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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. President of the Maribee Acres Water Company.

Mike Burnam, Vice President
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.

Leanne Antonio, Treasurer
Yakima, Washington

Leanne is a Executive Vice President at Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Association with over 30 years of service to the Association. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Yakima and currently volunteers with Student Ministries. Leanne is a member of the Yakima Rotary Club and currently serves as the Youth Exchange Officer for the club. In the past she has served on the boards of the YWCA of Yakima, The First Presbyterian Church Foundation, and the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra. Leanne joined the Prime Time Board in 2010.

John Mahaney, Secretary
Yakima, Washington

John lives in Yakima with his son, Mark, who has special needs and is a motivating factor regarding John’s involvement with developmental disability organizations at both local and state levels. John became involved with Camp Prime Time first as a camper, later as a weekend volunteer, and subsequently as a cabin sponsor with the Washington State Father’s Network and Parent to Parent. John has served on various boards and committees, both local and state wide, dealing with developmental disabilities issues. Those organizations include Washington State ARC Board of Directors, Washington State Developmental Disabilities Advisory committee, Washington State Father’s Network, appointment by Governor Gregoire to RHC/Community Placement Feasibility Study, ARC of Yakima County, Friends of Yakima Valley School, and many more.

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.

Dr. Dennis Clark, Board Member
Yakima, Washington 

Dennis is an osteopathic physician who has practiced in Yakima since 1975. He is currently Head of the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of Clinical Rotations at Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima. Dennis spent a number of years on the board of trustees for New Valley Osteopathic Hospital and one year as chairman of the board. He joined the Prime Time Board of Directors in 2010.

Betty Jo Murray, Board Member
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.

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.

Jim Carter, Board Member
Kennewick, Washington

Jim was a charter member of the Prime Time board of directors; he was instrumental in acquiring the present day camp from ESD 105, and served as the first president for 14 years before moving to the Tri Cities. He and his wife Barbara also participated in the Adopt a Cabin project. He currently owns his own business, a truck and fleet repair facility in Pasco, WA. He has been of the board of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of the Tri Cities and Vista Youth Center, serving as President. He is currently on the Bishop’s Committee of St Paul’s Episcopal Church serving as Senior Warden. He also is on the Diocesan Council for the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane.

Enero Macias, Board Member
Sunnyside, Washington

Enero is a Loan Closer at Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Association and has 14 years of experience in the real estate industry.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, and Limited Practice Officer with the Washington State Bar Association.  Enero formerly volunteered as a mentor and tutor for Northwest Learning and Achievement group in the Wapato and Toppenish school districts.  He has also been involved in homebuyer seminars and other events for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima for several years.  Enero is the proud father of four boys and was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  He has also volunteered as a soccer coach for the City of Sunnyside.  Enero joined the Prime Time Board of Directors in 2016.

Key Staff

Cec Anson

Cec Anson, Executive Director
Yakima, Washington

 

Kevin Holmes

Kevin Holmes, Camp Manager
Naches, Washington

 

  Debbie Armstrong, Office Assistant
Yakima, Washington
  Jackie Hertel, Bookkeeper
Yakima, 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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