Kathy Ford earned her BMEd. and Master of Arts degrees from Baker Univ. and UCM and taught vocal music for 28 years in Clinton and Blue Springs, Mo., where her student handbell choirs rang three times for the Mo. State Music Educators' Conference. She serves the Blue Springs First UMC as organist and music coordinator, directs the Chancel Choir and two adult handbell choirs. Kathy has rung with Rezound! since 2002 and has been a director for the Intergenerational Handbell Camp in Parkville for over 20 years. She has a private piano studio and is the accompanist for her husband's brass students during contest season. Kathy likes to find time to golf, travel, and play with her four grandchildren.

Pat Latshaw began ringing handbells in 1986 and has enjoyed opportunities to ring solo and small ensemble pieces as well as serving her church as handbell choir director. She also plays the flute. piano and pennywhistle. When she’s not ringing, she enjoys knitting, watching British drama and traveling. Pat joined Rezound! in 2004 and lives in Prairie Village, KS. She currently serves Area 8 of the Handbell Musicians of America as Communications Chair.

Sheri Rutten was born and raised in Palmer, Nebraska.  She started ringing in 1995 at First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs, Missouri and has attended the Intergenerational Handbell Camp at Heartland Presbyterian Center in Parkville, MO for several years.  Sheri joined Rezound! in the fall of 2001.  In addition to ringing handbells, she enjoys playing the flute, singing in her church choir, cross-stitching, following Nebraska football, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

Eric Schlef joined Rezound as a substitute in the fall of 2016, and was thrilled to return full time in 2017.  He has been ringing handbells since 2006.  He currently also rings with the Beautiful Savior Lutheran handbell choir in Olathe.  In addition he assists with graded chime and handbell choirs at church from age 4 up to high school.  He also has experience in various small ensembles, trios, quartets, and is half of a very active duet team.  He is a software engineer for Garmin, an active private pilot, and he and his wife Kerri are bringing up five little handbell ringers (all boys!).

Lisa Mills began ringing handbells as a teenager in her church.  She joined Rezound! in the fall of 2001.  She also plays piano and has given lessons in the past along with accompanying local school honor choirs and contest soloists/ensembles.  Lisa works for the Independence Missouri School District as a sign language interpreter.  In her spare time, she enjoys visiting zoos across the country, traveling, doing anything handbell related, and keeping on top of her children's many activities.

Meet Rezound!

Jill Endaya began her ringing career shortly after graduating high school. Music has always been an important part of her life — she began taking piano lessons at an early age and shortly after, found her love of percussion. After a whirlwind of marching band and ensembles in high school, she found the desire to try something new and challenging. Ringing handbells fit the bill! What started as volunteering at her church’s handbell choir led to continuing her interest and education with ringing. She joined Rezound! in the spring of 2016.

Amy Watson is a third-generation handbell ringer from Fort Smith, AR.  As home to the first handbell ensemble in the state of Arkansas, led by Mr. James Groves, her church’s (First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ) handbell program was a significant part of congregational life with many children beginning to ring at a very young age. Under the tutelage of her aunt, Sue Berch Pearson, Amy (along with her siblings and cousins) began ringing at about the age of six. In keeping with program tradition, contracts were signed by all ringers, rehearsals were strict, and almost all performances were from memory.  In spite of the rigorous demands of the program, Amy fell in love with handbells and continues ringing to honor the memory of her Aunt Sue.

Amy relocated to Kansas City with her children, Rachel, Katelyn, and Will, in 2004 and works in Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Office of the Provost.  She currently rings with the Miracle Ringers at Platte Woods United Methodist Church and is a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Amy joined Rezound! in the fall of 2011.

Sara Mulford Sara Mulford’s first handbell choir rehearsal at Leavenworth First United Methodist Church in 1995 resulted in frantic practice at home with a variety of kitchen utensils.  Since that time she has played regularly and substituted in a variety of handbells groups in the Leavenworth, Kansas area including a two year stint with Rezound! in 2001-2003.  Originally from Anamosa, Iowa, and a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, she has a background in clarinet, piano, and classical guitar.  In her other life, Sara is a 5th Grade teacher at Lansing Elementary School in Lansing, Kansas.  She also enjoys baking, wishing the Chicago Cubs would have a winning season, traveling to see family, and pretending that she has the skills to work on her house.

David Rebecchi doesn’t know exactly when he started ringing handbells; if you ask, he can only say: “Since I had to stand on a step-stool to reach my bells.” He began ringing, under the direction of Rev. Karen J. Yount, with the Carillons of Budd Park Christian Church of Kansas City where he also became an accomplished soloist. After graduating high school, he became a member of the Praise Ringers of the First Christian Church of Maryville – during which time he composed and recorded his first handbell composition, “And the People Rejoiced” – until he graduated college.

Cathy Brenner has been ringing handbells for approximately 16 years. Music has always been her favorite way of relaxing.

Lauran Delancy - Artistic Director - began ringing in high school and immediately fell in love with handbells. She has been a soloist since 1998 and has been directing since 1999 at community, church, and collegiate levels. She loves working with handbells and answering questions as a clinician. Lauran is a published composer and most enjoys writing for handbells. She attended Concordia University Wisconsin where she had the opportunity to ring as a member of the Alleluia Ringers under the direction of Dr. John Behnke for 6 years. She holds a BA in Parish Music, a BA in Humanities, and a Master of Church Music degree with an emphasis in Handbells. She served Area 8 of the Handbell Musicians of America as Education Chair from 2011-2014.

Lauran and her husband Patrick have four future ringers: Cora (2008), George (2009), Nathan (2011), and Isla (2013).

Sarah Spencer began playing bells in 7th grade . She was stuck playing the bass bells because she joined the choir late and it was the only position left open. Excluding a break during college, she's been ringing bass clef ever since.
She lives in Lenexa with her little dog, Cosmo. In her spare time she enjoys fencing, trips to the dog park, and spoiling her niece and nephews. Sarah joined Rezound! in Fall 2014.

Russell W. Joy, to whom music has always been very important, graduated from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. He majored in bassoon with an emphasis in early music and later played with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Russell sang in the Mendelssohn Choir. For the last two years, handbells have been his musical passion. "I find handbells more challenging, rewarding, and musically sophisticated than I ever imagined them to be." With over 20 years artistic experience, Russell is the artist and owner of Joy Stained Glass Studio in Kansas City, Missouri.

Alysa Kramer was first introduced to bells in middle school with her music teacher, fellow Rezound! member Kathy Ford. Alysa graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a dual degree and certification in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education, where her emphasis was on vocal and string music. After spending some time teaching in a rural district in Northwest Missouri, she moved back to Kansas City,  where she teaches music at a Charter school serving low income and refugee families. Alysa had been a member of Rezound! off and on for three years. It has become a rewarding performance outlet, where she gets to continue to challenge herself. 

Addie Linebaugh was born and raised in Wyoming and after graduating high school in 2008 went to Central Wyoming college where the love of handbell playing was introduced. After getting her Associates in music and theatre, she moved to Kansas City. While deciding what nursing program to attend she was playing for Holy Cross handbell group and learned of the Intergenerational Handbell Camp. She has subbed for many different churches throughout the Kansas City Metro area, ultimately subbing for Rezound! for a semester, which excitingly led to being part of 2016 Rezound! ensemble.