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Degas House
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70119, USA
(504) 821-5009 + 800-755-6730
(504) 821-0870 fax

Meet Our Staff at Degas House

From the moment you call or email Degas House, you become important to us. When you check into our bed and breakfast, we are happy to have you in our home, for Degas House is and always was a home, and we love having guests. When you are our bed and breakfast guests, you will receive the level of hospitality service you desire from our professional staff. We allow you the privacy you want but are here for you if you need us. Whether at Degas House for a romantic getaway or to attend an event or festival, we are here to be of service to you, but not intrude on your stay. From a glass of wine offered at check-in until a hope-to-see-you-again departure, our desire is for your Degas House experience to exceed your expectations.

Our wedding staff is confident that we can offer you an exquisite wedding with cherished memories based on the awards we have received from TheKnot.com and many great wedding reviews. Our awards and reviews are based on the level of service that we have given to brides that have been married here.

Our tour guides for the Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour have a personal interest in the information they share with our guests - they are part of Edgar Degas' family, the great-grand nieces of Edgar Degas.  They may also share some of their personal stories of growing up in the family.  It just doesn't get any more personal than that. Our event staff will help facilitate the successful event you want to create at Degas House and corporate clients will appreciate our professionalism.

We are happy to introduce ourselves to you so that you will have a face along with a name when you contact us.

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DAVID VILLARRUBIA

Chevalier / Founder of Degas House

David, a former International Pilot for Delta Airlines, is the Chevalier and Founder of Degas House. Skills developed during his years of flying, such as teamwork and good communication, along with his appreciation of a unique travel experience for the most savvy and educated traveler, led him to restore and open Degas House to the public. His passion for the grand houses of New Orleans stemmed from having lived on historical Esplanade Avenue as a child in his ancestral maternal family’s home, only blocks from Degas House.
David enjoys flying, travel, music, history and European beers.

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SHARON PARKER

Wedding and Event Manager

In Sharon’s younger years, she learned the food and beverage business at the historic Brunings Restaurant on the West End of New Orleans (destroyed by Katrina). Her background led her to Degas House 17 years ago in the earliest years of Degas House. In her time at Degas House, Sharon has served in many different roles but the one she enjoys the most is working with the brides and their families and our guests at breakfast in the B&B. During Sharon’s time here at Degas House, she has orchestrated and managed hundreds of weddings, to the delight of our many returning families. The mother of three adult boys, Sharon inspired two of them to enter into the culinary world themselves who, on occasion, assist her for the many events held at Degas House. In the weeks and months after Hurricane Katrina, it was through Sharon’s efforts, working alongside David, that permitted many of the FEMA Historic Preservation Team, as well as evacuees, to have a place to stay with food and drink while living in a disaster area.
Sharon’s hobbies include sewing, cooking and her expressed love of children.

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JOANIE PRADOS

Great Grand-Niece of Edgar Degas
Tour Guide, Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

2014 marks 11 years that we have been blessed with Joanie’s involvement with the Degas House team. Prior to working for Degas House, Joanie was a New Orleans City Tour Guide. Joanie also taught in elementary school for several years, which included two years of teaching at Worms Elementary School in Germany, an Army school for dependents. Her background as a tour guide and teacher has well-prepared her as our lead tour guide to showcase her family history and ancestral home.
Joanie likes running, reading and sailing.

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MICEY MOYER

Great Grand-Niece of Edgar Degas
Tour Guide, Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

EMAIL: miceymoyer@yahoo.com

Prior to working at Degas House, Micey owned an antique and gift store called Melange which was located first in New Orleans, then in Metairie. She was also a real estate agent, worked for an oil company and a law firm. Her employment in those occupations provided her with good communication skills.
Micey is an artist and paints on canvases, enjoys restoring furniture, and makes floral arrangements for Degas House weddings and events.

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MAE MAYEUX

Social Media Coordinator

EMAIL:  eventmarketing@degashouse.com

Mae previously worked in the legal field as a secretary and paralegal and was General Manager, Innkeeper and Wedding Coordinator of The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast. Mae owns TouchofCajun.com, an online art website, and TC Internet Marketing, a social media marketing business. Working in these industries requires creative thinking and good writing and computer skills, which prepared Mae for her employment as Social Media Coordinator of Degas House.
In her spare time, Mae likes to draw, paint, sew, as well as make arts and crafts.

  • Rachel

RACHEL COLLIER

Director of Tours Sales and Marketing

EMAIL:  tours@degashouse.com

Rachel worked as General Manager of New Orleans TV prior to her employment with Degas House. Her 18 years of work in the hospitality industry in New Orleans prepared her for her Sales and Marketing position of the Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour, as well as other programs at Degas House.
Rachel’s hobbies are baking, energy healer worker and Reiki angel healer.

  • Paige

PAIGE TORRES

Degas House Bed and Breakfast Manager and Innkeeper

EMAIL:  info@degashouse.com

Paige formerly owned Nola Moda, a clothing store in Metairie, La. The customer service and professionalism required to run her own business prepared her well for the work she does today for Degas House, as Paige is the first person our guests come into contact with when they come to Degas House.
Paige’s hobbies are sewing, jogging and traveling.

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Eva Evans

Wedding Coordinator

Email: events@degashouse.com

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CINDY DENNEY

Event Sales

EMAIL:  eventsales@degashouse.com

Cindy’s employment prior to Degas House was as public relations and event director for Jose Cuervo International which fostered customer satisfaction, creativity and bringing an experience to life, attributes she uses at Degas House.
Cindy's hobbies are reading, cooking and traveling.

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Rose Montross

Breakfast Cook

Rose is our Breakfast Cook and greets guests each morning with her friendly smile and disposition, then takes their orders for a delicious Creole breakfast. Rose formerly worked for a school district in Texas for 7 years as their main cook. After spending some time in Lake Charles, she moved to New Orleans and joined the Degas House staff. She mostly enjoys interacting with the guests and “filling their bellies”.

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DANETA STEWART

Tour Guide, Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

Prior to working at Degas House, Daneta took a tour guide class at Delgado in New Orleans and became a Certified Tour Guide. In addition to being a Tour Guide at Degas House, she does research for genealogical studies.
Daneta’s hobbies are historical research, sailing and traveling.