol Rodriguez-Price, will return as a professor within the College of Education.

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