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A Special Place for Special Families

History

In 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.

Meet the Staff

Paul Golke, Executive Director Camp Prime Time

Paul Golke

Executive Director

Yakima, Washington
Of. (509) 248-2854, Cell (360) 852-7943
director@campprimetime.org

Paul Joined CPT in May 2020. He has over 30 years of camp experience and leadership from camps served in Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Washington. He believes the shared experience of camp is one of the most powerful learning and development tools around. Consider having him make a presentation to your organization or group. Paul is married to Kristi and they are proud of their three sons Garrett, Isaac, and Paul.

Bill Schorzman

Bill Schorzman

Camp Manager

Naches, Washington
Camp (509) 672-2430
bill@campprimetime.org

Bill Joined CPT in May 2020. Most recently, he was the Site Manager of nearby Camp Fife. He brings many gifts and talents to overseeing the operations of the camp. Call him if you want to help him out; he always appreciates an extra hand. Bill is married to Barb and they are proud of their two sons Chase and Couper.

Merita Sletten

Merita Sletten

Office Manager

Moxee, Washington
(509) 248-2854
merita@campprimetime.org

Merita joined CPT in Sept. 2018. She has an educational background in business technology and accounting. Her previous managerial experiences provide a strong resource to the office.  Merita and Larry share 13 years together and nine children between them.

Meet the Board

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.

Michael Moore, Vice President
Y
akima, Washington

Michael has volunteered for Camp Prime time for several years and began in a leadership capacity by joining the Board in September 2019. He has a 20 plus year professional background in the construction industry managing a variety of projects in the commercial, civil, industrial, healthcare, and residential sectors. Michael was born and raised in Yakima and gained a passion for working with special needs families as a youth while volunteering for the Special Olympics. Michael is a past board member of the West Valley Citizens for Better Schools and is a recipient of the Washington State School Directors’ Association Community Leadership Award for his district. He is an active volunteer at his children’s school and has led the school group called Watch DOGS. Michael enjoys coaching youth baseball, soccer, basketball, and runs a junior golf program in the summer. Michael is married to his high school sweetheart and is the proud father of three boys.

Terry Alapeteri, Secretary
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. Terry hopes to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the Camp Prime Time team.

Lisa Martin, Treasurer
Yakima, Washington

Lisa Martin is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive. Lisa carrier has included 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.

Camp Prime Time Board of Directors

Kelli Barton, Board Member
Yakima, Washington

This is Kelli’s third time serving on the Camp Prime Time Board, with over 10 year’s cumulative service, two of which as Vice-President. Kelli also volunteered for 15 years with Bloomsday, assisting with the Elite Runner Transportation. With the “Give Back” program, she helped build a Habitat for Humanity house. Kelli has 25 years sales experience in the manufacturing industry, and was a certified Fire Code Inspector with the city of Yakima for 6 years.

Kelli does her best to put family and friends first, helping her neighbors and advocating for those less fortunate. Celebrating the good times and supporting during the hard times helps Kelli to be a better person, and hopefully the world a better place. Kelli rejoined our Board March 2019.

David Berthon Sr., Board Member
Yakima, Washington

Dave is a co-founder and 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 the Yakima 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. He has served on the Sunrise Rotary Board, and was Club President in 2015, and has served on 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 general funding, membership, and the campership program.

Betty Jo Murray, Board Member
Selah, Washington

Betty Jo is a bank vice-President and commercial loan officer with over 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 is the Administrator for Avail Home Health, Inc. 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.

Levi Wyatt, Board Member
Yakima Washington

Though new to the Camp Prime Time family, Levi has a rich history of volunteerism and community engagement activities. As the Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator at Yakima Chief Hops, Levi uses his experience in marketing and communications to promote inclusion in the community. As a former member of the Yakima Rotaract, he enjoyed spearheading various volunteer and fundraising events for local organizations within Yakima County. Levi’s volunteer experience started in high school with his involvement in Special Olympics. It has continued through his most recent involvement with the Northwest Association of Blind Athletes, teaching adapted sports to those with low to no vision. Levi has a tremendous passion for the outdoors and enjoys adventures with his wife and their pup, Bridger.

Dave Wakefield, Board Member
Yakima, Washington

Dave was one of the first volunteers to work at Camp Prime Time in the late ’80’s. He has been involved off and on with the camp since that time. He is a highly skilled carpenter with over 45 years’ experience in the industry. Dave has additional background in owning businesses. Dave, working for Tri Ply Construction was the superintendent on the 1.7-million-dollar remodel project of the camp lodge. He remains employed at Tri Ply Construction in Yakima as a superintendent. Over the years Dave has recruited several volunteers that help run camp on weekends and do construction projects as necessary at camp. His construction expertise is invaluable to the board as we develop facility and organizational plans.

Our Promise to Families

We seek to enrich the lives of families with children who are seriously ill or developmentally disabled by providing an outdoor wilderness experience where families can enjoy themselves in a supportive atmosphere without financial burden.

Camp Prime Time Mission & Values

It is in the vision of Camp Prime Time  that all families should have an opportunity to experience the great outdoors without physical or financial limitations

It is the mission of Camp Prime Time to enrich the lives of families with children who are seriously ill or developmentally disabled by providing an outdoor wilderness experience, where families can enjoy themselves in a supportive atmosphere without financial burden

Core Values

Fun
We encourage our staff, volunteers and families to have fun.

Respite
We understand the importance of relaxation.

Grateful
We express gratitude for our volunteers, our donors, and staff for their dedication.

Honesty
We account for all donations and manage our assets ethically.

Integrity
We are open to all constructive reviews.

Responsible
We invest and use our resources wisely.

Diversity
We welcome all persons having a wide range of abilities.

Respect
We value our staff, our volunteers, and special families.

Accommodating
We continuously work to accommodate special dietary and physical needs.

Teamwork
Working together is the key to success

Safety
We immediately address any safety concerns tendered by staff, volunteers, or guests. We review the backgrounds of all campers and volunteers through databases to attempt to eliminate the potential for client and staff abuse.

Service
We exist to serve others.

Camp Prime Time  is an equal opportunity provider.

Camp Prime Time is operated under special use permit from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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