Volunteer of the Year nominees are recognized for their contributions to the Chamber's programs and activities. These wonderful people have given their time, talents, energies, and expertise in an effort to enhance the business community and the community at large. The winner of this year's Volunteer of the Year is Darren Eisele!
|Darren Eisele is a familiar face to many in Mason County. He is an active member and volunteer for numerous community organizations. Darren is described as “positive, supportive, and someone who serves his organization and our community very well.” As the son of small business owners, an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to serve others was instilled in him at an early age. Darren has been a faithful employee at HCC for more than fifteen years; happily serving in a field he is passionate about. Since his promotion in 2012 to Director of Marketing and PR, he has increased his reach in the local community, serving the Chamber on both the Business Expo and Ambassadors Committees, United Way, and – new this year – Forest Festival. He and his wife Arleta are raising their two sons Sawyer & Spencer in this community, contributing to Mason County’s future.|
|Julie Nichols is a fifth generation Mason County resident and a proud graduate of Shelton High School. She earned degrees at Seattle University School of Law and Whitworth University. Prior to practicing law, Julie spent nearly ten years working in federal, state, and local government on campaigns and lobbying for business interests. Julie is a partner at Whitehouse & Nichols, LLP where she focuses on real estate matters and helps small businesses navigate state government regulations. She has served as President of the Mason County Bar Association since 2015, and also serves on the Chamber Board. Julie is a founding Board member of Shelton Health and Recreation Center (SHARC), the non-profit organization aimed at bringing a YMCA to Shelton. Her remaining time is spent with her husband, Troy, and their two small children.|
|Lisa Perry is the Community Relations Manager for Sierra Pacific Industries. A native Oregonian, Lisa has returned to the northwest following her tenure with the Natural Resource Department of Humboldt State University and her job with the California Forest Products Commission. She has a range of experience ranging from banking to manufacturing to education and lends her vast knowledge to local and regional efforts. Lisa serves on the Chamber Board and is chairman of its Government Relations Committee; she also sits on the board of Pacific Education Institute, an organization out of Olympia that provides natural resource education statewide including a big presence in the Shelton schools. “Lisa happily lends a hand with any job that needs to be done and does so with a thoughtful, cheerful approach. She never hesitates to jump in wherever (and whenever!) help is needed and is reluctant to accept the credit she is due.”|