-- The board of the nonprofit Emmaus Counseling Center in Richland has elected new officers. They are: Lou Martucci, president; Melissa Edberg, vice president; Kyle Edberg, treasurer; and Mistee Verhulp, secretary. Other board members are Chris Barber, Dale Bartholomew, Alicia Berry, Randy Howerton, Bob Marshall. BJ Olson is executive director, and Pat Lacy is administrative director. Online: www.theemmauscenter.com.
-- Frank E. Blair of Kennewick has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Benton County Boundary Review Board. Blair's term will run through January 2015.
-- The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation' AgForestry Leadership Program presented the Karl and Lexi Kupers Leading Edge Leadership Award to Chris Olsen of Othello and the Carol Mercer Inspirational Award to Nolan Empey of Mesa at a recent ceremony. They were chosen by their fellow classmates to receive distinguished leadership awards. The leadership award was presented to a member of the program who exhibits enthusiasm, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a willingness to take calculated risks and explore new ideas. The inspiration award honors the class member who embodies the late Carol Mercer's dedication to and enthusiasm for the natural resource industries. The men graduated from the program in May. Olsen owns and operates L.J. Olsen, Inc., and has been involved with the U.S. Potato Board as well as the Washington State Potato Commission. Empey serves as president of Empey Orchard, resident of Sheffield Cider, Inc.; and vice president of Basin Agro Services Inc.