Citizen of the Year Nominees 2018

Citizen of the Year honors individuals who made outstanding contributions to enhance the business community and the community at large and who have given freely of their time, talent, energy and expertise. 

Citizen_2018_Beben_WEB.jpg Tom Beben of Smoking Mo’s settled in Mason County in 2006 and opened the doors in 2007. Tom views his business as a platform to help in fundraising and to support community events. Just this year he spearheaded efforts to raise monies for ALS, HOST Students, SHS Booster Club, scholarship fundraisers, Shelton Rotary Club (of which he is a member), and countless others. Through his position as a Chamber board member, Tom created Blues & Brews, a festival featuring local fare, local beverages, and local talent. Tom’s humility is evident in his declaration that the thing he is most proud of is setting an example for his young daughter Grace to fully embrace her community and to give back whenever possible.  
Citizen_2018__Morrell_WEB.jpg Jim Morrell of Peninsula Credit Union has served members of credit unions for 25 years and serving locally as CEO for the past six years. Jim’s motivation for serving the community and members is to improve people’s financial lives. To educate himself for service, Jim participates in many civic roles with the Shelton School District, The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the City of Shelton, and the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce. Jim has also served as a board member for Graduation Matters Shelton, Board Treasurer for The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, YMCA’s Capital Campaign Executive Cabinet, and Chair for the Shelton Skookum Rotary Foundation.
Citizen_2018_Rowan_WEB.jpg Julie Rowan of Belco Forest Products & Kristmas Town Kiwanis came to Washington State for a simple visit in October 2007. By March 2008, she had moved to Mason County, started a family, and immersed herself in the community. Starting as a “data entry monkey” at Belco Forest Products, Julie rose to the position of inside sales manager while also becoming involved with Kristmas Town Kiwanis and many other local organizations. She has served as Lieutenant Governor for Division 38 of Kiwanis, volunteered with Relay for Life and Cascade Land Conservancy, and is the PTA President at her son’s school. In 2019, Julie hopes to bring Day of Champions to Mason County, a one-day, modified track and field event for kids with disabilities.


Citizen of the Year 2017

Citizen_DSC_3801-Edit-SQUARE_Wilson-Hoss.jpg Robert D. Wilson-Hoss, a partner at Hoss & Wilson-Hoss, LLP, has practiced law in Mason County since 1978 where he and his wife Wendy raised their three, now grown, children. With an extensive professional background, Rob is also well known for his selfless service. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps, participated in the establishment of the Northwest Intertribal Court System, and was instrumental in the formation of local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Mason County, the Mason County Shelter, and Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services. Now, after more than 25 years advocating for a YMCA, he has successfully led the project to become a reality. His nomination read, “His passion is endless and his commitment to this community will live long into our future. Rob has shown he is a true visionary and his current project is yet another example of that.”

A Nod to Our Remaining Nominees


Eileen Bailey is Vice President of EI. Kristyn & Son Construction, Inc. After graduating from Pittson Area High School with a business diploma in 1985, Eileen served in the US Army until receiving a medical discharge. For more than 15 years she has run a successful business together with her husband Tim. In addition to serving as a board member for the Mason General Hospital Foundation, she has served as a deacon at Shelton Presbyterian Church where she also sings in the choir. Eileen is an incredibly involved parent and has devoted her time to leadership positions with Southside Parent Booster Club, SHS SADD Parent Booster Club, SHS Cheer Parent and Booster Club, and Wildcatz Cheer. Again emphasizing her focus on family, Eileen’s company has co-sponsored Fantasy Forest’s annual Father-Daughter Night Out for seven years running.

Nicole Frazier is a 15-year Mason County resident and an up-and-coming business owner. Her shop, My Painted Heart, where she creates custom hoodies, t-shirts, logo items and more, serves as a headquarters for many fundraisers and community efforts. Nicole is a board member for the Shelton Farmers’ Market and on the Cinco de 5K fundraising committee; she is also active member of Lions Club. With a love for all things crafty, Nicole uses her talents to bolster support and monies for local organizations such as Saints Pantry, Crossroads Housing, Mt. View Elementary, Olympic Middle School, and Shelton High. She focuses on building community through pride even creating entire events around celebrate school spirit. One nominator said, “While quietly working in the background, Nicole uses her collaborative, kind nature to build partnerships and shine a light on the causes which most deserve it."

See a complete list of past award winners.