American Federal Savings and Loan association and First National Bank of Southern Maryland have each, for the first time, promoted a woman to vice president.

Shirley J.Faraday at American federal becomes the first woman to serve as a senior officer in the institution's 102 years. She joined American Federal in 1953.

Martha S.Barner, who was originally employed at First National as a secretary in 1961, is also the first woman vice president in the bank's 76-year history.

Bank of Virginaia-Potomac announced three vice presidential promotions recently. Frederick C.Berhalter joined the bank as a branch officer in 1973. In September 1975 he was promoted to assistant vice president, and he currently is responsible for the bank's Fairfax County operations.

Kenneth H.Trout, also an assistant vice president since September 1975, has been active in the bank's Arlington County operations.

Jerry D.Woodfin has been a branch manager and district William Country area since February 1976. As vice president he will be responsible for all Prince Williams County branches.

William F.Rountree, Jr. has been named executive vice president and head of the commerical division at United Virginia Bank/National. Rountree comes to UVB/National from UVB's Norfolk affiliate, where he was most recently a vice president in the commercial services department.

Wheat, First Securities, Inc. has elected PAul E.Strokes vice president. Strokes has been resident manager of the Richmond-based stock brokerage firm's Arlington office since 1974.

Satellite Business Systems has appointed Martin J.Votaw vice president for technical operations. Votaw comes to SBS from Communications Satellite Corp. where he was a vice president.

SBS is a partnership formed by wholly owned subsidiaries of the Aetna Casualty and Surety Co., Comsat General Corp. and IBM.

New executive vice president at the U.S. Independent Telephone Association is George E.Pickett, who succeeds William C. Mott. The association represents telephone companies around the country that are not a part of the Bell network.

Paige T.Davis has been named vice president and regional manager of the Variable Annuity Marketing Co., whoch is a subsidiary of the Variable Life Insurance Co.

John D.deButts, chairman of American Telephone and Telegarph Co., has been elected chairman of the Business Council. The council is a private group based in Washington that represents interests of the business community.

McDonald's Corp. has named Robert M.Beavers, Jr. corporate vice president with management responsible for the Washington, D.C. region. The region, the largest in McDonald's chain, includes 190 restaurants.

Alfred. A.Michaud, vice president for marketing at Amtrak, has been elected chairman of the U.S Travel Data Center. The center is a Washington-based non-profit organization that does research on travel and tourism.