RICHMOND HALL — Bob DeConinck
Mr. DeConinck has worked at Loomis for 21 years and this is his fourth year as a dorm head. 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 the assistant director of student activities. 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
Ms. Corman has worked at Loomis for four years and was the dorm head in Longman for two years; she also teaches Spanish and the Seminar in the Common Good.
“I am looking forward to keeping the Cutler legacy of being a diverse mix of students and faculty alive, and to instill a strong sense of community in the girls that live there. I want Cutler to be a safe space for all 53 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
Ms. Sher enters the role of Longman dorm head in her second 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 8 sophomore girls and 2 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
Ms. Bucceri is a Loomis Chaffee graduate, math and science teacher, and assistant coach for girls swimming and water polo and boys water polo. She has worked at Loomis for seven years and has been the dorm head in Palmer for three years where she lives with her boyfriend, Ben, and their 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 an resident assistant (RA) 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 has lived at Loomis for 6 years and has been the Director of International Students for 4 years. She lives on campus with her husband, Marc, who is a Spanish teacher at Loomis, and their son and daughter.
“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 form home and I aim to help create an environment that is welcoming, open and is centered on kindness.”
HOWE HALL — Lori Caligiuri
Mrs. Caligiuri has worked at Loomis Chaffee for eight years and as dorm head of Howe Hall for seven of those years. She is a history teacher and co-chair of Loomis’ Dorm Life Committee, and lives on campus with her husband, Sam, and their daughter and son.
“Howe Hall is more than a brick and mortar building. It is a community within a community — a place where our residents share the bond of being a Howe girl. The dorm is their ‘familiar’ place where they get to live everyday life with peers and adults who know and care about them.”
KRAVIS HALL — Jeff Moore
CARTER HALL — Beth Helfrich
Mrs. Helfrich has lived at Loomis for three years with her husband, Tim, who teaches English, is the head coach of the boys varsity soccer team, and is the co-leader of the Innovation Trimester (I-Tri). The Helfriches have four children and Otis the dog. This is Mrs. Helfrich's first year as dorm head.
“I think of Carter as a place that prioritizes inclusive, collective fun while also providing thoughtful structure and support for students who are away from home. It’s a good place to practice both living independently and living in shared spaces. My favorite dorm activities are the Carter Cup Ping-Pong Tournament and any time we get to feed everyone.”
HARMAN HALL — Liz Leyden
Mrs. Leyden has worked at Loomis for 10 years and served as dorm head of Harman Hall for nine. She teaches economics, coaches the girls varsity ice hockey team, and is an admission interviewer. She lives in Harman with her husband, Jake, a dean of students and their three children.
“I try to ensure Harman feels like a safe place that is a second home for the boys. All boys who live in the dorm need to feel that this is their spot and a place to be themselves. We aim to maintain this welcome and open atmosphere that allows each person to continue to grow and develop. The balance between the needs to the community and the individual is a continual one and something we actively work to achieve.”
FLAGG — Elliott Dial
Mr. Dial has worked at Loomis for eight years and as dorm head of Flagg Hall for five years. He teaches history, directs the Kravis Scholar Program, and is an assistant coach for football and basketball. He lives in Flagg with his fiancé, 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 Language Department, advises the Student Council, and coaches tennis and soccer. He has worked at Loomis for four years, serving as dorm head in “Batch” for three 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 upper-classmen 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 baseball coach, and assistant football coach. He has worked at Loomis for three years and served for two years as dorm head in Warham where he lives with his wife, Katy, and their two children and dog.
“In Warham our boys learn how to live in a positive community. Our RA’s (student leaders) 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 and enjoy time with peers.”
TAYLOR HALL — Dave Samuels
Dr. Samuels was lured away from the academic research life by the siren song of boarding school in the fall of 2017. He has taught several classes in the science department, including introductory biology and chemistry and college-level microbiology and molecular biology. He served for two years as an assistant volleyball coach at the Thirds and JV level before helming the 2019 Thirds squad, leading them to a 9-1 record. In his time at Loomis, he has lived in Kravis, Howe, and Cutler Halls and worked as an affiliate in Howe and Taylor. He became the dorm head in Taylor in 2019 and moved in with his wife, Erica (Dr. G), their daughter, Emilia, their cat, Ruby, and a new baby arriving January 2020.
“My primary goal in Taylor Hall is to nurture within my residents a strong sense of community engagement and good citizenship—not merely within the dorm and at Loomis Chaffee, but also in a global sense as well. I strive to generate a culture where everyone feels respected and comfortable being themselves, making Taylor their home on campus. To foster this tight-knit community, we have many in-dorm events on our calendar: trivia nights, cook-outs, and inter-dorm dodgeball are a few. I also strongly encourage all my residents to support each other in their on-campus endeavors—from the football field to the NEO stage, I hope that the Taylor ethos is carried across the campus.”