The Rev. Dr. Anita Louise Schell, Class of 1983 and a member of our Alumni Executive Committee, has been called to serve as Provisional Priest-in-Charge for Saint Ann's Parish, Old Lyme, CT. Since 2010 she has served as the Rector of Emmanuel Church in Newport, RI.
A native of Lancaster, PA, Schell has for over 35 years served in congregations and schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Vermont and Rhode Island. She also holds degrees in music, English literature, and world religions from Brown University and the Episcopal Divinity School, where she wrote her doctorate thesis on the topic of environmental justice.
Most recently Schell served for four years as President of RI Interfaith Power & Light and in various positions in the Diocese of Rhode Island. She is a Board Director for the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence and a member of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.
She 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.