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Ashley M. Bairos ’06
Ashley joined the faculty full time in 2016 after having worked at Choate’s Summer Programs for seven years. She earned her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M.S. in Environmental Science from Green Mountain College. Prior to Choate, she taught for two years at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. Ashley also worked at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y. She played ice hockey at both Choate and Middlebury and is the assistant coach for girls’ Varsity ice hockey.

Diana Beste
Diana is a familiar face in the Choate Admission Office. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Director of International Admission before stepping back into her previous role as language department head. She joined Choate’s classics department in 1983. A Brooklyn native, she attended Hunter College High School for Girls in Manhattan and graduated from the State University of New York, Brockport with a major in classical studies and a minor in English. She received an M.A.T. in Latin and classical humanities from UMass Amherst. She lives on campus with her family.

Kayla A.C. Cloud
Kayla grew up in Idaho and came to Connecticut to attend Wesleyan University where she earned a BA in English (with a concentration in critical theory) and Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies. At Wesleyan, she was a four-year member of the varsity crew team. She joined Choate’s English faculty in 2015. She coaches the boys’ crew team and is a dorm adviser in Archbold, where she lives with her dogs, Duke and Tobe.

Lorraine S. Connelly
Lorraine is Associate Director of Communications for Marketing & Media and Editor of the Choate Rosemary Hall Bulletin. She has been a member of the Communications Department since 1989 and is an adviser to the Spiritual Life team as well as an admission interviewer. She received her B.A. from Hunter College and an M.A. from Northeastern University. Lorraine and her husband, John (HPRSS), live in Atwater Cottage and are the parents of two Choate graduates.

Mb Duckett Ireland
Mb graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature. She joined the English faculty in 2010. She was an inaugural faculty member for the Environmental Immersion Program in 2012 and developed the course Literature and the Landscape. She currently serves as chair of the Diversity Education Committee and is an adviser to Spectrum, Choate’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, one of the largest, most active student groups on campus. Mb coaches Girls JV basketball and Girls JV lacrosse. She will receive her M.A. from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in August.

Kim Hastings
Kim is a graduate of Brown (A.B. Comparative Literature) and Yale (Ph.D. Spanish and Portuguese). A freelance writer, editor, and translator who lives in Madison, Connecticut, she has remained closely connected to academic life through admission and alumni networking, student and faculty interviewing, and parent outreach. Raised and educated around the world, she is thrilled to be involved with the global community at Choate, from which her eldest son graduated and her twins currently attend.

Grace Leone
Grace received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago. A resident of Westport and New York City, her professional career began more than 25 years ago and includes experience in operations, investment banking, and capital raising. A mother of three children, including a current Choate senior, she has been actively engaged in numerous elementary/secondary schools including, Greens Farms Academy, Hopkins School, and Choate Rosemary Hall.

Francie Irvine
Francie Irvine retired from New Canaan Country School in 2012, where she was Assistant Head for 13 years. She began her career as a French teacher at the Foote School, where she was also Director of Admissions. She was head of Ecole Bilingue in Boston, and director of Secondary School Placement at Shady Hill School in Cambridge. Francie received her B.A. from Smith College and her M.A. from Middlebury College.

Yaser S. Robles
Yaser joined Choate’s history, philosophy, religion and social sciences department in 2015 after teaching at The International Leadership Charter High School in Bronx, New York. He served as a research fellow in the sociology and anthropology departments at Fordham University and taught undergraduate level courses on the Black and Latino Experience at SUNY Oneonta. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University, his M.S. at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and his Ph.D. at the University at Albany (SUNY). Yaser is head of house in Memorial House where he lives with his wife, Tamara. Yaser is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Kathryn G. Rose-Noonan
Kathryn joined the Choate faculty in 2014 after completing her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where she was a teaching fellow and a Presidential Instructional Technology Fellow. Kathryn received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in French and biochemistry. She lives in McCook with her husband and young daughter.

Nicole Stock '05
Nicole came back to campus in the fall of 2010. In addition to being a 2005 graduate of Choate, she received a B.S. in political science from Brown University. She also completed her M.S. in sports leadership at Northeastern University in 2012. Nicole serves as an Assistant Athletic Director as well as an admission interviewer. In addition, she is head coach for girls’ Varsity ice hockey and is an assistant coach for girls’ Varsity lacrosse. Nicole is a former goaltender for the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL).

Catherine C. Velez
Catherine joined the Choate science faculty in 2010 after working at Loomis Chaffee (LC ‘03). Catherine received her B.A. from Union College in classical studies and biology. In 2016, she took on new responsibilities as the School’s Registrar. Catherine and her husband Mike Velez ‘00 (HPRSS) live in Combination House with their young daughters, Maddox and Eloise.