Staff Directory

Staff and Clergy

All staff may be reached by calling (504) 947-2121

The Very Rev. William H. Terry, Rector

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

The Rev. Deacon Luigi Mandile, Parish Administrator

Luigi is married to 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 and is one of the Acolyte Masters in the Church. He was ordained Deacon in the Church in 2021 and has his primary focus outreach to the LGBTQ+ community.

Rev. Deacon Leroy “Buck” Close

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. Born in South Carolina, he 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, "1000JobsHaiti". The Closes live in Little Compton and New Orleans and have three grown children.

Anna’s Place NOLA

All Anna’s Place staff may be reached by calling (504) 947-2121

Dr. Cavin Davis, Executive Director of Anna’s Place NOLA

A graduate of St. Augustine High School, Dr. Davis holds a Doctorate in Eduation with a focus on Leadership. His career includes football coach; middle school, special education, and Behavior Interventionist teacher; Special Education Department Chair; Assistant Principal; and Director of School Operations for Yes Prep Charter Schools. Growing up in the Treme, Cavin is happy to return to New Orleans and serve this community. Cavin is married to wife Claudine and they have two children.

Darryl Durham, Founder and Program Director

Darryl founded Anna’s Arts for Kids in 2010 (renamed Anna’s Place NOLA) as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty which affects many of the youth in the city of New Orleans. Currently the Program Director for Anna's Place NOLA, he is a professional musician and an educator with a Master of Music Degree from Boston University. It was while a student in Boston that Mr. Durham began utilizing the arts as a means of educating youth about African American history and culture. He has held the role of Program Director of “Project SEARCH” at The Boston Conservatory and Executive Director of the Harlem School of the Arts and has traveled the world as a professional clarinetist. Mr. Durham is a recipient of the 2012 Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana Angel Award for his work with Anna’s Place NOLA. He is also coordinator for the Down in Treme Concert Series, founder and Board Chair of the Tremé Artists Collective, and has served on the board of numerous community organizations.

Ken Leach, Organist, Choir Director, and Children’s Choral Ensemble Director.

Ken is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, holding degrees as Master of Music and B.A. in Music Education. He has a long history as a Professional Music Director and Conductor and has several years experience as a music educator. Ken has also played in a number of churches in various denominations.

Brother Don Dubay, Chaplain to the Food Pantry and Homeless Outreach Ministries

Br. Don is a member of the Community of Francis and Clare. Don has been a member of St. Anna’s with his husband Rusty Downing for over a decade. Br. Don’s passion remains solidly with the unhoused, hungry, and poor of our city.

The Dodwell House Restoration Committee

The “Dodwell House Committee” is comprised of several members of the congregation. This is a functioning working Committee under the auspices of the Vestry of St. Anna’s. In addition to the Committee we have contracted with professional architects and other related professionals. This is a formidable team with a real vision.

The Rev. Deacon Leroy “Buck” Close

The Rev. Deacon Leroy “Buck” Close is the Chair of the Dodwell House Restoration Committee a duly appointed committee of the Vestry of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. The primary mandate of the Dodwell House Restoration Committee is to raise capital and endowment funds in support of the Dodwell House Community Resource Center and its resident programming. A secondary function is to guide and work with architects in the restoration of the facility.

Diana Meyers, Staff Member and Clerk of the Committee

Diana is a fifth generation member of St. Anna’s and after Katrina founded St. Anna’s Mobile Medical Mission and was recognized as a leading figure in Mobile Medical delivery systems. This outreach eventually became a part of Anna’s Place NOLA until it was discontinued in 2018. Diana is married to Mike and they have two adult children and one grandchild. A Registered Nurse, Diana has participated in several academic-community research projects and published/co-authored several academic papers mostly related to mental health post disaster and climate-related resiliency. She is now assisting the ambitious Dodwell Community Resource Center Restoration/Renovation project.