Meet Our Team
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of ringers is the backbone of Decibells. Their commitment shapes the direction and mission of our organization. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
The Faces of Decibells
Martha stepped into the role of director after 30 years of ringing in Perry UMC's Hallelujah Handbells. She lives with her husband, two cats and a dog, all rescues except her husband. Martha writes a blog at walkingchester.com about her adventures with her pound puppy. She enjoys musical theater, video games, and playing with the grandkids. A former investigator, she is retired and dedicated to introducing handbells to the world.
Really low bass bells
Darlene is a giving person who volunteers at the church food pantry Darlene crochets and knits as well as making cards. Darlene played bells at Old South UCC for 30 years.
Darlene loves spending time with her grandchildren and planning her next trip to Hawaii.
Low bass bells
Pat (aka Shrek) previously taught science and has traveled to the South Pole. Pat is a published author, writes for a national magazine, and also wrote a musical. An accomplished musician, Pat recently retired and hopes to arrange songs for Decibells once she gets over the travel bug. Pat has played bells for over 25 years.
Nancy taught elementary music and beginning band for 25 years and directed church choirs for 30 years. She played in bell/tone chime choirs for a time and decided it would be fun to get back into it. She and her husband assist at the Madison Food Center each week. They enjoy traveling to kite festivals. Nancy enjoys line dancing and pickleball. Nancy's favorite song is "What a Wonderful World."
Suzan is our newest ringer but she has played bells for over 35 years. She enjoys sewing, knitting and crochet. Suzan has played bells in church choirs but is looking forward to a variety of music with the Decibells. She lives in Mentor currently, having lived in 4 cities in 2 states.
Jon's hobbies include beer-making, singing, bell ringing, and listening to music. He is retired from Software Development and as a stay-at-home Dad (also retired!) He keeps busy with volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity (in Pennsylvania,) and has served as a church trustee and Deacon. Jon has lived in Illinois, New Mexico, Pennsylvania. Though new to Madison himself, his family roots (Bates) go back several generations in Madison. Jon is an Eagle Scout and served on the camp staff back in the 1980’s at Camp Stigwandish.
Chris’s family has been involved in bells but Chris hadn’t rung before Decibells. (she’s a natural!) Chris and her husband are traveling around the country to see a baseball game in every stadium. They have seen 20 and have ten to go. Chris is a musician who plays piano, flute and an Irish tin whistle! She likes the Decibells music and requests "American Pie"!
Lori has rung handbells for 20+ years at St. John Vianney. She has played the flute in the Lakeland Civic Band for 40 years. Lori enjoys her time with six grandchildren, gardening, biking, travel and photography. Her favorite vacation was visiting her grandparents' hometown in Germany, meeting lots of relatives Lori enjoys the music of the 60s and 70s and can't pick a favorite song -- there are too many!
Peg played bells as a teen, then married her high school honey, Mike. She has two sons, Andy and Ricky. She performed in Godspell and other Christian theater productions. Peg taught first or second grade for 35 years in Fairport Harbor. She retired with her Dachshund pups, Pfrank and Beans, and is delighted to have found a new bell choir group!
Elizabeth has been playing bells for 44 years !!
She is the bell maintenance specialist in Decibells. She is able to build almost anything and has changed many a bell spring! Elizabeth also plays alto and tenor saxophone. A Willoughby resident, she enjoys walking and attending concerts.
Donna started ringing bells at a local church while in graduate school. She played again in Illinois while in residency and in Aliquippa, PA. Her favorite vacation was a 2004 Alaskan cruise with 3 generations of her family.
Her hobbies include sewing, quilting, knitting, reading.
Donna is a retired Family Practice MD and served 6 years in the USAF as a doctor. This came in handy when she once fell through an attic floor to the next floor.
Donna moved to Madison in September 2022. She and Jon "collect" State Capitols – they are now up to 33!
Debbie Diadiun is a native Ohioan who settled in the NE Ohio area to practice nursing after getting her bachelors degree at Kent State University. She is currently enjoying an active retirement-working in her perennial garden, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing pickleball, reading for
two book clubs, and engaging in a variety of needlework projects. She enjoys biking and hiking and her travels have taken her to or through all but 13 of the states in the US. After hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon she enjoyed her favorite vacation ever when she spent 8 days
rafting the Colorado River through that gorgeous US landmark. She comes to the Decibells with more than 20 years of experience ringing in her church’s handbell choir.
G6A6 and really high bells
Jackie enjoys beach vacations and would like to suggest “Under the Boardwalk” for a future song
Jackie crochets baby blankets, and enjoys baking, reading historical fiction, and walking her dog, Penny.
Jackie has spent 30 years teaching in the Mentor Public Schools and still enjoys it. She has been ringing with the St. John Vianney bell choir since 2006.
B6C7 and more really high bells
Terri Maurer has been ringing bells in the St. John Vianney Church (Mentor) bell choir since its inception
over 20 years ago. A former computer programmer at Progressive Insurance, Terri has been married to
her husband (whom she met at Progressive) for almost 33 years, has three grown children and recently
became a grandma! In addition to playing bells, Terri also plays the flute and a little bit of piano. She
comes from a musical family that when gathering at Christmas often ends up playing in a Christmas song
jam session! Terri also enjoys reading, baking, gardening, sewing, scrapbooking and traveling.