About All Souls
MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to cultivate inner peace and inspire connection with Divine Source.
We envision a just, peaceful, and loving world, respectful of difference and united by common humanity, in which people live purposeful lives in harmony with one another, other creatures, and the Earth itself.
Our journey together began on April 11, 1999. At that time the pattern for our Sunday Music & Spirit Service began to unfold. Music plays a major role in our Sunday service because we believe that it provides a special spiritual connection. Along with music, the services combine spiritual readings and reflections on world issues and personal values, as well as Christian, Jewish, Islam, Buddhists, Hindu, Taoist and Native American beliefs and sacred texts.
Lead Pastor: Rev. Dr. Don Chatfield
Minister of Service Coordination: Rev. Kim Marie Glynn
Music Director: Ronnie Romano
Office Manager: Tammy Saltus
Pastor Emerita: Rev. Mary S. Abele
Board of Directors
Lell Forehand, Board Co-Chair | Lell holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in School Psychology and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Georgia. She began her work life as an elementary and kindergarten teacher, transitioning to become the lead psychologist for a school system in Georgia. After living in a variety of areas including Alabama, Oregon, Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii and New Zealand, Lell moved to Vermont where she joined the All Souls community in 2008. She served on the All Souls board in 2011 and became Board co-chair in 2017. Lell’s focus has been on preserving the vision and mission of All Souls created by Mary Abele. Lell enjoys riding her motor scooter with her husband Rex, reading, playing bridge, and exploring Vermont.
Marty Costello, Board Co-Chair | Marty earned his bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University and holds an MBA in Finance from American University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Seminary where he studied for six years. Marty spent over 25 years in commercial and corporate banking, specializing in corporate lending portfolio management as well as financial analysis and management. Marty has been a member of All Souls since 2013, participating in Rev. Mary Abele’s Intern Program, serving on the board in 2017 and finally as board co-chair in 2017. Marty enjoys golfing, fishing and camping with his wife Karen, as well as exploring the unfolding interfaith spiritual path.
John Howe, Treasurer | John completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont having done his first two years of undergraduate work at Goddard College. He also holds a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Northern Vermont University. John has worked in various capacities for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation since 1997, and most recently as the Division’s Human Resource Manager. He has been a trustee for the Vermont State Employee Association and an officer for the Charlotte Rescue as an EMT. John first came to All Souls by attending the Sunday morning meditation circle and progressed to join the Board during the summer of 2017 as Treasurer. John and his wife Mary Lou reside in Charlotte where they enjoy walks, runs, and snowshoe hikes.
Rev. Barbara Benton, Secretary | Barbara began her work life in the Air Force as a Jet Mechanic and Crew Chief. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and worked for 13 years as a safety professional at the University of Vermont. Barbara holds a master’s degree in counseling from Antioch New England University and is a licensed counselor, most recently serving in private practice. Barbara became a meditation leader at All Souls in 2014 and she was ordained as an interfaith minister in 2017. She joined the board in 2017 and became the board secretary in 2019. Barbara is married to Gary De Carolis and she enjoys meditation, writing, oil pastel artwork, hiking, and travel. She has hiked all 67 mountains over 4000’ in New England.
Nina Regan, Vice Chair | Nina earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and master’s degree from American University. She has also completed executive education and organizational leadership programs at the Kellogg School of Management, the Wharton School, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. After a long and distinguished career as a senior executive in the federal government, Nina is now a certified Integral Coach whose practice is focused on helping those on the forefront of social change access their full potential. Nina also serves on the board of the Shelburne Food Shelf. Nina began attending All Souls in 2019, actively contributed to the development of Blueprint 2020, and joined the board in 2020. She lives in Charlotte with her husband Bill and enjoys volunteering, meditation, reading, physical fitness, and fine food.
Martha Wales | Martha studied philosophy, psychology and business at the University of Rhode Island earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Relocating to Vermont in the late 1980s, she began work at the University of Vermont doing financial analysis and budgeting for the various colleges. In the early 2000s, Martha studied Mental Health Counseling while continuing her work in software development and information technologies at the University. Her All Souls relationship began with Sunday Morning Meditation in 2010 and has grown by way of the Our Search for Meaning Group. Martha enjoys paddling her canoe, Nordic skiing and spending time at her cabin in the woods with family and friends.