2015 Roster:

Shirley Lindberg | Anne Barnard | Katie Harris
Erin Hersey | Rebekah Lacy | Elliot Lewis
Jillian Lewis | Wendy McPhetres | Amy Neer
Robin Pentland | Phyllis Rowland | Lyn Tober
Jennifer Vangolen | Bryant Wilkie | Vanessa Wilkie

Photos courtesy of Selenea Photo Art

Shirley Lindberg hails from the Boise, Idaho area although has lived in Seattle long enough to feel like a true Seattleite. She works for an international law firm, Perkins Coie LLP, which is headquartered in Seattle. Shirley is active at Tibbetts United Methodist Church where she directs the handbell choirs, and performs regularly as a piano accompanist and soloist. Shirley, husband Myron and son David, also gifted musicians, live in West Seattle.

Anne Barnard is an enthusiastic newcomer to Seattle and Bells of the Sound. She grew up in central Massachusetts, recently completed her last year at UMass Medical School, and is hoping to match into a Seattle Family Medicine residency program for post-graduate training. Anne loved music from a young age, and was fortunate to discover the world of handbells through her hometown church. She continued ringing with Bucknell University's Rooke Chapel Ringers, the New England Ringers, and is now thrilled to be part of Bells of the Sound. In addition to medicine and handbells, Anne loves to cook, travel, and take advantage of the Pacific Northwest's beautiful outdoors for running, hiking, skiing, and gardening.

Katie Harris moved to Seattle in 2010 after attending Middlebury College in Vermont. She has been ringing since age 10 and also rings and sings at Seattle First United Methodist. Katie is pursuing a Master of Public Administration Degree at the University of Washington, and enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking, and exploring the Northwest. She and husband Jaime are renovating a home in West Seattle.

Erin Hersey grew up in Kent, WA and has a BS in Computer Science from WSU. She is currently the handbell director at Kent United Methodist Church. She enjoys square dancing, hiking, bicycling, gardening, knitting, and weaving. Erin plans to ride the STP (Seattle to Portland) and RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver, and Party) this summer.

Rebekah Lacy grew up just outside Louisville, Kentucky, where she studied piano, voice, and organ. She began ringing handbells at age 12, thanks to the youth handbell choir at her home church. Rebekah holds a BA in Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently uses those administrative skills keeping up with an active household and homeschooling her oldest child. Before relocating to Washington in late 2013, Rebekah rang with Music City Bronze, Nashville’s premier community handbell ensemble. She enjoys cooking, reading, crafting, and graphic design. Rebekah lives with her husband and two young daughters in Kirkland.

Elliot Lewis was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Yale University with a BS in Math and Computer Science. A talented singer, Elliot has sung and toured with the Yale Whiffenpoofs and currently sings with The Baudboys, an award-winning a cappella group made up of Microsoft employees and alums. When not working as a development lead at Microsoft, he enjoys tennis, volleyball and softball, and is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Jillian Lewis is from Kent and studied biology at Northwest University. She is proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a member of Bells of the Sound and still rings at Kent First Baptist Church, under her mother’s direction. An all-around all-weather athlete, Jillian loves snowboarding, playing ice hockey and softball, and surfing. She and husband Elliot just became parents to baby Noah, and also have a dog Sadie.

Wendy McPhetres hails from Alaska and graduated from Willamette University with a degree in Music Education and a Masters of Arts of Teaching. A music teacher since 1993, Wendy has taught elementary general music, middle school choir, and currently is the high school choir director at Bremerton High School. Wendy is also the Education Chair for Area 10 of the Handbell Musicians of America. She was thrilled to co-direct the Tins group at the 2014 Area 10 handbell conference. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys downhill skiing and hiking.

Amy Neer grew up in Boise, where she studied piano and violin. She started ringing handbells in junior high at Boise First Congregational Church. Amy is a veterinarian, working in a private practice in Northeast Seattle where she treats cats, dogs, bunnies, and other fuzzy creatures. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two young sons, dog, and cats. She directs the children’s bell choir at Plymouth UCC in downtown Seattle, and also enjoys knitting, hiking, biking, and reading.

Robin Pentland is originally from Mississippi and holds degrees in Church Music and Musicology. She is a Compensation and Benefits HR professional by day, but really only does that to support this music hobby. She enjoys singing with Choir of the Sound and actively participating in the vibrant music ministry at Bothell United Methodist Church. Robin and husband Ken have two cats, Sophie and Mr. Tux, who howl and nip at their peoples’ toes if they are not fed by 6am. They're too cute to kick to the streets.

Phyllis Rowland grew up across the US and in Norway as an Air Force brat. Not content to stay in California after high school, Phyllis joined the Air Force herself, and spent half of her career overseas in Okinawa, the Philippines, the Azores and Spain. She holds an MA in Human Resource Management and currently works in HR for local non-profit Wellspring Family Services. She enjoys dancing (salsa, kizomba/zouk), watching "futbol" - she's a season ticket holder with Sounders FC - and traveling.

Lyn Tober was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and currently works for the Northwest Clean Air Agency in Mount Vernon. Lyn is fond of international travel (she’s visited 17 countries), and enjoys playing tennis and dancing. She’s also a great baker, spoiling the group with many delicious treats.

Jennifer Vangolen was born and raised in New Jersey and holds a BA in Chemistry from Brandeis University. She is currently a Business Analyst in software development for Ellucian on Vashon Island and is a Member At Large on the National Board for the Handbell Musicians of America. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing with her kitty, Maaike, and hiking, biking and skiing any chance she gets - especially in Whistler, BC.

Bryant Wilkie is a native Seattleite and is currently the handbell director at St Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration and (we love this part) also from South Seattle Community College with a degree in the culinary arts. In his spare time he enjoys lapidary, working with stained glass, and cycling and hiking the Pacific Northwest’s hills and mountains.

Vanessa Wilkie hails from Queens, NY, and recently graduated from Bastyr University with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is completing her residency at Holistic Health Clinic in Tacoma. Vanessa also has a BA in Music/Piano Performance. She and husband Bryant have three cats – Midnight, Milkshake and Fatty (who hopefully doesn’t object to her name). Vanessa is an amazingly talented knitter and busy scrapbooker. She is an amazingly talented knitter and busy scrap-booker for the group.

Bells of the Sound
PO Box 46606
Seattle, WA 98146