Board Members


President – Kira McDonnell

Kira has 3 children at BSS (6th, 5th and 3rd) and has served on the PTO Board for 4 years. She was the BSS building representative for the 2014 RCCSD Operating Referendum and has been the Yearbook Advisor since Spring 2014. Kira is a board member of St. Patrick’s Day Society for St. Patrick’s Center in Wilmington and serves on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Delaware.  Kira was a Delaware Rush Travel Team Manager for the past 5 years and a Fundraising Co-Chair for the last 2 years.  She is also an Executive Consultant for Rodan + Fields skincare.

Vice President, Elementary Liaison – Melissa Irwin

Melissa has two children at BSS (K, 2nd) and works full time at the University of Delaware as an Infant and Toddler Specialist. Melissa plays kickball for fun and loves to spend time outdoors. Her goal is to spend as much time as possible with her children and support them in their educational journey at BSS!

Vice President, Middle School Liaison – Andrea Ziegler

Andrea has 1 child currently at BSS (6th) as well as a Bobcat alumni that currently attends DMA.  This is Andrea’s second year on the PTO Board.  Andrea works full-time at AstraZeneca.

Secretary – Cindy Dikeman

Cindy has 3 daughters at BSS (8th, 7th, 4th) and has served on the PTO Board for 3 years.  Cindy has worked full-time at Bank of America for the past 22 years, and is the co-executive sponsor for the Delaware chapter of LEAD for Women, a global network of Bank of America employees dedicated to creating leadership development, education and networking opportunities for women.  Since 2013 she has also served on the board of Jobs for Delaware Graduates, a private, non-profit corporation designed to prepare highly at-risk middle and high school students for transition from school to work.  She is also an active volunteer for St. John the Beloved’s athletic and religious education programs.

Treasurer – Kristen Salfas

Kristen has a 3rd grader at BSS and a pre-schooler.  Kristen works full-time as an accountant and this is her 3rd year on the Board.

Director of Fundraising – Katy Richardson

Katy has 3 children at BSS (4th, 1st, 1st).  Katy works as a pediatric nurse at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.  Katy served as the chair for our Leave Winter Behind event last year and this is her first year on the Board.

Director of Communications – Cathryn Farwell

Cathryn has 2 children at BSS (4th, 2nd) and works as a paralegal.  This is Cathryn’s second year on the Board.

Director of Volunteers – Lisa Capretto

Lisa has 2 children at BSS (7th, 4th) and works part-time at Chatham Financial.  Lisa is a second year Board member.

Director of Grants – Jessica Benoit

Jess has 2 children at BSS and works full-time for US Bank. She has participated in several BSS volunteer opportunities, including the BSS Directory and as an assistant coach for our Girls on the Run program.  This is her first year on the Board.

Teacher Liaisons:

Laura Milligan – 1st grade teacher

Megan Hagedorn – 7th grade teacher

Amy Archer – Nurse

Nurse Archer is a life long Delawarean and was a Red Clay student from kindergarten through grade 12. She is celebrating her 30th anniversary as a nurse this year. She has been married for 28 years and has 2 sons and a dog. In her spare time she enjoys bike riding, knitting, scrap booking and hanging out with family and friends. She looks forward to working with the staff and PTO to make BSS the best school, seriously!

David Kelleher – Art teacher