Illinois Contact

The Illinois Committee is a sub-area of Handbell Musicians of America.

The Illinois Committee officers are:

Chicago Area Chair Kirsten Hendrickson is a current member of the Agape Ringers in Chicago, IL, and Bells In Motion in Springfield, IL. She began ringing at age 11 when she was asked to sub at a friend’s church and has been ringing ever since!

As a member of the Agape Ringers and Bells In Motion, Kirsten has performed and taught at Area festivals. She to eventually attend events in all of the areas!

Kirsten has a BA in Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology from Drake University. After working for a number of years as the manager of a medical clinic, Kirsten went back to school and is now pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing degree. She is currently living in Chicago, IL, where in her spare time she can be found reading non-textbooks while lying on the couch with her cat.

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

Western IL Rep – Don Wood