• Tara Pham has joined The Village Family Service Center as a therapist. She will provide in-home family and outpatient therapy services out of The Village's Alexandria office, as well as school-based mental health services to elementary students. Pham received her Master of Education degree in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling from North Dakota State University. She helps children and adolescents who struggle with mental health, school and personal relationships.

• Trumm Drug has been named the Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year. The designation is only awarded to top-performing Health Mart pharmacies for superior clinical performance, high-touch patient relationships and proactive advocacy efforts. Trumm Drug owners Aaron Finley and Allan Fettig will accept the award during a pharmacy convention on June 28. Serving downtown Alexandria since 1951, Trumm family pharmacies has six locations across southwest Minnesota.

• Julie Cabinaw has joined Tastefully Simple as vice president of marketing. In this role, she will lead the execution of strategic marketing initiatives, oversee marketing research and champion the company's web and e-commerce programs. Cabinaw previously led marketing efforts for the direct-sales company Scentsy, earning awards for her innovation, and most recently served as chief reinvention officer for the state of North Dakota. She holds a master's degree from Western Governors University and a bachelor of science degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

• Tara Bitzan, executive director of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, a leadership training program through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Graduates must have completed 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. They also earn credit hours toward other chamber certifications. The program is designed to help nonprofit leaders build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.

• Paulette Friday, a local storyteller and writer, recently received a Legacy grant from the Lake Region Arts Council to provide a story and music ensemble performance reflecting the experience of the prairie settlers of the 1800s. Over the past five years, Friday has written and produced three history-based song and story performances. This new show, "Prairie Shadows," will be performed this fall.