NASELLE - The search ended right where it began, with the selection of a Naselle resident to be the new superintendent of the Naselle Youth Camp. It was announced that Marybeth Queral, the current Associate Superintendent of the Camp for court-committed adolescents, would assume that position.
Tom Quinn had been the NYC superintendent for nearly six years until his resignation at the beginning of May. He, in turn, was replaced by interim superintendent Bob Nelson, who served as the part-time NYC superintendent along with being superintendent at Maple Lane School, until Queral assumed the NYC Superintendent's position.
Marybeth Queral began working for the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) at Naselle Youth Camp in 1994 as a Security Officer 1. From that position, she was promoted to Supervisor, then Program Manager, and then to Associate Superintendent which is the position she has held for the last six years.
Her journey to her current position began in 1977, following her graduation from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in Social Work, she began work in the field of Social Services in Alaska. In 1987, after having worked as an Emergency Assistance Caseworker, Parent Counselor, Family Service Director, Juvenile Residential Counselor, Social Worker and Residential Counseling Team Supervisor, the Queral family moved to Washington state where her husband Isaac (Ike) is employed with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, now at the Nemah Fish Hatchery.
Queral said, "Since our move to Grays River in 1991, supporting the local community and taking an active role in school activities has been an enjoyable and important part of my life.
"Having two sons, Justin and Matt, who have graduated from Naselle High School and are college students and a daughter Whitney, entering her sophomore year at Naselle, has provided me with the opportunity to be involved in such activities as fund raising and chaperoning band trips to Disneyland as well as supporting their participation in sports, band, drama club and Knowledge Bowl.
"As superintendent of Naselle Youth Camp, I plan to continue and encourage an active partnership with the community by maintaining and building the already established partnerships with the School District, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Together we play a vital role, not only in the treatment of the youth in our care, but in the health of our local and broader communities and environments.
"I will continue to work with our legislative representatives and senators in regard to the central role of Naselle Youth Camp in the local community as well as in the continuum of care for youth and families involved in JRA," Queral concluded.