Phillip J. Vasquez (Principal Certification) recently retired from the Yakima School District. Vasquez spent 18 years working in school administration in the district. During his career he served as an assistant principal in an elementary school and as a principal at both the elementary and middle school levels.
Melissa Vickers (B.S., Computer Science) recently earned a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. Vickers is the information technology manager at Yakima Valley Libraries.
Rachel Gonzalez- Garza (M.Ed., Professional Development in ESL) recently completed The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) certification. NISE is a competency-based, academic portfolio of work that demonstrates proficiency across STEM teacher actions.
Sagrario Bernal (B.A., Business Administration) was promoted to Area Manager for central Washington at Enterprise in December. Bernal joined Enterprise in 2016 as part of their management training program. Since then, she’s spent the past five years working as an assistant manager or branch manager at locations across Washington state.
Lizbet Maceda (B.A., Business Administration) started a new position as a regional prevention specialist at ESD105 in Yakima. Prior to this position, she served as community prevention coordinator at the ESD.
Patrick Feller (B.A., Environmental Studies) joined Darigold to serve as a production supervisor in their whey plant in Sunnyside, Washington. He previously served as a field science technician for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Elisa Cantu (B.A., Criminal Justice) recently completed the APR 6 Law Clerk Program. This is a four-year program that is an alternative to attending law school. Those who complete the program are eligible to take the Washington state lawyer bar exam.
Corbin Schuster, PhD (B.S., Biomedical Sciences) earned a doctoral degree in microbiology from Oregon State University in December. His thesis was “Expanding Diagnostic Assays for Pseudoloma Neurophilia and Description of the Progression of Infection in Adult Zebrafish Populations.”
Edith Zarogoza (M.A., Physician Assistant) joined Miramar Health Center in Pasco, where she is working as a physician assistant. Miramar is a Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic subsidiary.
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