Staff Directory

Staff and Clergy

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

The Rev. Donald Owens, Interim Rector

The Rev. Donald P. Owens, Jr. Ph.D., joined St. Anna's from his retirement on August 1st as Interim Priest. Fr. Don and Barbara, his wife of 57 years, have four children. He holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. From 1975 - 2000, Fr. Don served as interim of several parishes in Oklahoma before moving to New Orleans, where he became Priest-in-Charge of St. Timothy's in La Place, LA. Fr. Don's primary ministry has been in the Ministry in Higher Education and has served on Diocesan, Provincial, and National levels of Ministry in Higher Education committees and leadership positions. He was Chaplain to the Tulane University School of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, and the James A. Knight, M.D., Chair of Humanities and Ethics in Medicine.

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. He was ordained Deacon in the Church in 2021 and has his primary focus outreach to the LGBTQ+ community.

The 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 was 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.

The Rev. Deacon Ben Nobles

Ben has served people living HIV for 33 years in many capacities, on Community Planning Groups and including serving as a State wide board with State both Region 8 Health Department and Region 1. Joining St. Anna's in 2022, he now heads the outreached to the unhoused.

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.

Anna’s Place NOLA

All Anna’s Place staff may be reached by calling (504) 372-4316

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, Arts & Community Engagement Coordinator

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.

Kristie Eugene, Anna's Place Coordinator

Kristie was born in the 7th Ward and grew up in Tremé where she graduated from McDonough 35. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, a Masters Degree in Organizational Management, and a graduate certificate in Human Resources Management. Kristie worked in for the Clerk of Court as a Deputy Clerk – Special Projects. She organized, led, and executed company projects.