awardOur 2014 Fall Luncheon was a great success! Thank you to all the people who supported us and to all our volunteers!

Maria White, the mother of Nicole White a past Intern at the Atlantic Street Center 1997, picked up for her daughter the “TIPS Outstanding Alumni of the Year AWARD” at the Luncheon. Here a lovely picture of Maria White and Maureen Brotherton, Co-Founder of TIPS.



Letter from the Founder

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Linda, Maureen and Barbie

Dear Friends of TIPS,

I have some important and exciting news to share with you about Teens In Public Service. As many of you know, my daughter Tia and I launched TIPS in 1997 to give teenagers an opportunity to work as paid community service interns, matching their interests and skills with nonprofits across King County. In these 17 years, TIPS has placed nearly one-thousand interns, changing many lives in the process.

We are excited about some changes that have come to pass at TIPS! Cathy Michalec, our beloved Executive Director of 7 years, was recently called to Oakland California, to support the work of her husband John. We were sorry to have her tenure end, but with change come new opportunities!

I am proud to announce that Linda Tessier, a longtime TIPS board member and President of the TIPS Board, has agreed to be our interim Executive Director. Linda comes to the position with a background in business and volunteerism.

I am also pleased to introduce our new President of the Board, Barbie Siefert. She brings not only talent and experience but strong leadership to the job.

With these two individuals at the helm, I am optimistic that TIPS is about to reach new heights in service to our community.

Gratefully yours,

Maureen Brotherton


It’s been a pleasure…..

I just wanted to tell you my husband has been given a wonderful job opportunity in the Bay Area and I have moved on from TIPS. The past seven years has been a tremendous growth experience for me and it has been my absolute pleasure to work with all of you!

Our missions statement states we provide life-changing experiences for our teen leaders. I have to say of the more than 400 teens that I have worked with that is a true fact. Our interns life’s’ are shaped by their interactions with the nonprofit supervisors, the elementary student who is trying to make his/her way in a new country, the person affected by HIV/AIDS or the family that needs some help at a local food bank. I have been so lucky to have worked with these amazing young adults and I know that I will be reading about their adventures in the years ahead. To the nonprofit supervisors, you are our interns first boss and so much more. Their mentor and friend. TIPS program cannot run without you and I am grateful to have worked with all of you!

Thank you to all the volunteers, supporters, TIPS staff and board members your gracious time and financial support means so much to TIPS. We can not do it without you.

Please feel free to stay in touch with me at cathy.michalec at gmail.com or if you are a past TIPS intern and need a job reference or letter of recommenfaiton, please keep this email or give me a call at 206-218-2946.

Thanks to all of you as my life has been enriched by my experience in the last 7 years.


Thank you to the following Sponsors:



Thank you to our SPONSORS for their continued support:

Tresemer Foundation

S.O.S Foundation

Petunia Foundation

Riley and Nancy Pleas Family Foundation

Lucky Seven Foundation





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