Mellon Bank Corp. of Pittsburgh has named Barrie G. Christman, 33, president of Mellon Bank (Md.) effective immediately, making her the highest ranking woman at Mellon Bank Corp., the 11th-largest bank-holding company in the United States.

Christman replaces John J. Curran, who was interim president while Mellon Bank and the state of Maryland negotiated the purchase of the assets and assumed liabilities of the troubled Community Savings and Loan Association of Bethesda.

"It's full steam and straight ahead from here. The last step is receiving approval from several federal authorities. After that we expect to be in full operation," Christman said.

Mellon completed preliminary negotiations in March and plans to reopen eight of Community's nine branches as the Mellon Bank (Md.)

Final court approval was received last week, and regulatory approvals are expected this week. Branch offices are expected to open in mid-May, the bank said.

"We are prepared to open a full-service bank that will offer all functions of an in-state bank. We will be taking deposits, opening loan operations and expect to enter the commercial market as soon as possible," Christman said.

Community's 20,000 depositors, who have had $324 million of deposits frozen since August, each will have access to $100,000 of the insured deposits in most cases, a Mellon spokesman said.

Christman joined Mellon in 1974 while earning a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. Most recently, she served as vice president in charge of Mellon's middle-market activities in the southeastern and central United States. Middle-market activities involve companies with annual sales of between $5 million and $125 million.

After working as a commercial loan officer in Mellon's Greensburg, Pa., branch, Christman established the bank's middle-market activities in the Chicago area in 1982.

"This is the cap on a challenging 12-year career. I'm looking forward to digging in and and getting to work with the Community managers already established in Bethesda," Christman said.

Current employes of Community Savings and Loan will stay on, and branch managers will retain their positions in the new Mellon (Md.) branches.

BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES

First Virginia Banks Inc. named S. Anderson Hughes vice president of First Virginia Bank of Falls Church. Hughes is a commercial loan officer in the real estate and construction loan department.

First American Bank of Virginia elected George W. Johnson and Dwight C. Schar to its board of directors. Johnson and Schar will replace James R. Gosnell and Bernard Steinberg, who have retired.

The Student Loan Marketing Association named Richard J. Boyle Jr. vice president of marketing for operations in the eastern and central regions.

The Board of the National Bank of Washington named four new vice presidents: Charles O. Calvert, vice president of investment management; Lydia Coffeen, vice president of the Washington branch; Patricia N. Mathews, vice president of public affairs; and Graydon E. Vann, vice president of real estate.

COMMUNICATIONS

The Washington advertising agency Henry J. Kaufman & Associates Inc. promoted Mary Yerrick to senior vice president from vice president of new business development. Yerrick joined the company in 1983.

Robert L. Putman joined Earle Palmer Brown Cos. in Bethesda as executive vice president of finance and administration. Putman comes to EPB from the Leadership Corp. in Rockville, where he was treasurer and vice president of administration.

The former executive vice president of Washington Broadcast News Inc., Lockwood Richard Doty II, joined the New York-based Audio TV Features as vice president and manager of Washington operations. Doty will oversee the growth of the syndicated firm in the metropolitian area.

HOTEL, FOOD SERVICE

Ann McCracken, formerly an account executive and media specialist with the Hill & Knowlton public-relations firm, was named manager of public relations at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel.

Robert Brouwer was named managing director of the Grand Hotel of Washington. Brouwer is a graduate of The Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Taj International Hotels announced appointments at the Canterbury Hotel: Jacques Varland as general manager; Cathy Raines as director of sales; and Michael Requier as director of food and beverage.

COMPUTERS

Daniel Ebert, former director of sales for the teleproducts division of Atlantic Research Corp., was named president of ComByte Inc. in Springfield. ComByte exports data-communication products.

Information Consultants Inc., a subsidiary of the Bureau of National Affairs Inc., appointed William J. Regan vice president of marketing. Regan left Compugraphic Corp., where he was manager of sales for the graphics division.

INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING

Martin Marietta Corp. promoted Richard M. Davis from vice president and general manager of Martin Marietta Michoud Aerospace in New Orleans, which builds the space shuttle's external fuel tank, to the newly created position of president.