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A recreational facility for seriouslyill chidlren and their families
Camp Prime Time - a camp for seriously ill children and their families
Camp Prime Time - a camp for seriously ill children and their families
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History

Ralph and Dave Berton - Founders of Camp Prime TimeIn 1982, two men who had enjoyed the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest were helping two boys with disabilities fish, boat, and enjoy the wilderness. The idea struck; why not find a place to help those who are physically less fortunate learn about the outdoors and experience nature at its best?

Three years later, the two men joined with others to form a task force which studied, planned, and established a framework for a recreational facility for terminally/seriously ill or disabled children and their families. Their vision was not for a “specialized” camp, but rather a facility that could be a “setting” for individuals and their families to enjoy the beauty of the mountains.

In 1986, Prime Time was incorporated to establish and direct a camp facility. The group obtained an existing unused camp near Clear Lake in the beautiful Wenatchee National Forest. The camp is approximately seven miles east of White Pass, Washington, on Highway 12. The Prime Time staff and volunteers continue to remodel, update, and maintain the facility so that it can accommodate these special families.

Board Members

Dick Haapala, President
Yakima, Washington

Agricultural Engineer and Project Manager for CH2M HILL, Yakima, WA. Dick specializes in evaluation, design, and construction management of municipal, industrial, and agricultural water and wastewater projects in the Northwest and overseas. Member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Past Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with service in U.S. and Vietnam. And serves as President of the Maribee Acres Water Company.

Betty Jo Murray, Vice President
Selah, Washington

Betty Jo is a bank vice-President and a commercial loan officer with 25 years of experience in the banking industry. She also has served as an office manager and controller. Betty Jo is currently a board member for Yakima Specialties, Inc., a sheltered workshop for adults with special needs. She is an active member of Yakima Downtown Rotary and serves on various Rotary committees. Betty Jo is a member of St. John Church in Naches and works on the Parish Council and Finance Committee.  She is a chair for United Way Allocations and has served United Way in several capacities. Betty Jo is an active member of the community and has volunteered to use her talents with Camp Prime Time’s auction and fund raising. She joined the Prime Time Board of Directors in 2010.

Lisa Martin, Treasurer
Yakima, Washington

Lisa Martin is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive.  Lisa has spent the last 22+ years working in all aspects of finance in the hospitality industry including private clubs, hotels, hotel management companies, and the University of Houston’s Conrad Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management. Lisa has served on the boards of the Washington Hospitality Association (WHA) and the global board of Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals (HFTP).  She also served as the Global President for HFTP in 2011-2012.  Lisa currently volunteers as an Ambassador for Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington, is a member of the Jeanine Hedwall Guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital and is serving on the Finance Committee for WHA.  Lisa and her family have been donating to Camp Prime Time since its inception and she is looking forward to taking a more active role in promoting the mission of the camp.  Lisa joined the Prime Time Board of Directors in 2018.

David Berthon Sr., Board Member
Yakima, Washington

Dave is a charter member of the Prime Time board of directors. He retired from his position as a Sales Representative for Van Well Nursery in Yakima. Dave is Past President of the Naches Recreation Association, affiliated with the Red Cross Blood Service, regional and national, and past member of the board of directors, of Northwest Counseling Services (alcohol and drug treatment agency in Yakima).

Ralph Berthon, Board Member
Yakima, Washington

Ralph is a co-founder of Camp Prime Time and charter member of the Prime Time board of directors. He has over 30 years of experience working with non profits in his community. He has served as president of a four wheel drive recreational club, been an active volunteer in the maintenance of Camp Fife (Boy Scout Camp) for over twenty years, served six years as a member of St. Paul's school board, and two of the six years as President of the Board. He is presently an active member of Yakima Sunrise Rotary and has served on the Sunrise Rotary Board, and various Rotary committees. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 30 years. Ralph is an accomplished musician, having played for church programs, helped with music at Camp Prime Time. Ralph is retired after being employed in the field of community corrections for over 40 years. He is currently assisting Camp Prime Time in the area of development; concentrating on the lodge remodeling campaign, membership, and the campership program.

Mike Burnam, Board Member
Yakima, Washington

Mike has been a cabin sponsor and dedicated volunteer since 1996. He oversees the Cabin Sponsorship program and is a Lead Volunteer for many of our volunteer groups.  He is a Yakima native and works locally in the jewelry industry. Mike is knowledgeable about all aspects of Camp Prime Time and is committed to engaging new volunteers to join in the Prime Time family.

Sheri Smith, Board Member
Yakima, Washington

Sheri has been the Administrator for Avail Home Health, Inc. for 13½ years. She is an active member of the Leadership Yakima Executive Committee at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the South Central Work Force Council, and a member of Yakima’s Downtown Rotary. She loves volunteering with her family for a weekend each year at Camp Prime Time and co-sponsors cabin J with the Mullenhoff family. She is an active parent volunteer with Freestyle Team at White Pass. Sheri joined the Prime Time Board of Directors in 2010.

Terry Alapeteri, Board Member
Selah, Washington

As a Professional Engineer and Principal at HLA Engineering and Surveying, Inc., Terry specializes in municipal engineering, managing water, sewer, and roadway projects for communities throughout the greater Yakima area.  Terry has been employed at HLA since 2000.  Terry and his wife Amie spent nine years as foster parents, and have adopted three children through the foster program. Their oldest adopted daughter Summer, now 21, has special needs. She has inspired Terry to enjoy the little things in life and to serve the less fortunate.  Terry is past president of Yakima Toastmasters’ Cascade 993 where he spent many years working on his stuttering impediment. As the newest board member, Terry hopes to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the Camp Prime Time team. 

 

Key Staff

Cec Anson

Cec Anson, Executive Director
Yakima, Washington

 

Kevin Holmes

Kevin Holmes, Camp Manager/Caretaker
Naches, Washington

 

 

Merita Sletten, Administrative Assistant
Moxee, Washington

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This institution is operated under special use permit with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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