James D. Cope has been elected president of the National Drug Trade Conference. Cope is president of the Proprietary Association.

Jeffrey J. Fairfield, an attorney, has been elected president of the Herndon Chamber of Commerce.

Ted Mannen has been appointed vice president for government affairs and communications with the Health Industry Manufacturers Association.

L. Randolph Williams has been installed as president of the Northern Virginia Builders Association.

Kathleen Vitale has been named president of the National Capital Area Paralegal Association.

M. William Brier has been elected vice president for communications with the Edison Electric Institute.

T. Eugene Allred has been installed as president of the City of Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Allred is a vice president with First & Merchants National Bank.

Michael Sumichrast has been named senior staff vice president and chief economist with the National Association of Home Builders.

The Washington Center, a nonprofit organization that helps place college students in academic internships, has named six new members to its board of directors: Mimi Weyforth, commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; Charles Diehl, vice president, George Washington University; Frances Humphrey Howard, special assistant, National Library of Medicine; Oliver Johnson, manager of distribution personnel, Giant Foods Inc.; Robert D. Stuart Jr., chairman of the board, Quaker Oats Co., and Edgar H. Twine, manager of federal government relations, Atlantic Richfield Co.

John F. Borz has been re-elected president of the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association. Borz is vice president of Milton Electric Co.

Diane E. DePould has been named general counsel of the Automobile Importers of America Inc.

James H. Merritt is retiring after 16 years as president and chief executive officer of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. He will be succeeded by E. Edward Kavanaugh, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

James P. Schlit has been named director of government relations for Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

Lee VanBreman has been named executive vice president of the American Academy of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery.

Charles H. Edwards has been named director of government affairs for the American Association of Homes for the Aging. Edwards is currently chief of staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging.

William M. Rider has been elected president of the Heavy Construction Contractors Association.

Judy E. Touchton has been named director of communications with the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America.

Delon Hampton has been elected to the board of directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

Robert B. Evans has been elected president of the American Financial Services Association.

M. Lee Rice has been elected president of the Shipbuilders Council of America.