Heather Beauchamp has rung with the Heavenly Ringers of Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrington, DE since 2005. She was raised in Harrington, and she works in her childhood school district, Lake Forest, as a school psychologist. Heather graduated from Washington College, Chestertown, MD, and Indiana University of PA.
Susan Eshelman started playing clarinet and singing in church at an early age; then she added flute, sax and handbells by the time she attended Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA. In 2000, Susan joined the Dover Presbyterian Bells of Praise. She recently graduated from Wilmington University with a B.S. in Behavioral Science, and is a Long-Term Support Services case manager for Amerihealth Caritas Delaware.
Pam Ferguson is a Compliance Officer for East Coast Property Management, Milford, DE. Pam currently serves as President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Her interest in music began at the age of 5 when she started piano lessons, and later she added the flute. Pam rings at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Milford, DE.
Christine Fox-Roberts played flute, piano, handbells and snare drum during her childhood, and was a music major in college until she pursued a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in NJ. Christine rings with the Deo Gloria Ringers of The Lutheran Church of our Savior, Rehoboth Beach, DE, and she is a general dentist in Bethany Beach, DE.
Claire Grabiak played handbells at King of Kings Lutheran Church near St. Louis, MO for 20 years before moving to Lewes, DE in 2015. She is a chemist turned stay at home mom for whom volunteerism became a way of life. She currently rings with Deo Gloria Ringers at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach, DE and she is a volunteer with Read Aloud Delaware.
Betsy Gray began ringing in 1974 at the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, OH. Currently, she directs the Bells of Praise at the Presbyterian Church of Dover, DE. Betsy also sings with the Faithful in Flannel and the Chancel Choir at the church. Prior to retirement, Betsy has 37 combined years of experience as a teacher and home daycare provider.
Karen Mahaffie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy, and teaching certifications in Elementary and Special Education. In addition to handbells, she plays the flute. Currently she rings with the handbell choir of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Since retiring from teaching, Karen enjoys selling toys at Kids’ Ketch in Lewes, DE.
David Mangler began reading music and playing musical instruments at the age of 5. He has played a variety of brass and woodwinds throughout elementary and high school years and was a church organist during high school. He is retired from the Navy, is a Registered Nurse, and currently works for the State of Delaware. He first rang with the handbell choir of the Metropolitan Community Church while stationed in Washington, D.C.
Judy Moore has been involved with handbell choirs, ensembles and festivals for over 40 years and is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America. She earned her Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Judy is retired from conducting the Delaware Choral Society and as Director of Music Ministry at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, DE. She is currently conducting Bay2Bay Ringers for Capital Ringers.
Glen Pruitt has been ringing English handbells since 1990. When he is not making music, Glen works as a consultant to non-profit organizations and government agencies, particularly in the HIV/AIDS field. Glen and his family live in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Neal Richard started ringing with the Reformation Lutheran Church, Milford, DE handbell group at the age of 16, and has been a member of his church’s choir since 2008. He is Property Manager for SeaScape Property Management, Lewes, DE, and is involved with the Milford Little League Program.
Leslie Smoyer began ringing in 1993 at Good Shepherd UCC, Boyertown, PA. She currently rings with Long Neck UMC in Long Neck, DE. Leslie has earned a Special Education /Elementary Education degree from Kutztown University, PA, and a Master's degree from Cabrini College, PA. She has been teaching for 13 years in PA and DE.
Nancy Yost is a retired teacher from the Milford, DE School District after 17 years. She has played the organ since the age of 5. She started ringing bells in 2006 with the Reformation Lutheran Church in Milford, DE where she also sings in the church choir.