Senior Minister

Reverend Carolyn Patierno

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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.

Associate Minister

Reverend Caitlin O'Brien

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Reverend Caitlin O’Brien joined the All Souls staff in July 2012. In the 15 years prior to joining our staff, she 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, people facing homelessness, and those ill or dying in hospital and hospice care. Rev. O’Brien works 20 hours a week at All Souls, primarily providing pastoral care and coordinating the efforts of the Caring Team, as well as serving on the Worship Team. She lives in the New Haven area with her spouse and two young children.

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Director of Faith Formation

Perry Montrose

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Perry joined the All Souls staff in August 2018. More information about Perry coming soon!

Office Administrator

Tammy Barber

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Tammy joined the All Souls staff as Office Administrator in December 2017. Tammy brings a wealth of experience having worked in municipal positions in her hometown of Griswold, CT. Check back soon for a little blurb about Tammy. 

Religious Education Administrator

Arlene Stoltz

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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.

Choir Director

Tonya Laymon

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Tonya Laymon joined the All Souls staff in July 2018.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. During her time at Marywood, she sang in University Singers, Jazz Band, and Chamber Singers where she served active roles as librarian, section leader, and student director. Tonya also participated and was a featured soloist in the following performance ensembles: The Robert Dale Chorale, flute ensemble, percussion ensemble, and wind ensemble. She was also the Assistant Director of the Marywood University Children’s Chorus. After college, she worked as a Music Therapist in several juvenile detention centers and state hospitals in both Pennsylvania and Connecticut. While working as a music therapist, Tonya went back to school to earn her certification in music education.

Tonya also earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership at Purdue University and a 6th Year Master of Science degree in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University. Currently and for the past ten years, Tonya teaches high school music at Norwich Free Academy. Under her direction the choir department has tripled in size and all of her choirs have scored superior ratings in various music festivals. She also teaches Beginning, Intermediate/Advanced piano, and three levels of Music Technology. She has previously taught in the Hartford School District, East Haven School District, and the Tolland School District teaching everything from high school/ middle school/ and elementary choir, piano, guitar, to elementary band. She has been involved in the Connecticut Music Educators Association, where she served many years as the Adjudication Chair and served one term as the Eastern Region Director. She has been a guest conductor for numerous High School Music Festivals in Southeastern CT. But mostly importantly she is a proud mother of a teenage daughter who is also proving to be an accomplished musician who plays the French horn and the cello.


Ria Brooks

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Ria Brooks began working as our bookkeeper in December 2018. She lives on a small farm with her husband Jeff and their 3 dogs. Ria has a wonderful family - 4 children and their partners, and 7 awesome grandchildren - college age to preschool age.

Ria likes puttering and gallivanting on her days off.  She likes gardening, animals, outdoor activities, and has a bit of inherited wanderlust!  She and Jeff travel on day trips, short/long weekends and occasional cross country adventures to see family and friends and exploring new places.


Ria looks forward to the free morning and evening shows - sunrises and sunsets and stargazing each day, and has had the opportunity to share these with all her family over the years. The grandkids remind her to look or go outside to see them when they are together.


Bil Groth

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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

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.


Nursery Care Provider

Maridalia Hernandez

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. 


Lizbeth Polo-Smith

Lizbeth joined the All Souls staff in March 2019. Welcome Lizbeth!

Childcare Provider

Nishante Pearson

Nishante Pearson joined the All Souls staff in November 2014.  Nishante works primarily as the teacher’s aide in our PreK-1st grade classroom, and provides childcare services in our nursery and for other congregational meetings and events as needed. 

Sound Technician

Jesse Edwards

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.  

Office Administrator Emerita

Arlene Gundlach

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.