Current Board Members

The Area 1 board members are here to provide organization and direction to advance the musical art of handbell/handchime ringing through education, community, and communication. If you have any Area 1 business, ideas for festivals or workshops or questions about handbells in general we are happy to help in any way we can.  The board members are listed below for ease of contact.  For business related to your state, feel free to contact your state chair.

Executive Committee (Elected Positions)

Chair Carlene Ruesenberg & Jean Degan (Co-Chairs)
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Chair-Elect Open Position
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Past Chair Lisa Arnold
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Secretary Harriet Forman
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Treasurer Lauren Larson
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Appointed Officers

Connecticut State Chair Suzanne Neafus
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Maine State Chair Dana Humphreys
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Massachusetts State Chair Abby Schoppe
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New Hampshire State Chair Kim Whitehead
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Rhode Island State Chair Open Position
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Vermont State Chair Pat Pranger
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Membership Chair
Workshop Coordinator
Susan Schultz
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Education Liaison Kristen Russo
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Standing Committee Chairs + Ex-Officio Positions

Festival/Conference 2022 Chair* Carlene Ruesenberg
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Chime Loaner Program* Jennifer Stack
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Communications Director* Amy Rollins
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Newsletter Editor* Amy Rollins
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Historian/Archivist* Amy Rollins
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Registrar* Susan Schultz
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Scholarships* scholarship.area1@handbellmusicians.org
Webmaster* Peter Larson
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Asterisk (*) indicates that this position is not a voting member of the board of directors. Per by-laws, these positions report to the chair elect, and must be members of the Handbell Musicians of America.