Kelly Griffith grew up playing handbells in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA.  After moving to Portland, she was delighted to find a community choir where she can learn more about handbells, techniques, and the unique people who call handbells their passion. Joining Pacific Ringers this season, Kelli is challenging herself with new ringing positions from the large low bass bells to the tenacious tiny trebles.

Betty Harter joined Pacific Ringers in January 2013.  She is relatively new to handbells, although she has been around music all her life.  In addition to handbells, Betty sings, plays saxophone, piano and recorder.  She is currently learning how to play the ukulele.

Kate Coates started playing handbells when she was 10 years old to learn a musical instrument (and to get out of singing in the youth choir). She has been playing bells off and on for the past 20 years. She joined PR in 2016 to make herself stretch a bit in music and to make new music friends and to keep handbells in her life.

Melinda L. Chandos serves as honorary member for the end of this season, filling in after a member accepted an out-of-state career.  She is a third-year ringer with the First Unitarian Church groups and can often be spotted trekking around town with her musical near-5-year-old daughter.  Though encouraged to try all the bells, she is firmly fond of the B4/C5 position (middle C) “because it’s always in the middle of the action.”

Marisa Johnson Since being a music therapist and piano teacher by day wasn’t enough music, Marisa decided to join pacific ringers in 2016. She has played in many different handbell choirs starting at age 10 in 3 different states. When Marisa isn’t musicking, she is often found quilting, embroidering, or in the woods basking in Oregon’s beauty.


Dan Anajovich started ringing handbells in 2010 to bring more music into his life.  In particular, he was looking for a place where the whole truly is greater than the sum of the parts. Since torturing his family with violin lessons as a youngun, Dan hadn’t played an instrument since starting with Chalice bells in 2010 (unless you count the instruments from the Rock Band video game).  Dan is married with 3 fabulous daughters.

Nadine Whitfield  is a newcomer to Pacific Ringers but no stranger to handbells or music. While growing up, music was a big part of her life, as well as her two sisters. There was always someone practicing music. It was not uncommon for her family to accept a dinner invitation and end up being the entertainment. These experiences blossomed into learning handbells with Kathie Fink at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Northern CA and proceeding to work as a freelance conductor and multi-instrumentalist in bands, orchestras, musical theater and recording studios throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Nadine holds a BA in Music Composition, a BS in Computer Science and was an original  member of SONOS Handbell Ensemble.

Debra Mikkelsen joined Pacific Ringers in January 2012. She started playing handbells at First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon in 2002. Her first experience was with the church’s two youth choirs. In 2005, First Church started Chalice Bells, a beginning adult  handbell choir. Deb moved up to ring with the big kids and she has been playing with them ever since.


Wingy joined the Pacific Ringers for the spring 2013 concert. Wingy appeared one day with a copy of Overtones in his claws, and decided to stay after hearing a hauntingly familiar melody. Wingy takes dynamics very seriously and also helps keep the group free from pests.