Zana Kizzee – Candidate for President Elect


Ms. Zana Kizzee has 30+ years of handbell ringing with progressive teaching, conducting, directing, and clinician experience, as well as Area 3 Board leadership experience.

She earned a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, Denton, Texas.  She studied advanced Massed Ensemble Conducting with Dr. William Payn.  She also holds a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University.

Ms. Kizzee was the founding music director and conductor of Virginia Bronze during its first year (2005-2006). Virginia Bronze is the premier advanced auditioned community handbell ensemble in Northern, Virginia.

Music teaching and performing are Ms. Kizzee’s passions.  Handbells, vocal and piano pedagogy, and church music ministry are her means of expressing her music passions.

Ms. Kizzee served in the U.S. Navy and, in January 2016, retired from federal government civilian service, working as a human resources specialist for the U.S. Army at the Pentagon.

Ms. Kizzee was Ordained into Church Ministry on July 31, 2016, and on August 1, 2016, assumed the position of part time Minister of Music at Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia.  She also teaches private music, voice, and piano lessons in her home studio. Ms. Kizzee is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Area 3 Handbell Musicians of America.

What is your vision for Handbell Musicians of America?

My Handbell Musicians of America Vision:

Appropriate oversight of our precious tangible and intangible resources with integrity as our guiding principle.

My Vision for Guiding the Board and Assessing Membership Needs:

The president-elect should guide the board of directors towards maintaining an eagle-eye-macro-awareness of our HMA membership needs to include individual ringers, churches, schools, community groups, composers, educators, and innovators. This strategic awareness comes from tapping into our fine regional leadership of local governing bodies who are empowered to sense, assess, and communicate their unique regional requirements to our board of directors.

The president-elect should guide the board of directors to also maintain a strategic awareness and interface with our other musical arts industry trend setters, and build vital bridges to our generous clientele made up of appreciative audiences and benefactors.

My Vision for refining Governance Policies:

The president-elect should guide the board of directors to perform routine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analyses on all strategic governance policies and issues confronting our HMA present and future creative, financial, legal, branding, and human resource goals.

Additionally, what expertise and experience will you bring to the Handbell Musicians of America board of directors?

Education –

Master of Church Music Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas;

Master of Science in Human Resources (HR) Management, Central Michigan University, Arlington, Virginia Campus;

Bachelor of Music Education, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas.

U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve – 21 years – progressive administration and senior enlisted command strategic leadership in human resources (HR) management.

CIA – Central Intelligence Agency – 8 years – Intelligence administration; agency level liaison rep (CIA rep to State Department on HR compensation issues; CIA rep to DoD Pentagon on Balkans Task Force); human resource specialist and Strategic HR policy writer/researcher.

Civilian Positions – 17 years – Human resource specialist for the Department of the Army, Pentagon; Government Contractor Strategic Policy writer; human resources director for a government contractor company.

Music Educator – 15 years – Public school music teacher; private voice and piano teacher in home music studio business;

Church Music Positions – Presently, ordained minister of music at Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Over the past 30 years, I’ve held volunteer music ministry positions in many churches.

Please refer to my bio for additional HMA-focused leadership, directing, and teaching experiences.