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2018 Area 12 Elections

Bylaws Revisions

Area 12 has been hard at work updating and improving the bylaws we use to run this organization. You can review details about the changes and both old and new versions below.

Current Bylaws

Updated Bylaws

Revision Details

Chair-Elect

Becky Yoza Kendra Scott

Becky is co-founder of Honolulu Bronze, a community-based handbell ensemble. She started ringing handbells at age 5 in church, and since that time, has rung in many church groups in five states as well as in several non-profit, auditioned community handbell choirs. Becky has also performed solos, duets, and ensembles in multiple churches on Oahu and the mainland. She enjoys teaching and sharing her handbell passion with the church bell choir she directs.

In “real” life, Becky works as a Nurse Practitioner and a lecturer of nursing at Hawaii Pacific University. Prior to becoming a nurse, Becky was a Clinical Data Manager for a Contract Research Organization where she managed data and projects for large clinical trials of popular pharmaceuticals. As a department head, she was responsible for leading the direction of the Clinical Data Management department including developing standard operating procedures and reorganizing the work flow focusing on process and quality improvement. While working as a Health Care Provider in her clinic, Becky oversees clinical operations directing the clinical and front desk staff.

Becky’s leadership style is based on relationship/consensus building and strategic planning. She is excited for the opportunity to become more involved in Area 12. Her goals are increasing membership and growing the access of handbells to the larger community not limited to the church community.

Kendra currently serves on the Area 12 board as the Bay Area Regional Coordinator and directs Bay Bells community ensemble in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches middle school choir, orchestra, and handbells and brings her students to the Bay Area School Handbell Festival every year. As of August 2018, Kendra has earned an M.A. in Music Education from San Jose State University.

She has 20+ years of ringing experience and 10+ years directing. She has attended multiple festival conferences in Area 1 and Area 12, as well as Distinctly Bronze and the International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver in 2016. She is well-versed in arranging music to fit ensembles with mixed abilities.

Kendra is committed to the education and development of new and advancing ringers of all ages in Area 12, and as Chair-elect, hopes to support the Area 12 handbell community in developing quality workshops and conferences to meet the various needs of our members.

Secretary

Gail Berg Michele Meenk

Gail has been involved with bells for more than four decades, primarily as a ringer, but she has also done stints as director for a few Bay Area churches (Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian). She has rung in more than six states and Indonesia, and is currently ringing with a Lutheran church choir a mile from her home.

Gail previously served the Area 12 board as the first Bay Area Regional Coordinator (1993-94). She was elected as Secretary to the Area 12 board and served two sequential terms (1994-98). Additionally, she volunteered for her HOA board, including elected office, for more than ten years, and has served on family LLC boards in elected positions.

Trained as a software engineer, Gail is now semi-retired, designing/creating beaded jewelry, doing web design, online sales, and driving for Lyft in Las Vegas, NV. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the Area 12 members and board as Secretary.

Michele was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved with her family to Modesto in 2001. She graduated from CSU Stanislaus, majoring in Psychology and is interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Therapy.

She is very involved in music. She was a member of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and was in several musicals in Junior High and High School. She played baritone saxophone in a local community band for many summers and sometimes plays for her former high school’s plays. She has also played piano for a number of years and completed Certificate of Merit level ten, earning her senior medallion.

Michele began playing handbells in elementary school, starting in 1997. She has played with Sonos Handbell Ensemble and the full choir iteration of Velocity. She currently plays with the Opus Handbell Ensemble.

Treasurer

Helena Broadbent Sandy Haynes

Helena is a retired CPA from the state of Nevada. During her career as a CPA, she specialized in taxes and audits of non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Boulder Dam Credit Union and also serves as the chairman of the Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory Committee is responsible for the financial health of the credit union.

Helena live in Boulder City, NV, and has been married for 27 years. She has two adult daughters and one granddaughter. When Helena first went to college, she majored in music, playing violin, viola, and various percussion instruments. She now plays in 2 bell choirs, St. Francis of Assisi and Harmony Handbells, and still plays the viola.She is currently working on completing Level 1 of the Handbell Musicians Certification Program and looks forward to the opportunity to serve Area 12 as Treasurer.

Sandy has been playing handbells since the 6th grade, and over the past 15 years has been a member of several San Francisco Bay area groups. She is currently a member of Sonos Handbell Ensemble and enjoys subbing with other groups and attending local and national handbell events throughout the year.

Sandy has previously served on the Handbell Ventures Board of Directors, and has served as Secretary of the Area 12 Board of Directors for the past four years. Sandy has been working with nonprofit organizations for nearly 20 years, including volunteering and serving on additional nonprofit Boards during that time. Her previous Board roles include serving as Treasurer for a nonprofit for more than five years. She has extensive experience in financial management, budgets, and accounting, gained through many of her day jobs over the years, including her current financial and database management position at a national non-profit.

In addition to handbells, Sandy is passionate about animal welfare, and currently enjoys spending time exploring with her rescued dog and expanding her music knowledge by learning to play guitar.

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