Jay Christensen has joined Western States Insurance Agency's downtown Medford branch. Christensen previously owned Appraisal Network of Oregon Inc.

Jay Christensen has joined Western States Insurance Agency's downtown Medford branch. Christensen previously owned Appraisal Network of Oregon Inc.

Christensen is licensed as a personal and commercial lines insurance agent. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from Southern Oregon University.

Christensen is an associate member of the Appraisal Institute, a member of the Board of Realtors and a volunteer for the Autism Society.

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Lindsey Olson, a member of the United Risk employee benefits department, has been named the firm's first account executive. Olson has been part of the department since 2007. Among her duties will be client inquiries, renewal marketing and employer presentations.

She is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and will be participating in the 2011 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.

In 2007, Olson earned a bachelor's in human communication from Southern Oregon University, where she was captain of the women's soccer team.

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Bank of the Cascades has promoted Victoria Miller to vice president and professional banking officer. Miller joined Bank of the Cascades in 2006 and is based at the bank's Medford branch, 1220 Corona Ave.

She is responsible for portfolio development and management of professional banking relationships.

Miller has more than 25 years of banking experience, beginning with Oregon Bank in the Rogue Valley in 1986. Her previous experience includes commercial lending and private banking. She is a past board member for the Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County and Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Jackson County.