Slate of Candidates for Area 11 Elections
Nominees for Chair-elect
Nominees for Secretary/Treasurer
You will find the link to the voting instructions at the bottom of this page.
Janet Lake has always loved all things musical and was thrilled to be introduced to handbells over 20 years ago. Before she even knew what a handbell was, she had volunteered to be the director of her small community handbell choir and continues in that role. Janet was introduced by a handbell friend to Handbell Musicians of America via Wyoming Spring Ring. That friend also encouraged her to run for Area 11 Secretary-Treasurer, a position she held for four years. Janet currently serves as Area 11 Mountain Sub-Area chair, facilitating handbell events in CO, UT, and WY, and this year organized all 11 Super Bell Saturday VIII Read and Ring events in all five states in Area 11. Janet holds a BSED in Music and Business Education and a MSED in Instructional Design and Technology.
The key to maintaining and growing membership in Handbell Musicians of America is to continue to offer quality handbell events and to maintain a strong social media presence to both promote upcoming events and report on the success of completed events. Also important is maintaining good communications with prospective, current, and former members via our website, newsletter, and periodic email blasts to highlight the many benefits of membership and encourage members to participate in as many Area 11 events as possible.
LeAnna Willmore is the Director of the Bells on Temple Square. She taught music in Utah for thirty-nine years at Valley Jr. High School, Bonneville High School, Bingham High School, Riverton High School and Herriman High School. She started three bell choirs in different high schools and taught bell choir for twenty years. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Weber State University and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Utah. She has been a guest conductor for several honor choirs and the WyoRing. She is a frequent adjudicator in and out of state. Mrs. Willmore is a past-president of the Western Division for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and of the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA). She has served on many committees and acted as the All-State Chair for UMEA for 25 years. She served as the NAfME Choral Education Chair for 5 years. She served as the Utah Chair for AGEHR before Area 11 was reorganized. At the latter part of her teaching she served as the only teacher on the Board of Directors of WestEd, a National Education Research and Development agency. Mrs. Willmore was awarded the 2002 National Music Educator Citation by the National Federation of High Schools, the 2001 Section 7 Outstanding Music Teacher Award and the 2000 Outstanding Music Educator award by the Utah High School Activities Association. She has received the Superior Accomplishment Award, the Presidential Award and the Hall of Fame Award from UMEA. Mrs. Willmore was the Choral Director for the Utah Ambassadors of Music for six tours to Europe. She has received many awards including the 1998 Jordan District Teacher of the Year and finalist for the State Teacher of the Year plus a 2009 KUED/State PTA Golden Apple Award and the Huntsman Outstanding Teacher Award.
How would you go about leading AREA 11 and developing HANDBELL MUSICIANS OF AMERICA membership – considering our large 5-state area?
Membership grows as people feel a connection to the organization and when they are inspired by quality handbell performances. We must have events in each state to accomplish this. The biggest potential for growth is through our young people and the school music programs. As church music curriculums change, bells sitting idle in a church or a school can be shared to get our young people involved. Churches often will accommodate a rehearsal of a community bell choir. If an event or conference is expensive it limits the participation of ringers. As handbell leaders we need to recognize the need to have events that fit the needs of the ringers in each state and bring them together so they can influence each other. If membership is what we recognize as success, then we must consider what we can do to get more ringers as members. As chair-elect I would take an active part to accomplish these things.
I have been a handbell ringer since church middle school bell choir. For the past 15 years, I have directed the handbell choir at the Flagstaff Federated Church and am in my 16th year holding the position as church organist and pianist. I have a bachelors degree in piano pedagogy, a bachelors degree in music education, and a masters degree in music teaching. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Worship Studies with an emphasis in music. My primary job is the music and Spanish teacher at a K-8 public school near Flagstaff while also teaching private lessons. I have served on the board of the Flagstaff Youth Chorale the last four years, been the Carnegie LinkUp trainer for the Flagstaff Symphony for the last five years, and was the conductor of the Flagstaff Community Band for five years. Additional experience has come from graduating the Flagstaff Leadership Program, being the musical director for the Flagstaff Light Opera Company, and accompanying various musical groups and events around Flagstaff.
I have run my own business of private music instruction, accompanying, and music direction. I have used several software book keeping systems and most currently have used quick books for several years. During my time with the Flagstaff Community Band, I set and maintained the budget as well as wrote several grants each year. Through accurate record keeping and maintenance, all areas should be kept in compliance with Area/National guidelines and Rules of Procedure.
I grew up in Utah, but have also lived in Virginia and Seattle. I enjoy many different hobbies (many arts and crafts related), and I travel extensively for work and personal travel. I’ve been to 6 continents, 21 countries and all 50 states. I am also an avid ballroom and social dancer, most recently working on West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I was first introduced to handbells through the Davis High School bell choir, and have played with the Bells of Joyful Sound for 3.5 years now.
I work as a financial systems analyst for a global environmental consulting firm (ERM, Inc). I have been with this company 15 years, working in various finance positions nearly all of that time, and in a global support position for six years now. My work has taught me how to quickly learn new software, how to troubleshoot and navigate through problems and issues, and how to work with others who struggle, and help give them tools to solve their problems. I also design training material (guides and manuals) that instruct how to use our financial software. I look at data extensively for a company of over 6,000 employees, and feel confident that I can quickly and easily learn and manage financial matters for Area 11.