The Illinois Committee is a sub-area of Handbell Musicians of America.
The Illinois Committee officers are:
Central/Southern Illinois Chair – Kendall Ladd is a current member of Bells in Motion in Springfield, IL, and frequently “subs” with Bells of Wesley at Wesley UMC in Bloomington, IL and with Bloomington-Normal Community Bells.
She got her start ringing handbells when she was 10 as an extracurricular activity at her elementary school. Continuing to ring with her school choirs throughout middle school and high school, she eventually got her start ringing with community handbell choirs as a member of Joyful Sound in Indianapolis. She has attended numerous Area 5 festivals as well as National Handbell Seminars where she has started her handbell certification and participated in Distinctly Teen and All-Star Choir. She looks forward to attending more events in Area 8 and becoming more involved with Handbell Musicians of America.
Kendall currently lives in Normal, IL where she is working on her Master of Science degree in Quantitative Psychology at Illinois State University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology from Butler University. Her non-handbell hobbies include yoga, traveling, listening to music, reading, and binge-watching Netflix.
Secretary – Beth McFarland
Registrar – Kristin Kalitowski
Events – Sharon Schmidt
Music Librarian – Beth McFarland
Handbell Services Rep – Debi Robey
Handchime Loan Program Coordinator – Patti Mangis
Handchime Loan Program Mentor – Diane Oster
Food Coordinator – Anna Piro
Western IL Rep – Don Wood