National Board of Directors

The Handbell Musicians of America Board of Directors operates under John Carver’s Policy Governance© model and consists of a president, president-elect, and five at-large members.  Each member serves the board for a total of six years.  Elections occur every three years so that member terms are rotated.

P.L. Grove, President

For nearly 39 years, Pamela “P.L.” Grove has been at the fore­front of handbell artistry in Amer­ica. As a founding ringer with the critically acclaimed Sonos Hand­bell Ensemble, her more notable performances included those with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Kronos Quartet, Frederica von Stade, and twice on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Com­panion. She is currently artistic director for Velocity Handbell Ensemble, and she has directed several church handbell choirs over the years. She continues as a pioneer in the art of hand­bell musicianship, and she is one of only a few people ever to receive a degree in handbell performance. While P.L. makes her living working for the government, she prefers to spend her time playing piano, singing, composing music, and ringing handbells.

Jill Fedon, President-Elect

Jill Fedon began ringing handbells in 1985 in Hackettstown, New Jersey. She received her B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Church Music from Concordia University Wisconsin. Jill is director of handbells at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the very church where she first learned to ring handbells. She conducts four handbell choirs, two adult and two youth. Recently, her high school choir the Trinity Ringers, performed at Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney World. Jill teaches Early Childhood Music and Lower School Computers at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey, where she is also the Related Arts Team Leader. Jill is currently chair of Area 2 and is a published handbell composer and arranger.  She lives in northwest New Jersey with her husband, Ryan and seven year old son, Ben who loves ringing handchimes and can’t wait to join mom’s handbell choir next year.

Bill Mathis

Bill is an active conductor and clinician in both the choral and handbell fields. He is the founder and music director of the Twin Cities ensemble Bells of the Lakes, Artistic Director of Hennepin Chime and Chorus Polaris, and co-conductor of StreetSong MN.

Bill has served the Handbell Musicians of America in several capacities, generally involving music or teaching, and as an Area and national officer. As a festival conductor and workshop clinician, he leads local, Area, and national HMA events, giving special emphasis to teaching rehearsal technique, musicianship, and bells in worship.

His compositions are found in the catalogs of 15 publishers, including the Choristers Guild resource After the Prelude.

Linda Minnotte

Linda Minnotte lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she began ringing in high school. In 1985, she founded and directed the first adult handbell team, Chapel Bells, at Mt. Lebanon UMC. A work situation forced her to stop directing but she was able to embrace ringing again. She has been privileged to attend Distinctly Bronze since 2005, the 2008 International Symposium, numerous National Seminars, Pinnacle, Area 2 events, Master Classes with William Payn and David Harris, and a member of several All Star Choirs. She is a founding member and board president of Three Rivers Ringers. Linda also rings in two handbell ensembles at Mt. Lebanon UMC where she sings in the choir and is lay leader.

She worked for 25 years as a music and recreation therapist(retired) and is the owner of LDM Embroidery (HIC member). Her business currently provides the custom embroidery for Distinctly Bronze and Handbell Musicians of America. Currently, she is employed full time in a family-owned hardware store where she has seven jobs.

She has been married to Rick for 40 years and has one daughter, Kim, who lives with her husband in Norman, Oklahoma, where she teaches 1st grade.

Derek Nance

After playing bells all through high school and college, Derek Nance now rings bells with two groups, Tintabulations in Reno, Nevada, and Sonos in San Fran­cisco, California. He also runs the Handbell Brothers’ Blog with the help of his brother, Bryce. In the world outside of handbells, Derek’s undergraduate degree is in business management, his master’s degree is in education administration, and he has a decade’s worth of experience running Boy Scout camps.

Jennifer Vangolen

Jennifer was introduced to hand­bells over 34 years ago in Hackett­stown, New Jersey, and has been fortunate enough to ring in the White House, perform in French cathedrals, and represent the United States in front of ringers from around the world. She is the current Washington state chair for Area 10, and she also serves as president of Bells of the Sound, an auditioned Seattle community handbell ensemble, in which she has been a ringing member since 2000. Recently Jennifer began to develop a handbell program for youth and adults at Fairwood Com­munity United Methodist Church in Renton, Washington. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and works as a busi­ness analyst in software development at Ellucian Company LP, designing degree auditing and advising software for colleges and universities.

Kyle Webber

Kyle Webber currently serves as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. There he leads a comprehensive music ministry consisting of ensembles from children through adult in addition to managing a substantial music and arts series.  Prior to coming to Nardin Park, Kyle served as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, FL and for nine years as Music Director and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Chelsea, Michigan. In Chelsea, he built a music ministry consisting of five handbell choirs, vocal choir, kids choir, praise band, instrumental ensemble, and a concert series. Also in Chelsea, Kyle initiated and organized an annual concert tour for the advanced youth handbell choir, The Accidentals. This ensemble traveled to Florida, Toronto (Canada), and Charleston, South Carolina. Kyle has been involved in handbells for over 15 years and is currently a member of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble, a community ensemble based in the Detroit, MI area.  Kyle has served on the Area 5 board as treasurer/registrar, has been a clinician at Area 5 workshops, was instrumental in developing the Area 5 Associate Conductor program and transitioned the area to online registration. Kyle co-founded the Eaton Rapids Handbell Festival (Michigan) with Brenda Austin in 2011, where he also serves as a conductor/clinician. Kyle is married to his wife Jocelyn and has three young children.