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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richmond Hall | Bob DeConinck
Mr. DeConinck has worked at Loomis for 24 years, and this is his fifth year as Richmond dorm head and his eighth 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 sixth year on the Island as a Spanish teacher. She was the dorm head in Longman for two years, and this fall is her third 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.”
Palmer hall | Liz Bucceri ’07
Ms. Bucceri is a math and science teacher and is the 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 five 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 third year as dorm head of Ammidon, has lived at Loomis for eight 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 fourth year working at Loomis and living in Howe Hall and her second 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.”
flagg Hall | Michaela Chipman
This is Ms. Chipman's third year on the Island. After two years working in Longman, she is excited to be moving to Flagg. She teaches in the English department, coaches field hockey, and is on the team for the Chaffee Leadership Institute.
“I am proud that Flagg is a space where students' authentic selves are nurtured and celebrated. I am focused on curating an environment where every resident is supported by faculty and peers alike as they pursue their passions. As dorm head, I intend to continue to cultivate the sense of family and belonging that is a longstanding part of the Flagg tradition.”
Carter hall | Linda Hathorn
Mrs. Hathorn is in her second year as Carter Hall dorm head after having lived in the dorm for the past three 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 15 years, has lived in Harman for the last four years, and was an affiliate in Taylor Hall for four years before that. This will be his second year as dorm head of Harman, where he lives with his wife, Rachel; their daughter, Michela, and son, Alex ’20; and the family’s 10-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.”
Longman Hall | Kevin Guevara
Mr. Guevara is entering his third year at Loomis teaching in the History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department. After spending two years as an affiliate in Flagg, this fall will be his first year as dorm head of Longman. Mr. Guevara also coaches boys soccer and lacrosse.
“I have the amazing opportunity to make a special impact in the life of my residents. My hope is that our boys can develop the character and value for growth holistically. My goal is to facilitate a safe and creative space where students can contribute to the dorm in an authentic and accepting way. I am very excited for my first year as the dorm head of Longman, and I look forward to making memories with the students that will last a lifetime.”
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 six years, serving as dorm head in “Batch” for five 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 five years and served for four 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 this is his second 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!”