News Roundup -- BHS science position filled/New staff at Youth Services/Mills to lead endowment

BHS science position filled

The Bainbridge Island School District has hired Tom Zuzelski as a physics and physical science teacher at Bainbridge High School, pending formal approval by the school board.

Zuzelski will join the teaching staff on Feb. 22.

He will fill the post vacated by Charles “Pat” Murphy, who was fired by the district last week. Murphy faces charges of possession of child pornography.

Zuzelski holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

After several years in private sector work, Zuzelski is beginning his second career as a teacher.

He recently completed his student teaching at Central Kitsap Junior High and comes “with outstanding recommendations from the teachers and administrators he worked with in the Central Kitsap School District,” according to the school district.

New staff at Youth Services

Lisa Erickson, part-time clinical supervisor, and Michele Muffoletto, jobs desk coordinator, have joined the staff of Bainbridge Youth Services.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” BYS Executive Director Lois Lee said. “We have an excellent team of highly skilled professionals at BYS. These two women will only add to that excellence.”

Erickson will be an in-house resource with whom BYS counselors may consult.

She brings 12 years of experience in clinical supervision and consultation and 20 years of teaching with Antioch College to the position. Her specialties are addiction and substance abuse treatment, psychopathology and ethics.

She is a past president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Muffoletto taught and mentored youth in her previous position in Louisiana working for the Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force ROTC. In her new position, she will match employers with youths seeking jobs.

Bainbridge Youth Services provides no-cost counseling services, youth-led drug and alcohol abuse prevention workshops in middle and high schools, a jobs program and other outreach programs and services for Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap County adolescents.

Is your teen safe online?

Computers are a godsend and a curse to many parents, enticing their teens into web worlds that are potentially harmful.

Other parents are clueless about where their children surf and don’t think to find out.

Realizing that teens know much more about computer technology than their parents, Mama Llamas invites island parents, teens and ’tweens to discuss safety issues regarding blogs – like and – chat rooms and instant messaging.

The goal is to have a “lively discussion” about strategies to monitor computer use and keep the entire family safe while using the Internet.

“I want (the young people) to come help us become more informed,” said the organization’s Sally Kidder Davis, a certified parent coach with Sound Parent, LLC. “There are parents who are totally in denial when they’re on the computer. There are kids who are addicted to the small screen.”

Internet use poses several dangers, including sexual solicitation and privacy issues. For some teens, having a computer in their bedroom invites an imbalance between Internet time and other activities.

Computers, she said, are “a huge factor in disconnecting parents and kids. We have to work even harder to connect and spend time together.”

Davis has ongoing conversations with her three teenagers about their computer time. And, as she discovered, even vigilant parents are in for surprises.

“My daughter was also on myspace and underage and it was a wake-up call,” she said, of the site that is supposed to be for users ages 14 and older.

Mama Llamas forums are intended to be comfortable gatherings.

“We sit in a circle. There is no one expert,” Davis said. “We look to everyone in the group to inform us and share resources.”

The discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Ihland Garden Dental, 1037 Madison Ave. N., in the community room behind the main house. Suggested donation is $5.

Mama Llamas is sponsored by Imagine Bainbridge. For more information call 780-0104.

– Rhona Schwartz

Mills to lead endowment

The Bainbridge Island Community Endowment has a new slate of board officers for 2006.

Joining the board are Larry Mills, president; Jeff Pritchard, vice president; Carol White, treasurer; and Sandy Schubac, secretary.

Replacing retiring board members Cynthia Sears and Ed Kushner are Dave Veterane and Bill Sperling. They join continuing board members Tom Beierle, Kate Carruthers, Tom Croker, Jon Doll, Steve Davis, Bob Karr, Sonya Marinoni, Channie Peters and Tom Reveley.

The Bainbridge Island Community Endowment ended 2005 with approximately $2.8 million in assets. In addition to its undesignated fund, the endowment administers 14 donor-advised, designated and scholarship funds.

Established by local donors and nonprofits, the funds help meet community needs when requests for funding exceed the endowment’s grant-making capacity from its undesignated fund.

The board is seeking a part-time development director. To learn more about the endowment or this position, call Steve Davis at 842-2746.

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