Artistic Director: Amy Rollins
Amy Rollins is Member Services Director at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her current position she was an Assistant Vice President and the Director of Marketing at The First N.A. since 1999 and Marketing Coordinator for the Samoset Resort from 1991 to 1999. Amy is a graduate of Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island where she earned her Bachelor's degree in business administration as a marketing major in 1988. A Maine native, she was born in Camden and graduated from Camden-Rockport High School in 1984.
Rollins has been ringing handbells with Choral Bells of the First Congregational Church of Camden since 2006. She joined Penobscot Bay Ringers in 2008 and currently serves as Artistic Director and Treasurer for the non-profit corporation. She served as the board President from 2010 through 2014. In order to keep current on handbell ringing techniques and philosophies, Amy regularly attends directors’ seminars and regional workshops sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Amy is the marketing chair for the Camden Downtown Business Group, she chairs the music committee for her church, and she serves on Coastal Opportunities’ Cash for Clothes Steering Committee. In June 2014, Amy was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Camden Public Library. From 2002 through 2005, she played an integral role in the $1 million Capital Campaign for Lincolnville Central School. Amy is president and owner of Mid-Coast Limo, an airport transportation service that is managed by her husband, Peter. She also has a calligraphy service called Letterworks. Above all, Amy considers her role as mother of Erin and Benjamin to be her most important and rewarding work of all. The Rollins family lives in Lincolnville with their two cats, Bandit and Tessie.
Vice President/Corresponding Secretary: Leigh Smith
Leigh Smith co-founded Penobscot Bay Ringers in 2008 and has been ringing handbells for 38 years. Introduced to bells in 1977 by one of the original Beacon Hill Handbell Ringers, Leigh has rung in several Massachusetts handbell choirs, including the Grace Chapel Handbell Choir of Lexingon, whose music was regularly broacast live on Boston radio. She co-founded three Massachusetts bell groups and has performed in The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) Area 1 Festivals in Burlington, Vermont, Amherst, Massachusetts, and Orono, Maine. In 2006, Leigh established Ringing in the Season, a charitable handbell concert staged each year in Camden, Maine. She also plays with First Congregational Church of Camden’s Choral Bells. Leigh is a member of Handbell Musicians of America and supports its vision and goals for the art of handbell ringing.
In 2008, after forty-two years working as a Registered Nurse in California and Massachusetts, twenty-seven of which were spent at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, a magnet hospital, located in Burlington, Massachusetts, Leigh retired. She had worked on medical/surgical floors at Lahey for Oncology/Stem-Cell Transplant Unit, Urology/Kidney Transplant Unit, and Hepatobiliary/Liver Transplant Unit. She also had experience in school nursing at a Boston Back Bay junior college, and in doing private duty plastic surgery nursing in Southern California.
Leigh’s hobbies include knitting, crocheting, quilting, and both outdoor and indoor gardening, with a collection of over two dozen orchids. She is a member of the Camden Garden Club, Rockport Garden Club, and Coastal Quilters of Camden. She has volunteered at First Congregational Church of Camden’s Soup Lunch and Prayer Shawl Ministry, as well as on both the Welcoming, Activities, and Grounds Committees at Quarry Hill Retirement Community, in Camden, where she lives with Ron, her husband of forty-seven years, and a Yellow Labrador, Cinnamon Stick. They have two children, Derek and Heather, and two grandchildren, Bryan and Michael.
President/Secretary: Debra Hall
Debra Hall is President of Penobscot Bay Ringers and has been ringing handbells off and on for 47 years. Debra attended Texas Christian University and Southern Illinois University on full-tuition music scholarships as a clarinetist in the university orchestras. She has played bells since the age of 11 and directed and founded church handbell choirs since beginning college. Debra has served as a church organist for more than 20 years. In the past few years Debra has focused on solo handbell ringing and has performed as a solo ringer at various charitable concerts in venues in Naples Florida, Dallas Texas and Midcoast Maine.
Debra has more than 35 years experience as a litigator and international corporate/regulatory attorney. She has traveled extensively on business and is a frequently published legal writer and lecturer. Debra is currently a reinsurance arbitrator, mediator and expert witness. Six years ago she co-founded a technology start-up which has developed a patent-pending decision support platform poised to change the way in which consumers interface with the Internet, including how we search for and find appropriate senior living arrangements, colleges and more.
During the past 10 years, Debra has served as an elected President of several community Boards and was an elected official in Long Grove, Illinois. She resides in Rockport with her husband, also an attorney, and their wonderful yellow labradors, Kenzie and Kallie. Debra’s cousin, Candace Bawcombe-Schast serves on PBR’s Advisory Board.
Music Librarian: Michelle Terry
Michelle Terry has been ringing handbells for over 25 years, starting with the handbell choir of Armstrong Chapel UMC in Indian Hill, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. She retired in 2007 from Wyoming Middle School in Wyoming, Ohio where she had worked as the library/technology aide for 15 years, helping students navigate their way around the library and learn to use technology in their schoolwork.
Michelle became interested in handbell ringing at her church after she retired from 25 years of Scottish Highland dancing. After retiring to Maine with her husband, she joined Choral Bells at the First Congregational Church in Camden, and then was invited to join Penobscot Bay Ringers, where she also serves as Music Librarian. She helped organize and rings with Joyful Bells of Belfast United Methodist Church in Belfast, Maine.
Michelle also plays the hammer dulcimer and the mountain dulcimer, frequently playing these instruments in her church. Other hobbies include crocheting, sewing, and especially patchwork quilting and gardening. She is active in her church as a scripture reader, communion bread baker, and as the Church Librarian. She lives in Lincolnville with her husband John and three rescue cats, Callie, Tucker and Misty. Michelle is the very proud mother and grandmother of three wonderful daughters, Amy, Jennifer, and Bethany, and five grandchildren.
Susan Barnard is a Registered Nurse and Manager of Clinical Operations for Genesis Health Care, the largest nursing home company in the country. She is responsible for the clinical oversight of the northern Maine Genesis centers, including locations in Camden and Belfast, Maine. Susan, a New York native, received her nursing training at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan and has had a long career in health care in both hospitals and long term care facilities in New York, Connecticut, and Maine.
Susan Barnard has been ringing with Penobscot Bay Ringers since 2012. She is a charter member of Joyful Bells, the bell choir at the Belfast United Methodist Church, where she is an active congregant. Susan enjoys taking photographs of Maine landscapes, nature and people. She and her husband have been working on a project to photograph all of Maine lighthouses. Susan is an avid painter and a rug hooker who designs her own projects, often based on topics from her photographs. Her work has been displayed at the Penobscot Maritime Museum and other local art venues. She also enjoys baking and gourmet cooking.
Susan and her husband Walter relocated to Northport, Maine, in 2008, after Walter’s retirement. They live peacefully and happily on Penobscot Bay with their two Maine Coon cats and unnamed parakeet. Susan has two children, Lisa, a Nurse Practitioner, and Daniel, a Pharmacist, and two granddaughters, all of whom live in Connecticut.
Penobscot Bay Ringers was founded as a community handbell choir by Ella Saltonstall and Leigh Smith in June 2008.
Penobscot Bay Ringers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the IRS Code. We have obtained and annually maintain our license from the State of Maine Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, as a charitable organization, permitting us to solicit, accept, and obtain contributions for charitable purposes. PBR’s financial records are available for inspection and review upon request.
Penobscot Bay Ringers is led by a Board of Directors which is responsible for the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the organization as well as our long-term planning. Penobscot Bay Ringers’ elected non-paid leaders include the following individuals:
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