Staff and Clergy

Luigi Mandile, Parish Administrator, 504.947.2121, luigi@stannanola.org

Luigi is married to his husband Sean and they live with three large dogs in Chalmette, La. Luigi has been a member of St. Anna’s church for over a decade. He is one of the Acolyte Masters in the Church. He is currently studying to become a Deacon in the Church with his primary focus on LGBTQ+ community.

 

 

The Very Rev. William H. Terry, Rector, 504.947.2121, fr.bill@stannanola.org

Fr. Bill is married to Vicki and they have three children and a three grandchildren. They have four dogs and live just outside of the city in Merauxl, LA. Fr. Bill is also Adjunct Faculty with the Tulane School of Medicine, Ethics and Humanities Dept. He is also Chaplain to the School of Medicine. Fr. Bill is also a Kellogg Fellow (Class of 2019) and has been cited in numerous media/publications including NPR’s State of the Reunion, London Times, Times Picayune and the film “Shell Shocked” etc. for his work with urban violence. Fr. Bill holds two degrees M.Div. Nashotah House, and M.P.S. Loyola University.

 

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The Rev. Deacon Leroy “Buck” Close, (504) 947-2121, buckclose@gmail.com

Deacon Close comes to Saint Anna’s from Saint John’s in New Port, RI  where he also serves. Deacon Close is the Chair of the Dodwell House Restoration Committee at St. Anna’s.  Deacon Close was born in South Carolina, graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies. He and his wife, Lucy, served with the Church World Service in Nicaragua and have also started a not-for-profit job creation agency, 1000 Jobs/Haiti. The Closes live in Little Compton and New Orleans and have three grown children.

 

 

 

Anna’s Place NOLA

Diana Meyers, Director of Missions, 504.947.2121, diana@stannanola.org

Diana is a fifth generation member of St. Anna’s and after Katrina founded St. Anna’s Mobile Medical Mission. This outreach eventually became a part of Anna’s Place NOLA. Diana is married to Mike and they have two adult children. Diana is a Registered Nurse and has published/co-authored several academic papers and is recognized as a leading figure in Mobile Medical delivery systems.

 

 

Darryl Durham, Director of Arts and Community Engagement, 504.947.2121, darryl@stannanola.org

Darryl is credited as the founder of Anna’s Arts for Kids which has become a constituent part of Anna’s Place NOLA. Darryl is from South Carolina and holds a Masters Degree in Music from Boston University. Darryl has been a part of St. Anna’s outreach ministries for almost ten years and has won the Blue Cross Angel of the Year Award. Darryl’s passion is the empowerment of young people of color.

 

 

Yulene Valasquez Youth Program Director, 504.947.2121, annasplace@stannanola.org

Holds a Masters Degree in Choral music and is married to musician Michael Bergen and they enjoy their young son Gabriel. Yulene, originally from Venezuela, is Anna’s Place logistics director. Yulene’s passion is choral music and direction.

 

 

 

 

Brother Don Dubay, Food Pantry and Homeless Ministries,

Br. Don is a member of the Order of St. Francis and St. Claire. Don has been a member of St. Anna’s with his husband Rusty Downing for over a decade. Br. Don’s passion remains solidarity with the homeless, hungry, and poor of our city.