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 — Mimi Donegan
Mrs. Donegan has worked at Loomis for 20 years and served as a dorm head for six. She teaches psychology and is a faculty facilitator for the Longman Leadership Institute. She lives in Cutler with her husband, Mike, who is a dean of students and the director of student activities. Mr. and Mrs. Donegan have two daughters, the eldest is a Loomis alumna and the youngest is a member of the class of 2019.
“My approach to residential life is that the dorm should feel like home, a place to feel safe, to relax, to decompress from the day, and to connect with friends and faculty families. My five main goals for our students in the dorm are to foster personal responsibility, help them to find their voice and mature interpersonally, expand their horizons by learning about other students from around the world, to cultivate exceptional study skills, and to develop confidence in their independent living skills.”
LONGMAN HALL — Lillian Corman
Ms. Corman has worked at Loomis for three years and been the dorm head in Longman for two; she also teaches Spanish.
“Longman is a small, ten-student dorm. We have two juniors who serve as prefects, and eight sophomores. This makes for a tight-knit community, and the girls take pride in knowing each other so well. There is no other place to live on campus like Longman, and the girls truly do feel at home here. Longman is also home to the Longman Leadership Institute, a living-learning community in which we not only have normal dorm life routines and traditions (like bowling and apple picking, for instance), but we also meet once a week as a group to learn about leadership, followership, and other life skills that the girls will take with them as they navigate high school and beyond! The program is also open to a few day students, which helps to better mix day and boarding students.”
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 — Hudson Harper
Mr. Harper is the assistant head of the Math Department and has worked at Loomis for three years. This is his first year as dorm head in Ammidon where he lives with his wife, Ashleigh, who is the assistant to the dean of enrollment, and their daughter, their cat, and their dog.
“My approach to life in Ammidon is to try to maintain a positive environment that is centered around community traditions and values. The girls know each other well and are constantly forming bonds outside their regular friend groups. One of our favorite activities: Ammi-Dodgeball.”
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 — Elliot Beck
Mr. Beck has worked at Loomis for nine years and served for four years as dorm head of Kravis Hall where he lives with his wife, three cats, two fish, and a dog. Elliot teaches math and coaches boys squash.
“My dorm life philosophy is that students need a good balance of support and responsibility in order to learn how to function in a dorm environment on their own. I always make sure there is a strong underlying structure, but we talk a lot in the dorm about being personally responsible for one’s health and one’s work academically.”
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 — Dan Reed
Mr. Reed is a first year dorm head, but has worked at Loomis for three years as an English teacher and squash coach. Taylor traditions include Saturday night “second dinners” which consist of a midnight meal of pizza, chicken wings, Chinese food, or the like. This year the dorm also added “Taylor Trivia”, with each advisory group forming a team.
“Taylor guys, being upperclassmen, take on a lot of responsibility for themselves. While dorm faculty members are always around and love to chat or help solve a problem (whether on a tough math assignment or in moving furniture!), the Taylor community values each member’s responsibility, both in holding himself accountable to his goals and in playing a productive role in the group. Taylor is a place where young men can take a step towards independence while having an active support system and living with a diverse group of peers who love to hang out in the common room.”