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!
Ammidon Hall | Stacy-Ann “Ro” Rowe ’97
Ms. Ro, an alumna of Loomis Chaffee, joined the faculty in 2019 and took on the role of head of Ammidon Hall in 2023. Ms. Ro is head of the Visual Arts Department, teaches graphic design, serves as assistant director for diversity, equity & inclusion, and is faculty advisor to The Confluence, the school’s yearbook. Ms. Ro resides in Ammidon with her fiancé, Quinn; and their beloved dog, Bay.
“During my time as a student at Loomis Chaffee, the faculty’s familial approach left a lasting impact. I’ve always promised to offer the same support to the next generation. Having lived in Ammidon — my favorite dorm for a year — I understand its family-like culture known as the “Am Fam.” As dorm head, I aim to provide same warmth and support I experienced to the girls under my guidance.”
Batchelder Hall | Courtney Jackson
Ms. Jackson, who previously served as head of Howe Hall, teaches English, is the assistant varsity girls soccer and basketball coach, works with SPECTRUM, and serves as an associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“When my girlfriend Laura and I moved to Loomis, we were excited to join such a warm and welcoming school community but living on campus exceeded our expectations. We didn't just feel accepted, we felt embraced, which made our move from Boston to Windsor that much easier.”
Carter Hall | Linda Hathorn
Mrs. Hathorn lives in Carter Hall with her husband, Don; their daughter, Freya; and their gentle-giant Newfoundland dog, Otso. She is an associate dean of students 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.”
Cutler Hall | Lillian Corman
Ms. Corman teaches Spanish and is the associate director of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good. She was the dorm head in Longman Hall for two years before taking over as head of Cutler Hall.
“I want to instill a strong sense of community in the girls who live here. I want Cutler to be a safe space 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.”
Flagg Hall | Hannah Insuik
Girls Dorm/All-Gender Housing Option
Ms. Insuik, AKA Ms. I, lives in Flagg House with her husband, Duncan, and their dog, Eppie. She teaches science (chemistry and biology) and coaches varsity volleyball, girls junior varsity hockey, and varsity softball. Ms. I is advisor to the Jewish Student Union.
“Dorms are the spaces on campus that students can really call their own. I strive to create a culture in Flagg Hall where students can feel comfortable and confident as well as learn and grow with their neighbors.”
Harman Hall | Caitie Cotton
Ms. Cotton teaches history and philosophy and coaches girls basketball. She helps to teach healthy relationships curriculum through the Norton Center and lives in Harman Hall with her two dogs, Stevie and Leonard. Before joining the Loomis Chaffee community, Ms. Cotton lived in dormitories for eight years and served as a dorm head for four years in an upperclassman girls dorm.
“I’m excited to work with our youngest of students. Throughout my work at Loomis and elsewhere, I have been committed to DEI and healthy relationships work. The earlier we can start these conversations with our students, the more we can strengthen the foundation for continued growth in our school culture in regard to these topics. I’m excited to help – along with our other dorm faculty and prefects – make Harman a home away from home for our students and to be a place that is safe, fun, and supportive for them!”
Howe Hall | Michaela Chipman
Ms. Chipman teaches in the English department, coaches JV field hockey, and is part of the team of faculty who work with students in the Chaffee Leadership Institute.
“I am deeply passionate about the empowerment of young women as scholars, athletes, artists, and leaders. I believe in the transformative power of a supportive community of women, and I feel so fortunate to call Howe my home along with an amazing dorm team and just under fifty exceptional young women. Our multifaceted community is a rich tapestry of identities, interests, and talents. We are a dorm that celebrates authenticity and honesty; we conduct ourselves in a manner that makes the truest and best selves of our residents feel not just welcomed, but also encouraged. The halls of “Home Sweet Howe” are often ringing with laughter, allowing our students to relax after long LC days. ”
Kravis Hall | Sam Lagasse
Mr. Lagasse became head of Kravis Hall at the start of the 2023-24 school year. He teaches English and is an assistant coach for the boys cross country and track and field teams. Before arriving at Loomis in 2022, he worked for five years in an undergraduate residence hall at Cornell University; he has also served as resident faculty in Warham Hall. Mr. Lagasse lives in Kravis with his partner, Zachary Grobe, who also teaches English at Loomis; and his cat, Binx.
“Dorm life can be a very powerful site and source of belonging. My experience in living-learning programs has been a continual testament to the fact that this kind of belonging is a crucial pillar of student success. My goal is for Kravis Hall to be a space for students to embrace safety, inclusivity, tradition, and teamwork as deeply fulfilling aspects of their efforts to build community.”
Longman Hall | Skyler Dovi ’17
Ms. Dovi, a graduate of Loomis Chaffee, teaches psychology and coaches with both the girls track & field and soccer programs.
“My hope for Longman is to foster a tight-knit community where the girls feel like family. My goal is to create a living environment that allows residents to learn something new about themselves, become leaders, and create connections. Outside of self-development, I aim to bring a sense of fun into the dorm.”
Palmer Hall | Liz Bucceri ’07
Ms. Bucceri is a math and science teacher and is an assistant coach of girls swimming, girls water polo, and boys water polo.
“We are one big family in Palmer. We have a slightly smaller dorm and a great 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.”
Richmond Hall | Bob DeConinck
Mr. DeConinck, who has worked at Loomis for many years, has served as head of Richmond Hall since 2018. He is associate director of studies, a chemistry teacher, and head coach of the girls swimming and diving team. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Ginny, who is the standardized testing coordinator. 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.”
Taylor Hall | Ned Heckman
Mr. Heckman joined the Science Department in 2019. He teaches a range of science courses, including Biology, Genetics, and Environmental Science. Mr. Heckman also co-facilitates the LGBTQIA+ affinity group on campus in addition to coaching ultimate frisbee. Mr. Heckman lives in Taylor Hall with his husband, Ryan, and two cats.
“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!”
Warham Hall | Donnie McKillop
Mr. McKillop is the assistant athletic director, head varsity baseball coach, and assistant football coach. He lives in Warham with his wife, Katy, and their four 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.”