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Karen Turner Lee | Pioneer Human Services

As Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Human Services, Karen Lee leads one of the nation’s largest social-enterprise business organizations. Under Karen’s leadership, Pioneer successfully operates several businesses that generate revenue to meet customer needs and bottom line expectations that help fund its social mission.

Karen leads Pioneer’s unique business model and its 900 plus employees in over 60 locations throughout the state of Washington. Pioneer serves approximately 10,000 people annually through its job training, employment and other services to recover and rehabilitate their lives after experiences with criminal justice and substance use disorder.

Pioneer’s major business enterprise, known as Pioneer Industries, is an aerospace manufacturing company with over 100,000 square feet in two plants in greater Seattle. Pioneer makes over 1,000,000 parts annually and is known throughout the aerospace industry for superb quality, on time delivery and customer service.

Karen has an impressive career both in business and the public sector. She served for five years as the Commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department. She was an executive and had several leadership roles at Puget Sound Energy. Karen was also an associate attorney at K & L Gates in Seattle.

Karen is a native Washingtonian and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. She is Washington’s first female African American graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Russian Studies and a minor in engineering. She spent four years in the U.S. Army as a logistics officer stationed in Germany and Maryland.

Active in the community, Karen is a trustee at Western Washington University and a member of the Regence Blue Shield (Health Care) and U.S. Bank Washington Advisory Boards. She is also an appointed member of Washington’s Statewide Reentry Council. Karen has been named one of “Seattle’s Women of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and more recently, received an “Executive Excellence” award from Seattle Business Magazine.

**Reminder – Also for our March meeting is the Carla Martin Drive for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, so be sure to bring your donations of infant/baby toys and latex free bandages!


Registration & Event Information:
  • Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom & Conference Center 5580 Pacific Hwy East, Fife, WA 98424
    (The Ballroom & Conference Center is located West of the Casino across the parking lot)
  • 11:15 am  Registration/networking
  • 11:30 am  Lunch served
  • Cost is $25 prepaid prior to March 10th, drawing is an additional $5 for 6 tickets
    ** Additional $10 for walk-in members, member sales on day of event, and non-members
  • Register online, by email, or fill out the registration form

The TCT meets September through June on the second Monday of every month for networking, lunch and dynamic speakers on important issues to the transportation industry. Members, their guests and others are invited.

Upcoming luncheon meetings:

  • April 9th – Brandon Unterbrink, BNSF
  • May 14th – Dr. Ali Modarres, University of Washington
  • June 11th – John Wolfe, Northwest Seaport Alliance
Have a credit card on file? Email us that you’re planning to attend!
THANK YOU to all who contributed door prizes at our last meeting! All proceeds go toward TCT’s Scholarship Program.

March 14, 2016 – TACOMA, WAWhen you’re a kid in the hospital, how do you have some fun?  The Transportation Club of Tacoma (TCT) thinks as Play-Doh, crayons, and coloring books.

That’s why the club put the call out to its 500+ members to bring in more than a thousand of those items for the club’s annual drive that supports Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The items were collected at the club’s monthly meeting March 15 at La Quinta in Fife.

PITCHING IN TO HELP THE KIDS: (Pictured—left to right): MultiCare’s Community Development Coordinator Christine Turner, Transportation Club of Tacoma’s Board of Director members Jake Nyman, Vince Santiago, Dan Fay, Gary Gieser, Ken Baune, and Mark Miller (TCT’s Carla Martin/Mary Bridge chairperson).

PITCHING IN TO HELP THE KIDS: (Pictured—left to right): MultiCare’s Community Development Coordinator Christine Turner, Transportation Club of Tacoma’s Board of Director members Jake Nyman, Vince Santiago, Dan Fay, Gary Gieser, Ken Baune, and Mark Miller (TCT’s Carla Martin/Mary Bridge chairperson).

Christina Turner (Community Development Coordinator, Foundations of MultiCare) said, “Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Clinics and Foundation are grateful to the Transportation Club of Tacoma for their years of support through their annual drive to support our patients. This organization fully embraces the idea that children still should be able to feel like children, even while receiving care at the hospital or clinic. Items such as Play-Doh, crayons and coloring books help create a better experience and environment for our patients and families.”

For ten years, TCT has dedicated its March General Meeting to collecting and donating items that Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is unable to procure directly. The Club started by collecting kid-themed bandages. Mary Bridge procures only standard bandages. The kid-themed bandages proved a welcome alternative to the children at Mary Bridge. The event is named in memory of Carla Martin, one of the Club’s biggest supporters of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, who tragically lost her life in 2011. In addition to the annual Carla Martin/Mary Bridge event, TCT donates $7,500 each year to the Mary Bridge Foundation from the proceeds generated by its Spring Open Golf Tournament.

Mark Miller (TCT’s Chairperson for Carla Martin/Mary Bridge Support Drive) observed, “We had outstanding participation from our TCT members and associated companies and businesses again this year. Christina indicated there were plenty of kid-themed bandages left from the tremendous donation made in 2014 and indicated a need for other items. Based on her guidance, we switched gears this year and collected Play-Doh, crayons, and coloring books for the children at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Hundreds of each item were collected. The generosity of our members was truly heartwarming!”

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital was established in 1955, through the perseverance of the dedicated women of the Tacoma Orthopedic Association (now the Mary Bridge Brigade). They were convinced of the need for a specialized health care center in Tacoma to serve the children of the South Puget Sound region. Today, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the South Sound dedicated to caring for the special health needs of the children. From open-heart surgery to asthma treatment, cancer care to diabetes, Mary Bridge specializes in advanced care for children. Mary Bridge offers specialized pediatric care, equipment and facilities that aren’t available in most communities. With its family-centered care philosophy, Mary Bridge provides services and accommodations for families in a child-friendly environment — a place where kids get better quicker.

The Transportation Club of Tacoma is a non-profit organization with over 500 members. TCT is made up of transportation professionals as well as people who have an interest in local and global transportation and logistics. Since 1926, the Transportation Club of Tacoma has focused on building bridges within the transportation industry,

while at the same time serving Tacoma and Pierce County communities through its charitable work. Membership encompasses diverse companies – large and small – including: railroads, steamship lines, trucking companies, warehousing and distribution, cold storage, coffee roasters, paper manufacturers, confectioners, freight forwarders, commercial real estate, banking, consulting, and education.

Media Contact: Gary Gieser