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!

Ministerial Intern

Ann Kadlecek

Greetings From Your New Ministerial Intern!

I’m eager to begin my internship with you which will run half-time, September 2019 through May 2021. During our time together, I’ll be learning while preaching, providing pastoral care, participating in leadership activities, and supporting your social justice efforts. I’m grateful for the part that all of you will play in my formation as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Thank you!

My path to ministry started about 20 years ago as an increasingly involved church volunteer. I then become a religious educator, earned credentialed status, and served three different congregations over eight years as I discerned a call to ministry and gravitated toward interim work. I’m currently a student at Yale Divinity School and a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry.

Professionally, I’ve also been a molecular biologist, a patent attorney, and a middle school science teacher. I have two sons in their twenties, David and Michael, and two dogs. Maia is a hound mix and Pedro is a street dog from Mexico who recently retired from therapy dog work. We live on the shoreline now; you might see us around on hiking trails or beaches as we enjoy the beauty of this area.

I’m looking forward to sharing this transitional time with you and getting to know each of you!

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, Finn.  


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.


Audio-Visual Technician

Jesse Edwards

Jesse Edwards joined the All Souls staff in the fall of 2013.  Jesse is the audio-visual technician for our Sunday morning services, managing our projected order of worship, sound board, and assistive listening devices, as well as other technical needs that come up at All Souls. In addition, Jesse has served on the board for Friday Night Folk concerts at All Souls.

Outside his role at All Souls, Jesse is a videographer and photographer. He graduated from Connecticut College in 2015 with a BA in Film Studies. He is also a musician, and has performed with the sea music program at Mystic Seaport Museum.

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.