Meet the Dorm Heads
Our dorms are very special places; each one houses faculty members (and their families) who will become a part of your life, as well as students from all over the world. You will quickly be caught up in fun dorm events, ranging from dorm Olympics to birthday parties. Welcome to your home away from home!
In addition to the housing options organized around gender, Loomis Chaffee offers an all-gender housing option within Flagg Hall. On that floor, gender is not an organizing principle and all students are welcome to request to live there. If you have any questions about all-gender housing at Loomis, please contact Dean of Students Jessica Matzkin at email@example.com.
Richmond Hall | Bob DeConinck
Mr. DeConinck has worked at Loomis for 23 years, and this is his fourth year as Richmond dorm head and his seventh year as a dorm head at Loomis overall. He is the associate director of studies, a chemistry teacher, and the head coach of the girls swimming and diving team. He lives on campus with his wife, Ginny, who is the standardized testing coordinator and works in College Guidance. Mr. and Mrs. DeConinck's two sons are Loomis graduates.
“Loomis is a busy place with all the stresses associated with any high school. Our hope is that once a girl walks through the doors of Richmond, she feels a bit more at ease and relaxed. There are adults, junior prefects, and other classmates there to lean on and to enjoy the company of. The school day does not end when a student leaves the classroom as the growth of a Loomis Chaffee student continues in the residence halls.”
Cutler Hall | Lillian Corman
This is Ms. Corman’s fifth year on the Island as a Spanish teacher. She was the dorm head in Longman for two years, and this fall is her second year as dorm head of Cutler Hall.
“I am looking forward to keeping alive the Cutler legacy of being a diverse mix of students and faculty and to instilling a strong sense of community in the girls that live there. I want Cutler to be a safe space for all 50 girls that live there and for the girls to feel at home and comfortable in our space. At the same time, I think it’s important that they feel fulfilled by the time they spend in the dorm and that they learn something both about themselves and others along the way.”
Longman Hall | Annie Sher
This is Ms. Sher’s second year as Longman dorm head and her third year at Loomis. She teaches in the Math Department and coaches JV basketball and lacrosse.
“I loved working as an affiliate in Longman during my first year. With just eight sophomore girls and two junior prefects, Longman really feels like a family. As dorm faculty, you get the chance to interact with and know each and every girl. I am so excited to step into this new role and have an even greater hand in creating this tight-knit community."
Palmer hall | Liz Bucceri ’07
Ms. Bucceri is a math and science teacher and is the new head coach of the boys swimming and diving team after assistant coaching girls swimming, girls water polo, and boys water polo for the last eight years. She has been the dorm head in Palmer for four years, where she lives with her dog, Clara Jean.
“We are one big family in Palmer. We have a slightly smaller dorm and a HUGE common room, which allows for a lot of time where the entire dorm can all be in the same room. In my first year as dorm head, we started a Palmer House Cup Challenge. Every girl is put on a team that is led by a resident assistant, and there are monthly competitions throughout the year that earn the team points. We do things like a campus-wide scavenger hunt, Halloween costume contest, gingerbread house decorating contest, MarioKart tournament, puzzle contest, trivia night, and other silly challenges. At the end of the year, we finish things with a dorm Olympics and celebrate our winning team.”
Ammidon hall | Jaci Cardwell
Mrs. Cardwell, in her second year as dorm head of Ammidon, has lived at Loomis for seven years. She lives in Ammidon with her husband, Marc, who is a Spanish teacher at Loomis, and their three young children.
“My favorite part of dorm life is seeing all of the connections being made. I love dorm events and finding activities, food, or conversations that can bring a whole community together. I love the idea of creating a home away from home, and I aim to help create an environment that is welcoming, open, and centered on kindness.”
Howe hall | Courtney Jackson
This will be Ms. Jackson’s third year working at Loomis and living in Howe Hall and her first year as dorm head. She teaches English, is the assistant varsity girls soccer and basketball coach, works with SPECTRUM, and serves as an assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“My favorite part of Howe is how genuinely friendly people are. When my girlfriend Laura and I moved to Loomis, we were excited to join such a warm and welcoming school community, but living in Howe exceeded our expectations. We didn't just feel accepted, we felt embraced, which made our move from Boston to Windsor that much easier.
“Since then, our experiences have only continued to affirm our first impressions. Howe residents and its faculty team have been incredibly inclusive, supportive, and engaged, making Howe a living and learning community. As dorm head, I hope to continue this familial spirit that has been such a cornerstone of the Howe Hall experience as well as challenge our residents to think more expansively and critically about identity, belonging, equity, and inclusion.”
kravis hall | Jeff Moore
Mr. Moore is in his second year as the Kravis dorm head. Jeff also works in College Guidance and is the head varsity football and JV basketball coach. Before arriving at Loomis, he spent three years at another boarding school in a residential life administrative role. He lives in the Kravis with his wife, Brittany, and their chocolate lab, Ollie.
“I look forward to creating a culture of brotherhood and camaraderie in Kravis. It’s a very amazing experience to have so many boys form such special relationships in our dorm. Kravis Hall is a great place for boys to grow, mature, and be comfortable in their own skin. I am very excited to continue Kravis traditions, including Kravis Basketball Association, Kravis Cookouts, and the Secret Valentine Swap.”
Carter hall | Linda Hathorn
Mrs. Hathorn is moving into the role of Carter Hall dorm head after having lived in the dorm for the past two years with her husband, Don; their young daughter, Freya; and their gentle-giant Newfoundland dog, Otso. She is the assistant director of the Summer Program and head coach of the varsity girls soccer team.
“The culture of Carter Hall is one of respect, inclusivity, support, and, of course, fun! My aim is to ensure each student feels at home in the dorm, to make it a place they feel appreciated and valued for who they are and the unique qualities and traits they bring to both the Carter community and the Loomis community at large. I look forward to continuing to support this diverse group of students as they learn to live independently, develop strong relationships with their peers, and become leaders within their communities.”
Harman Hall | Mark Zunino
Mr. Zunino has worked at Loomis Chaffee for 14 years, has lived in Harman for the last three years, and was an affiliate in Taylor Hall for four years before that. This will be his first year as dorm head of Harman, where he lives with his wife, Rachel; their daughter, Michela, and son, Alex ’20; and the family’s 9-year old beagle, Lulu. Mr. “Z” teaches drawing, painting, printmaking and the college-level seminar in the Visual Arts in the Art Department, and he is the director of the Adolf Dehn Visiting Artist Program.
“I am greatly looking forward to my role as dorm head of Harman Hall because I feel like it is my opportunity to leave an indelible mark on a wide and diverse group of students who come to Loomis Chaffee with a desire to learn and to experience the richness of boarding school life. I see LC as a great place to learn, play, and grow, and in my time in the dorm I have witnessed how dorm life shapes the way that young people bring all those experiences together to develop into the upperclassmen of tomorrow. First and foremost, I want Harman to be a place where each resident feels like they belong and where they can bring their rich and diverse life experiences and define the kind of community they want to live in.”
flagg Hall | Elliott Dial
Mr. Dial has worked at Loomis for eight years and as dorm head of Flagg Hall for five years. He teaches history, is a dean of students, directs the Kravis Scholar Program, and is an assistant coach for football and basketball. He lives in Flagg with his fiancée, Molly, and their dog, Sachem.
“My goal as dorm head is to help the boys create their own culture in the dorm. I want them to feel invested in where they live. The faculty that work in the dorm and I will have conversations and make sure that the culture is appropriate, but I really believe that the students enjoy having the freedom to make the dorm into what they need/want. There are definitely times where we have mandatory fun for the dorm, but a lot of our activities come from the students themselves, which I believe helps them enjoy their time away from home.”
Batchelder Hall | Jackson Fleming
Mr. Fleming teaches in the Modern and Classical Languages Department, advises the Student Council, and coaches tennis and soccer. He has worked at Loomis for five years, serving as dorm head in “Batch” for four years.
“My number one goal as a dorm head is to ensure that every dorm resident feels respected, comfortable, and a part of the community. The ideal is an environment where any student could walk into the dorm social room, see another dorm resident hanging out, and feel fully comfortable sitting down and joining them. Batchelder Hall residents love their dorm activities, which include annual dodgeball matchups against the other upperclassmen boys dorms, holiday caroling, the ‘No-Shave’ November charity drive, trivia night, and our spring concert, ‘Batch-fest’, which features student, alumni, and faculty performers. We also have many wonderful less-preplanned events, like Saturday night movie showings with accompanying take-out food feasts.”
warham Hall | Donnie McKillop
Mr. McKillop is the assistant athletic director, head varsity baseball coach, and assistant football coach. He has worked at Loomis for four years and served for three years as dorm head in Warham, where he lives with his wife, Katy, and their three young children.
“In Warham our boys learn how to live in a positive community. Our R.A.’s (resident assistants) are vital to setting the culture and tone of the dorm, and we want it to feel like a family home. Our staff believes in helping students learn how to build and contribute to an inclusive community that people want to be a part of. It tends to be a lighthearted and an enjoyable place to live. The guidelines of the dorm definitely help young men learn how to prioritize their time while also still feeling like a comfortable home to relax in and enjoy time with peers.”
Taylor Hall | Ned Heckman
Mr. Heckman joined the Science Department in 2019, and 2020–21 is his first year as dorm head of Taylor. He teaches a range of science courses, including Biology, Genetics, and Environmental Science. Mr. Heckman also co-facilitates the LGBTQ+ affinity group on campus in addition to coaching ultimate frisbee. Mr. Heckman lives in Taylor with his husband, Ryan, and two cats, Mochi and Mousse.
“My primary goal is to make Taylor Hall a home for the guys who live there, a community within a community. We value honesty and camaraderie as we build that community. And fun – fun is important, too!”