Meet the Ringers
MVR’s Artistic Director is KAREN E. LEONARD. She is a graduate of Boston University and UMass Lowell with degrees in church music, organ performance and conducting. As Minister of Music at West Chelmsford United Methodist Church, she directs a graded choral and handbell program of six choirs and serves as organist. A Past National President of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (now known as Handbell Musicians of America), Karen has been very active in event planning and chairs the National Master Series Classes for the Handbell Musicians of America, which will take place January 31- February 3. 2014 in Cincinnati, OH. She and her husband, Mark, have two adult sons and two awesome grandchildren, ages 12 and 8.
CHUCK ARNOLD began playing handbells while living in San José, California before relocating to Lowell, Massachusetts with his wife Lisa in 2010. Lisa joined MVR that year, and Chuck joined the group in 2012. Together they have twice toured Tuscany as members of the handbell ensemble Campanae Mundi, playing before large and enthusiastic crowds in centuries-old churches, including the 13th-century church where Leonardo da Vinci was baptized. Chuck has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in sustainable land use planning and landscape design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. When not playing handbells, he enjoys cycling with Lisa on their tandem bicycle, and piloting his Grumman Yankee airplane throughout New England and beyond.
LISA ARNOLD began ringing in 1976 and toured with the Wesley Bell Ringers (WBR) of Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1979-1983. While living in San José, California, Lisa rang with Bay Bells (a community handbell ensemble). She is a co-founder of Low Ding Zone (an all bass handbell ensemble), and Bells on Tap (a small ensemble). Lisa is also a solo handbell artist, specializing in jazz standards. Lisa is the editor and photographer for The Bass Ringer’s Notebook, by Larry Sue. Lisa has also toured with Campanae Mundi, ringing handbells in churches throughout Tuscany. When Lisa is not ringing, she works as an Operations Manager for Cisco Systems, and lives in Lowell, MA. She spends her free time learning Italian and exploring the New England countryside by bicycle or in the air with her husband Chuck (also in MVR).
LYNNE BATTY developed her love of music as a child while sitting alongside her mother at the church organ, turning pages. She learned to play the piano and oboe and as an adult she played in several community orchestras and concert bands. In 1997 she moved to Lexington with her husband and three children, fell in love with handbells at Hancock Church, and soon joined the Hancock Carillon. Lynne works as the Director of Physical Therapy at the Children’s Center for Communication and Beverly School for the Deaf and in her spare time enjoys quilting, baking, and exploring walking trails around their home in Wakefield, MA with her husband, Mike.
DIANE BURKE was inspired to take up bellringing by her mom, and has been ringing for over 20 years. In addition to MVR, she has also rung with the United Ringers in Littleton MA, and the Sudbury Bellringers in Sudbury MA. For the past 5 years she has been the director of two bell groups- the Joyful Ringers at First Church Congregational in Marlboro MA, and The Lincoln Ringers from First Parish in Lincoln MA, and is excited to have recently returned to direct the Sudbury group where she began her ringing career. Diane also sings gospel music and has performed with several choirs in and around Boston. She is a passionate fan of NFL football (some would say crazy!) and college basketball, and currently works in the holistic health field. Diane lives in Marlboro with her incredibly supportive husband Ron and Perch, a 5 year old tabby cat.
COLETTE CAMP DANIELS began ringing in 1980 at six years old. While studying for her Bachelor’s in communication studies at Taylor University, she toured nationally and internationally with the Taylor Ringers, a handbell ensemble group. After returning home in 1997 to Hamilton, MA, she joined the Festive Ringers of The First Congregational Church of Hamilton, MA, until 2008, and Gordon College Ringers for two years. In 2007 Colette joined the Festival Ringers of West Chelmsford United Methodist Church and joined Merrimack Valley Ringers in 2008. Colette has also been solo ringing since 1997 and performs primarily with her father, Russell Camp. Colette is a special education teacher in Methuen, MA, and lives with her husband Brian, son Jack, and daughter Amelia in Dracut, MA.
HOLLY CERULLO has been ringing handbells as a member of the West Chelmsford United Methodist Church Festival Ringers since 1980. She is also assistant director of the Celebration Ringers and Singers, a handbell/vocal group made up of middle school and high school youth. Having retired in June of 2004 after 35 years of teaching, she currently explores gardening, landscaping, writing, quilting, and is the current chairperson of the Chime Loaner Program for Area 1 Handbell Musicians of America. As worship chairperson of WCUMC, she coordinates artistic elements with the themes and seasons of the church. Holly has been married to her husband Michael since 1972, and has two adult children, Joshua and Rachel, one cat, and is grandmother (aka: “G-Maah”) to a 16-month-old granddaughter, and soon a new grandson!
RACHEL CERULLO-ROMANO, an MVR member since 2002, is taking a hiatus for the Fall/Winter 2013 season, as she is due to give birth to a baby boy just prior to MVR’s scheduled tour dates. She continues to work behind the scenes, consulting as a member of the board of directors, designing the program, acting as photographer, and performing as many other various MVR duties as her gravid frame (and one year old daughter) will allow. Still, Rachel misses ringing with the group like it’s her job, and will be back with a vengeance in Spring 2014! (Assuming she can find a VERY adventurous babysitter.)
SUE CHAMBERLIN has been ringing handbells for over 30 years and directing handbell choirs for almost that long. A highlight of her ringing/directing career (in addition to being a member of MVR) was taking her youth choir to the International Handbell Symposium in Tokyo, Japan in 1998. A retired math teacher, Sue is the New England sales representative for Schulmerich Bells. She also directs two handbell choirs and one chime choir at Faith Community Bible Church in Loudon, NH, and is the Area 1 treasurer for the Handbell Musicians of America. Sue and her husband, Doug, live on a lake in NH. They have two children, Eric and Debra, and five grandchildren: Lucy, Micah, Hannah, Natalie, and Matthew.
ADAM JENKINS was roped into playing handbells by some friends in his church’s youth group and has stuck with it ever since. A graduate of Grove City College and Carnegie Mellon University, he has also played the violin and has been a member of handbell choirs in Roswell, GA; Grove City and Pittsburgh, PA; Lexington, MA; and now MVR! He works as a software engineer at The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, MA. Outside of work and handbells (is that even possible?!), he enjoys photography, biking, spending time with friends, and is a licensed amateur radio operator.
MOLLY LAMSON made her singing debut in a kindergarten musical, and has had a passion for music ever since! Molly has been singing forever, and ringing since 1989. She even played handbells at the White House and piano at Carnegie Hall. You never know where music will take you! Molly’s favorite activity is spending time with her daughter, who is the light of her life. She also enjoys scrapbooking, photography, and anything creative. She is a graphic designer in Londonderry, NH, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and sheltie.
SUE LEE With an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Lowell State College ’67, Sue taught all levels of music, general, choral and instrumental, before getting her Masters in Elementary Education and becoming a fourth grade teacher. She first rang and then directed handbells choirs at a previous church, and has been Director of Handbell Ministries at St. Matthew’s UMC, Acton, MA since 1998, where she directs four ensembles. Now retired, other interests are playing her trumpet or baroque recorders, quilting, playing golf, traveling, reading, or just enjoying time with family and friends. She has two sons, a daughter-in-law, a precious granddaughter, and two spoiled cats.
DARYL MARKEY began ringing handbells in junior high school and has continued to play since. After learning to play a multitude of instruments including: the violin, the clarinet, percussion, and handbells, he’ll tell you that handbells are, by far, his favorite. Daryl graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a BA in English, with a writing concentration. After graduating, he attended night school at UMASS Lowell to study in the field of Technical Writing. He was awarded a certificate of completion in February 2009. He currently works at RSA Security as a Senior Information Architect, working primarily as the project lead for Archer– RSA’s Governance, Risk, and Compliance platform. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at UMASS Lowell, working to complete a Masters in Business Administration. He is also studying to become certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
LYNN MASSON comes from a musical family and has played piano and other instruments and sung in many groups her whole life. She played bells as a teen but didn’t restart until joining her church group in 2005. She also rang with Back Bay Carillon in Boston and Copious Notes in Wellesley. Now her favorite instrument is handbells and she is excited to be a part of MVR and enjoy the extra challenge of a premier community group. Lynn is retired from a career in community organization and finance, but keeps active in her church leadership and town government, as well as a book group and sewing projects, along with bell groups, including Sounds of the Spirit at Congregational Church of Littleton and Lincoln Ringers. She had two grown children and five grandchildren and lives with her husband and Lucie, their 1-year-old Shih Tzu.
EVIE SESSIONS started ringing hand bells in 3rd grade and hasn’t looked back. She has rung with multiple Bronze choirs in Upstate NY, most notably with the Klipnocky Klangers of Oneonta. She is happy to have found a ringing home with the Merrimack Valley Ringers after her move to Waltham, MA this past summer. She is a graduate student at Brandeis University, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where she is studying International Development and Conflict and Coexistence. In her free time, Evie enjoys hiking, reading and crafting (although she suspects that she will have time to do none of these things this year). She currently shares her home with two other grad students and a very lazy housecat named Bromley.
B.J. STRATTON has been ringing handbells since he was nine. A licensed high school math teacher and graduate from Western New England College, he currently works for Gex, Incorporated, a company that develops online content for textbook publishers that allows students to do their classwork or their homework or even take entire tests at the computer instead of on paper. He is a fan of most major sports and often spent Sunday afternoons updating Diane Burke on the score of the Patriots game before he joined MVR himself. When he is doing nothing else productive, he spends his time playing video games or chatting on the internet with people across the planet.
JIM STRATTON has been playing handbells for most of the last 20 years. He’s been involved with music for most of his life, having played violin while growing up and then teaching himself guitar in (and after) college. Along with terrific son BJ (also in MVR) and wonderful wife Roberta (former MVR member), Jim rings with the West Chelmsford United Methodist Church’s Festival Ringers and sings in the Senior Choir. When not rehearsing, Jim engages in user, system, and process support for a growing company that provides remote computer support for individuals, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.