Clergy and Staff
A native of Lancaster, PA, The Rev'd Dr. Anita Louise Schell has for over 36 years served in congregations and schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Vermont and Rhode Island. She holds degrees in music, English literature, and world religions from Brown University, General Seminary and the Episcopal Divinity School, where she wrote her doctorate thesis on the topic of environmental justice. Most recently Anita served for four years as President of RI Interfaith Power & Light. She is a Board Director for the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. She currently serves as the Convener of the Environmental Network of the Episcopal Church in CT. Anita is a member of the Alumni Executive Committee of the General Theological Seminary.
Anita had been the Provisional Priest-in-Charge of Saint Ann’s Parish since August 1, 2019. On January 1, 2022 she became the seventh rector of Saint Ann's Parish.
Anita is the mother of Theo and Rachel and grandmother to Crosby and Quentin. She is married to Stephen MacAusland, a passionate environmentalist, paddler and videographer. Anita is avid about classical, particularly vocal, music, yoga, kayaking and being a vegetarian. Anita and Steve share their household with their adorable dogs, a pointer mix Fergus and a German shorthair pointer labrador Charlotte. They are thrilled to be a part of the community of Saint Ann's Parish and to be living in coastal CT!
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Kathy Rowe, our Parish Administrator and Bookkeeper, is a cradle Episcopalian and has been employed by Saint Ann’s since 1996. Prior to Saint Ann’s, Kathy graduated from Bryant University in Rhone Island, worked in the Sales Department at Turbo Products in Ivoryton, Connecticut, and worked part-time at Scholes Insurance Agency in Essex, Connecticut. An avid lover of all things small, Kathy is accompanied to work each day by her faithful companion dogs Ember and Zoey. Kathy adores her granddaughter, Sadie, who also attends Saint Ann’s.
A passion of Kathy's is dancing, and she and her husband enjoy an active lifestyle together. Fitness, prayer and good nutrition are major components of a healthy, balanced life, along with the blessing of being a member of the Saint Ann’s family.
Hector B. Migliacci, our Organist and Choir Director, is a native of Cornwall, CT, and began his service in church music as a fourth grader, playing piano at the Sunday evening church services of his childhood church in Litchfield, CT. While in high school, he became the organist at the Lakeville United Methodist Church and studied piano and organ with Annette Hunt at the Hotchkiss School.
At the Virginia Military Institute, where Hector earned a B.S. in Biology, he was the Cadet Chapel Organist and Glee Club accompanist. He continued studying organ and piano with Timothy Gaylord at Washington & Lee University, and with Marjorie Mitchell in Charlottesville, VA. From 1998 to 2010, Hector was the Director of Music at St. Michael’s Church in Greenwich, CT, where he worked to develop the music ministry, growing the adult choir and adding cherub, chorister and teen choirs to the program. From 2010 to 2013, he was the organist at St. Benedict Church in Bronx, NY; and for the past five years, he has been the organist at Church of the Resurrection in Rye, NY. He is an active resident member of the St. Wilfrid Club for Organists in Manhattan, and a member of the NYC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Hector is a Senior Agency Producer at Avrett Free Ginsberg, one of Interpublic Group’s advertising agencies in New York City. He resides Monday thru Thursday in New York City and is back in Old Lyme with his two young children, Liliana and Noah Migliacci, for the weekends.
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Heather R. Parent, the Manager of our Nearly New Consignment Shop, is a native to CT having grown up in the small town of Middlefield. She graduated from Seton Hall University with an English degree and dove into what would be a lifetime of working in various areas of customer service. She has worked in the insurance industry with Aetna, served as a CT State Trooper, and Investigator while living in CT. Heather’s desire to travel led her to move out West where her love for the outdoors flourished and she met her husband, Mike. She worked as a Property Manager in CO, and most recently co-founded a successful restaurant in Seattle, WA with her brother and husband.
Heather and her husband travelled around the world before starting their family and moving back to their roots in the East. The best adventure of all has been having two small boys, Luke and Myles! They reside in Old Saybrook, CT and enjoy life to the fullest – always with a smile. In her spare time, you’ll find her out in nature, golfing, hiking, biking, running, enjoying music and spending time with her family.
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Maria Purdue, newest Assistant Manager at our Nearly New Shop, formerly of New Jersey and retired to Connecticut in 1990 when she and her husband retired from MetLife. As a child, she and her family spent summers with her aunt and uncle on Sill Lane. The property and pond seemed like paradise and she dreamed that one day she would live in Connecticut.
Maria has 5 children, 2 daughters and a son who followed her and resides in CT, a daughter in New Hampshire and another daughter who still lives in New Jersey. She is blessed with 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Maria has been a volunteer for over 18 years. The shop has been a fun and important part of her life as well as the valued friendships she made over years at the shop and Saint Ann’s Church.
Wendy Shaffer joined the Saint Ann's family in 2018 as the administrator of our Capital Fundraising Campaign and soon after became our Communications Coordinator. Wendy built and maintains Saint Ann's new website which was launched in May of 2018. She also administers our Facebook page.
Wendy grew up in Middletown, CT, earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Rutgers University, and graduated from Yale's School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. During her 23 year career as the Chief Ultrasound Technician in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Wendy also worked as an Adjunct Professor at a local Community College and as an expert witness in legal cases involving prenatal diagnosis. She left that field to pursue other interests. When Wendy isn't editing websites or cat sitting, she is working at Ursel's Web Custom Framing and Gift Shop in Middletown, CT, volunteering at a nearby cat shelter, fixing up her new house, or hanging out with her own cats.
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