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Bear Creek Corp. has hired Bill Michel

to serve as senior vice president and general manager of direct marketing.

Michel has overall operating responsibility for the marketing activities of Bear Creek's Harry and David and Jackson & Perkins direct marketing business units. He will provide strategic direction to catalog, Internet and other direct. marketing activities.

Michel comes to Bear Creek with 22 years of experience at Eddie Bauer, where he most recently was senior vice president of marketing: Among his responsibilities at Eddie Bauer, Michel oversaw e-commerce strategy and operations, reorganized the brand and retail marketing divisions and created a strategic market planning department.

Lesley Klecan

is the new education director at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center.

Every second Saturday of the month, Klecan will offer adult workshops and family activities. She also hopes to start evening art appreciation classes, school field trips and art programs and an emerging artist program.

For more information, call 541-772-8118.

Licensed massage therapist Kelly Trout,

formally of Therapeutic Touch, has joined European Touch Day Spa, 343 S. Grape St. She previously worked at Therapeutic Touch for two years.

She can be reached at 772-2633.

Klamath First Bank has named Laurelle Cole

as a loan officer at the Medford McAndrews branch, and Linda Daniels

as branch manager in Central Point.

Chris Ross

has been appointed branch manager at the Medford Stewart Avenue branch,

Cole has been lived in the Rogue valley for 13 years. She has been in financial services for more than 16 years and has been doing mortgage lending for the past six years.

Daniels comes to Klamath First with more than 25 years of experience in the Rogue Valley banking industry. As branch manager she has the overall responsibility for business development and quality customer service at the Central Point office.

Ross has been at Klamath First since 1995. He has more than 16 years of experience in consumer and mortgage lending areas. He is a member of the Medford Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Women's Council of Realtors. He graduated from Southern Oregon University with a business degree.