The Reverend Carolyn Patierno has served All Souls since 2001. This call is her first having graduated from the Pacific School of Religion that same year. In the course of her tenure, the congregation has experienced a range of transitions including buying, renovating, and then settling into a new home, hosting and sharing space with a local non-profit that serves homeless men and women, staffing for growth and transitions, and an ever evolving congregation. All of these keep congregational life interesting and dynamic!
Prior to seminary, Reverend Carolyn was an HIV prevention & sexuality educator. This work meant traveling throughout the United States and abroad as a trainer and health advocate. Previous experiences that also influence her ministry include having been an actor and preschool teacher. She was raised Roman Catholic and found Unitarian Universalism as a college student in 1981.
Within our walls Reverend Carolyn has a particular commitment to children and youth and their spiritual and religious exploration. She leads the Coming of Age program and each week during the service shares the Story for All Ages. As well, she takes very seriously the connection between a faithful life and one that is dedicated to the creation of a more just world. Beyond our walls she serves as a founding Board member of the New London Homeless Hospitality Center as well as other ministries dedicated to creating peace.
And she likes to have fun, celebrate, to pay attention and reflect on all that is our lives. Worship engages all of these commitments and Sunday mornings is Reverend Carolyn’s favorite time of the week.
With all of the congregation, she looks forward to welcoming you to All Souls.
You can contact Reverend Carolyn by clicking on the email icon above her photograph.
Reverend Caitlin O’Brien joined the All Souls staff in July 2012. Prior to joining our staff, Rev. O’Brien worked as a community-based Unitarian Universalist minister, with a background in advocacy and human services settings with both adults and children. For the last 15 years she has served in direct care and management roles in organizations that support the healing, rights and self determination of immigrant laborers, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, homeless individuals, and those ill or dying in hospital and hospice care. Rev. O’Brien was ordained in 2003 and has served as Affiliate Minister to two UU congregations. As Affiliate Minister, she supported the ministry of these churches in a variety of program areas, including worship, social action, pastoral care and religious education. She is married and the mother of two young children.
You can contact Reverend Caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martina joined the All Souls staff as Office Administrator in August, 2016. Prior to joining our staff, Martina founded a self-directed learning center for young people throughout Southeastern Connecticut. During that time she also graduated from Goddard College with a Masters of Arts in Community Education. She has 10 years of experience working in education as an after-school program coordinator, youth organizer, sexual health educator, preschool teacher, and tutor. She is passionately committed to “slow dwelling” – the idea that human life doesn’t have to be busy, busy, busy, and at odds with the natural environment. When Martina is not office administrating she is weeding, canning, cooking, sewing, knitting, and taking 10 minute plunges into the quarry behind her house – weather permitting.
Arlene Stoltz joined the staff of All Souls in November, 2013 as our Religious Education Administrator. Prior to coming to All Souls, Arlene worked in non-profit development for over 15 years assisting behavioral health and developmental disability organizations to meet their missions and goals. She also worked in the field of publishing for several years, and she holds a BA from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She enjoys all things water-related, from swimming and boating, to kayaking and water skiing. Arlene lives in Waterford with her husband Tom, their beloved yellow lab, Ben, and Eli the cat.
Dr. Drew Collins serves as our Choir Director. He joined the All Souls staff in the fall of 2013. Drew is Director of Choral Activities at Central Connecticut State University. He holds degrees in music education and conducting from Concordia College, Boston University, and Cincinnati Conservatory. Additional training includes a Fellowship with Chorus America and masterclasses under four Grammy® nominees. He has conducted all-state choirs, toured domestically and internationally, and headlined in Carnegie Hall. Collins has served as editorial consultant to four publishing companies (two of these as Senior Choral Editor). His own compositions, arrangements, and editions are published widely. Locally, he sings with both Concora and Voce. Drew is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musician's Network. A Minnesota native, Drew lives in Middletown with his wife, son and daughter. For more about Drew, visit www.drewcollins.com.
Ella Agranovich joined the All Souls Staff in October 2008. Prior to this she worked as an Accountant and Full Charge Bookkeeper for local small businesses and non profits. Ella immigrated to Eastern Connecticut from the former USSR in 1991. She holds her bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnical Institute, Minsk USSR. She studied computerized accounting at Ridley-Lowell, New London. She lives in East Lyme with her family and belongs to the Beth El Synagogue in New London.
Bil Groth has been providing music for our Sunday morning worship services and accompanying the Tuesday evening choir rehearsals since 2006. After completing studies in jazz improvisation and composition at the Berklee College of Music, he spent 15 years as a professional musician in Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia before returning to his home state of Connecticut. Bil continues to enjoy motivating and inspiring his piano students and presently performs with four area bands, including his own jazz group.
Gery Elliott has served as organist and accompanist for All Souls since 1976. In addition to sharing his musical talents at All Souls, he is an instrumental music teacher and band director in the public schools of Douglas, MA, having worked there since 1985. Gery is also the summer organist at Weekapaug Chapel in Westerly, RI.
Maridalia joined the All Souls staff in September 2015. She provides nursery care for our littlest ones. Maridalia works full time at Madonna Place, Inc. as a Bilingual Family Support Provider for the Families First Program. She is trained to provide the Ages and Stages Questionnaire assessments for child development as well as conducting family assessments. Maridalia loves working with families and children and loves to read, dance and pretend play with kids. She has provided child care services for her family and friends for the last 15 years as well as other private care babysitting services.
Maylis Yepez began working as our classroom aide in September 2015. Maylis is proud to be a student at the Science and Technology Magnet High School in New London, and is the drum major for the NLHS marching band. Prior to working at All Souls, Maylis provided childcare services for friends and relatives. She is very excited to be working with the young members of the congregation.
German joined the All Souls staff in August 2016. He has seven years of cleaning experience. While a student at New London High School, German was the captain of the Gay Straight Alliance. Beginning in October, German will be studying Accounting.
Jesse Edwards joined the All Souls staff in the fall of 2013. Jesse is the sound technician for our Sunday morning services, managing our sound board, microphones, and assistive listening devices. He is a recent graduate from Connecticut College majoring in film studies and is a local musician who performs regularly at the Mystic Seaport. He can also be found helping out with sound for our Friday Night Folk concerts.
Arlene Gundlach joined the All Souls New London Staff in June, 2003. She came to her position after more than 16 years experience in office administration at a Lutheran church in White Plains, New York. She is the spouse of an American Baptist Minister, now retired, and served with him for over 40 years in churches in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. She has four grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys singing and is a member of the All Souls Choir.
Arlene retired from her position as Office Administrator at the end of December, 2014.