Carlene is a native of Southern California. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received both her Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School. Before joining the team, Carlene lived and worked in Cusco, Peru, taught at Central High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and most recently served as Teaching Minister at First Congregational Church in Ridgefield, Connecticut. There her focus was religious education. She joined the Saint Thomas More pastoral team in the fall of 2016.