-- Sheila Reed Trahan was appointed to the Commission of African American Affairs by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Trahan is a records specialist for Lockheed Martin. She will serve on the commission through November 2013.
-- Jeremy Wiersma has become a commercial loan officer for Gesa Credit Union. Before joining Gesa, he served in commercial lending senior management positions at several Tri-Cities financial institutions. Contact Wiersma at 94-1611, ext. 3256.
-- Gary Grant is now a business development representative for Gesa Credit Union. Grant has 17 years in financial services, educational recruitment and television advertising. Contact Grant at 713-0369.
-- Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. Recipients are selected based on the votes they take that help or hurt small businesses, according to the federation. Klippert received a 100 percent on the federation's report card.
-- Ken Bussell of Kennewick received a lifetime achievement award for excellence in submarine propulsion and power generation from Northrop Grumman Marine Systems. Bussell worked for the company from 1969 until his retirement in 2002. He works for Northrop Grumman as a part-time consultant.
-- Bruce Pritchard, an instructor at Charter College in Pasco, has earned his credentials and been certified as a master HVACR educator.
-- Nik Qafoku, a soil chemist at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is the author of a chapter in a new reference book on soil science, Handbook of Soil Sciences, Second Edition. Qafoku's chapter describes how natural and man-made nanopoarticles interact with and affect soil ecosystems, a new and active area of research.
-- The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce has announced three new board members. Pat Hart, Joe Franell and O.J. Barber each will serve a two-year term. Incumbent Don Rice was re-elected to the board and also will serve another two-year term.
-- Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Cities donated $600 items to the Ronald McDonald House in Spo-kane. The company collected the items during its Rolls of Love Drive. Items included toilet paper, paper towels and other household items.