Our Minister and Staff
Ministry & Programs
Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Minister
Rev. Katie roots her ministry in relationships, and in the belief that each person is inherently good and worthy of love. She is a passionate activist who believes in centering the voices of historically marginalized communities in justice work and advocates for applying an intersectional lens as we work towards co-creating a just world for all.
Prior to being called to All Souls Indy, Rev. Katie served Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in the DC Metro as an Associate Minister. Before entering professional ministry, she served as a lay campus minister at Florida Gulf Coast University, had a rich career as a nurse, and worked as the co-owner of a marketing and public relations company. She has a background in coaching and hypnosis, too. Crafting our monthly video meditations is a passion of hers.
Rev. Katie is a 2017 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. She serves as a Civil Air Patrol Chaplain with an emphasis on providing emergency/disaster ministry. She serves as a member of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the UU Trauma Response Ministry and she has worked with the Sophia Lyon Fahs Educational Collaborative in developing multi-faith, multicultural curriculum. She is a co-author of the book, Class Action: The Struggle with Classism in Unitarian Universalism and has been a contributor to the blog Braver/Wiser.
Rev. Katie hails from a very loving, incredibly boisterous, multiracial family. One of her grandparents came to the US from Argentina, and while she identifies culturally as Latina and Italian, she reports that her biological roots trace to the Mediterranean, Middle-East, Africa and India. Her mother’s family spoke Spanish, Italian and English mostly at the same time. The result is that she speaks some Spanish, a tiny bit of Italian and a whole lot of English with a New York accent. She lives in Indy with her husband Sean and her dog Dale (which means “go ahead” in Spanish). Her two adult children live in the DC Metro area and she visits with them often. Rev. Katie loves to unwind at the gym, on the dance floor, eating at a favorite vegan restaurant, reading or writing a book, or creating a meal or baked treat for loved ones.
To schedule an appointment with Rev. Katie online visit: http://www.calendly.com/revkrg
Elizabeth Valencia, Community Minister Liason
Elizabeth Valencia is the Intern Minister at All Souls until June 2022. She is born to Mexican parents, and was raised in California. She is a Muslim who converted from Catholicism in 2001. She brings with her into this work a diverse spiritual history and deep passion for doing justice in the world.
Sarah Cannon, Director of Children’s and Community Programming
Sarah has twenty years of experience teaching children of all ages, both in and out of UU RE programs. She has been volunteering with Unitarian Universalist youth empowerment programs since 2013. Sarah is chaplain trained. She has spent the last three years serving as an adult advisor on the Heartland Area Youth Council and as a staff member at Youth Midwest Leadership School.
Sarah has lived in many different parts of the United States over her lifetime, and has been UU since her college years. She is passionately committed to youth empowerment and social justice, particularly issues of environmental justice and sustainability. She received her B.S. of Ed. From Ohio University. When she’s not working, she can be found gardening, knitting, and most of all reading.
Nasreen Khan, Communications and Programs Coordinator
Nasreen grew up overseas in Senegal and Indonesia and landed in Indianapolis by way of the New York City area, where she lived for seven years. She has a Masters in English, and has done a little of everything from teaching college English classes, to chopping vegetables in restaurant kitchens. After teaching college Writing for 6 years she transitioned into non-profit work. She is also the mother of a six year old imp. Nasreen is an active writer and poet in the Indianapolis arts scene, a passionate gardener, an off-key singer, a zany art teacher, and a hopeless housekeeper. In her downtime, she tries to hike as much as possible, read as much as possible, and cook, eat, laugh and love as much as possible.
Gabe Perkins-Barbieri, Director of Music
Gabe Perkins-Barbieri is a classically trained musician who found his calling in education and church life. His formal training started during his teenage years, while studying in Universities and Seminaries in Brazil. Currently he is working on his Masters degree in Piano Performance at Butler University.Diversity is key to describe Gabe. He is Italian-Brazilian and had most of his studies in Brazil, which allows him to have a dierent perspective on music and culture, and education. Prior to All Souls, Gabe worked as Music Director at Zionsville Christian Church, where he had the opportunity to lead the first ever ZCC Concert Series. Outside the position of Music Direct at All Souls, Gabe works for Butler Community Arts School as a teaching Fellow.Gabe lives in Indianapolis with his husband Matt and their 4 fur babies, and enjoys training his service dog in his spare time.
Operations & Administration
Nancy Baney, Financial Administrator
Nancy is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Business Education. She has taught high school business classes, worked as a contract bookkeeper for several businesses including the former Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and was employed for 27 years by a local accounting firm. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking in the woods, bird watching, and sewing.
Sarah Brown, Office Administrator
Sarah Brown, comes to All Souls from a background in hands-on trades, which taught her a wide variety of skills in building and office management. She is rooted in a practice of perseverance and determination. Sarah has a strong background in leading others, making and writing out procedures, and making content to train others. She has one daughter who is 13, loves animals of all kinds, being in nature, learning new things, making new friends, and visiting new places.