Westminster, South Carolina
Cherokee Creek Announces Staff Updates
It is with mixed emotion that we announce the departure of Lee
Mullins from his position as Primary Counselor at Cherokee Creek.
Lee was a "founding member" of Cherokee Creek Boys School.
He arrived in March of 2003 before our first student and was instrumental
in creating the counseling program. His incredible gift working
with boys has touched the hearts of our students and their families.
We send our love and best wishes to Lee in his future endeavors,
as he continues on his journey of self-discovery!
I am pleased to announce that Shawn Ziluck is being promoted to
Primary Counselor to fill Lee's position. Shawn has been working
with the students in Lee's group for the last six weeks during
his personal leave. His outstanding background includes experience
in medical and psychiatric care, as well as leadership and mentorship
in the United States Navy. Most recently, he was stationed at the
Naval Medical Center, in Portsmouth, Virginia where he worked as
a Hospital Corpsman, Second Class - Neuropsychiatric Technician.
Shawn has also received several commendations and Service Ribbons
for his service in Iraq - providing medical support to marines
during combat operations. His leadership and care for the boys
has already had a great impact on campus. I want to personally
thank Shawn for doing an outstanding job and congratulate him on
I would like also like to take this opportunity to introduce you
to Dona Cahn, our new Student and Family Services Coordinator.
In her role, Dona coordinates the health and wellness curriculum
for the school, acts as a liaison to our families and insures that
medical needs are met.
Dona came to us from her role as a Registered Nurse at Anderson
Oconee-Pickens Mental Health Center. Prior to her role at the Health
Center, she served as Health Director at Aspen Youth Alternatives
- a Wilderness Program for adjudicated female adolescents. In her
career, she also served as a Nursing Supervisor, a Community Health
Nurse and was a recipient of the "Meritorious Service" award
for work done on the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane
Katrina. Dona received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Tri-County
Technical College in Pendleton, SC and is a certified Red Cross
Instructor for CPR, AED, First Aid and staff training.
She describes her role as "getting to know the students,
hearing their jokes, stories, hopes, dreams, sadness's, and helping
them with their aches, pains, and health needs." Dona really
appreciates being able to support the Cherokee Creek families,
adding "I remember the overwhelming feelings of frustration
and worry as I parented two boys with learning disabilities and
emotional difficulties and empathize with moms, dads and all the
family members." We are fortunate to have her medical knowledge
and nursing experience on our team along with her caring nature
and wise insight! Welcome Dona!