Thursday, April 8, 2004/lk
YAKIMA - Hilda Guerra of Sunnyside was appointed Tuesday to a three-year term on the Yakima County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board by the Yakima County commissioners.
Guerra said she heard about the board through an article she read in the newspaper and decided that it was something she was interested in doing.
"I needed to do something," Guerra said.
George Camden with the Yakima County developmental disabilities department said all counties in the state have such a board. Overall, he noted that the board deals with employment issues facing people with development disabilities, as well as takes on an advocacy role when needed. He said the board helps advise the county commissioners on different issues that deal with employment issues for people with developmental disabilities.
Camden said the board typically has between nine and 11 members, although over the past several years the number of members on the board has dwindled down to four. He said the reason there have been so few board members recently is because the board wanted to refocus itself and define some goals to work toward before bringing new people in.
Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners appointed eight people to the board.
Camden said the eight new board members were chosen by the board after reviewing the submitted applications and inviting those who were interested to attend a regular board meeting.
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