Current Ringer Biographies

Bonnee Altis

Now retired, Bonnee was a Senior Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones and, by night, she is a musician. She has studied music at Hardin Simmons University and at Missouri Baptist University. She currently teaches private piano lessons and accompanies high school students for competitions. First Baptist Church of Ferguson introduced her to handbells as a young adult. Taking a short break of some 25 years to raise her family, Bonnee has returned to handbell ringing. Bonnee and husband, David, have four adult children and eleven grandchildren. They are world travelers. It sounds like bells, traveling, and grandchildren are her hobbies, but not necessarily in that order!

Janette Coble

Janette is an RN in the Neuroscience unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It’s a second career that is both rewarding and challenging. It is always awe-inspiring to see the healing and miracles that take place every day. Her most important undertaking, however, is mom to Mathew and Ethan, and wife to Mike. Hobbies include reading, crafts, and music. She dabbles in trombone, piano, and guitar in her “spare time” and loves listening to her sons play classical guitar, electric guitar, drums, bassoon, saxophone, glockenspiel, couch, chair — really, can’t everything be an instrument when you love music? Janette has been ringing bells for over 20 years in various church choirs and ensembles. She loves ringing with ReBELLion and (usually) leaves practice feeling less stressed than when she arrived!

Erin Clevenger

Erin loves to surround herself with music. She started in elementary school, taking piano lessons and participating in choir and bells at church which she continued through high school. In middle school, Erin took up the bass clarinet and played in bands through her senior year of college. Truman State University is where Erin received both her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music and Master of Arts in Education. In addition to playing with ReBellion, Erin currently teaches elementary (K-5) music in Mehlville and sings in the American Chamber Chorale. When not immersing herself in musical activities, Erin enjoys cooking, playing board games, browsing antique malls, binge watching TV shows or movies, and snuggling with her cat, Willis. Whenever she has the funds, Erin also loves to travel – she taught at English camps for a summer in Italy, visited several other European countries, and has seen many amazing sights all over the United States.

Eve Diel

Eve has been a librarian for over 20 years, currently with the Parkway School District. Eve has been playing handbells since she was in middle school, thanks to the fact that her mom talked her into subbing with her adult handbell choir at the First United Methodist Church in Robinson, IL. Eve has also participated in choral activities for as long as she can remember. At Robinson High School, she and four friends started a singing group called the Tic-Tacs (their candy of choice) that sang 60s-era pop hits at many local events, including a telethon! Very exciting for a small-town high school group! Since moving to the St. Louis area in 1998, Eve has sung with many local choirs, currently with the American Chamber Chorale in Ladue and the “No-Name” Chorale in Belleville, IL.

Dave Farrington

Dave began ringing handbells at Donelson Heights United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, during his high school days. After high school, he attended Vanderbilt University earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy. In 2000, Dave was awarded a Master of Science degree in Geomatics Engineering from Purdue University. Dave is currently employed as an Information Analyst. He has travelled extensively through the world to every continent except Antarctica. Places that he has visited include Guam, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Ghana, Canada, Hawaii, United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay. (Now that is some frequent flyer miles!) Dave has one grown son and one daughter. When asked to provide an anecdotal story he said, “I have stood on both the equator and the prime meridian.” (Not at the same time!)

Elin Gomez

Elin is the Music Director at Salem Lutheran Church in Black Jack, MO, and also Organist for Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in south county. In 2006 she received a B.A. in Spanish at the College of St. Catherine, and in 2009 a B.A. in Church Music at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Cross-stitching, running and cooking/experimenting with new recipes are her favorite hobbies. Elin started ringing bells in the 8th grade, and continued in the Christus Chorus at Concordia with whom she traveled to Ghana, West Africa. Elin’s parents live in town, but her brother and sister and their families live in Minnesota and Wisconsin. When able, she travels up North to see them. Elin has two furry ‘daughters’, B.B, her rabbit, and Shiloh, who is a black lab mix. A ringing anecdote: “Once I wore the wrong t-shirt for a ringing endeavor – same color but way different logo”. One can only guess what that logo might have been!

Sue Haddrill

Sue is Director of Marketing Technology for Nestle Purina PetCare and holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.B.A., both from the University of Michigan. Her passions include continual learning, almost any kind of craft, sleeping, and playing handbells! She has been ringing handbells since 1985 when a college friend drafted her into helping out in her church choir, and hasn’t stopped since. When not working or traveling for work, she stays busy by over-extending herself as a team manager and fundraising coordinator for her daughters’ teams. During her spare time (Ha!), she is working to learn more about different wines, reading bass clef music, and techniques to inspire self-esteem and leadership in young people. She has two fantastic teenage daughters, Sydney and Jordyn, (and four dogs!) who bring joy to her every day!

Stephen Lewis

Steve has been playing in and directing bell choirs since 1988 when he was invited to play by his wife, Christy. Now they, with daughters Emma and Erin are 25% of the handbell choir at St. Andrew UMC in Florissant. Steve is a software engineer with Hunter Engineering with degrees in physics from the University of Texas at Austin, and Washington University. A former clarinet player, Steve now moves between bass, drums, and even ukulele in the St. Andrew praise band, performing to crowds as few as two people up to hundreds. In marching band, Steve once performed a halftime show with his underwear facing the visiting team after the seat of his pants ripped out. Fortunately, this has never happened while playing bells…yet.

Patrick Long

Patrick held an interim position with ReBELLion during the 2017 spring semester and is now a regular performing member of the ensemble. Patrick graduated from Valparaiso University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He currently works for Spectrum Brands Home & Garden Division in their Research and Development department. Along with his wife Cheri, both were members of Bells in Motion, a community handbell ensemble from Springfield, Illinois. Patrick began ringing bells in 1995 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in north St. Louis county. When trying to study bell music, Patrick is frequently accompanied and distracted by his grey kitty. She likes to sit on the page he is currently marking up. When Patrick isn’t ringing handbells he spends his free time running. He tries to train for and complete two marathons a year.

Diana Meckfessel

Though she has not had formal music training, Diana has been around music most of her life. She started singing in the choir at age five and ringing handbells at age ten. She shares her Glendale home with her husband of 30+ years, Chuck, daughter Gabrielle and grandchildren, Jesse and Jane.

Michelle Robins

Michelle started ringing bells at age ten at her home church, St. Lucas United Church of Christ. She previously spent nine seasons with the Gateway Ringers. When not ringing bells, she indulges in her other obsessions of collecting beads for constructing jewelry and playing with polymer clay. She enjoys traveling with her family, who are avid fans of Walt Disney World and several Caribbean islands. Michelle can be found ringing upper treble bells, as she has an aversion to bells larger than her hands.

Diane Robirds

Diane is an Application Specialist working in the area of Digital Pathology for Leica Biosystems. She directed handbells for nearly 20 years but now enjoys the chance to play instead of directing. Diane also plays the piano and the oboe and likes to sing. Non-musical interests include DIY projects with stained glass and watching football and basketball with her husband, Greg. Diane is a lifelong member of the BIG BLUE NATION, (University of Kentucky Wildcats fan)! She is the proud mother of two college-age “kids”, Hannah and Alex, as well as a goofy black lab named Cosmo. 

Jeff White

Jeff joined ReBELLion in the Fall of 2019.  Although he had retired from ringing with the Gateway Ringers for 20 years in the Spring of 2019, he reconsidered and accepted Dolan’s invitation to fill an open spot in ReBELLion.  Jeff has been conducting handbell choirs since 1986, and has started a new community choir, the Great Rivers Handbell Ensemble, in South St. Louis county.  He has a Master’s degree in Church Music from Concordia University Wisconsin and studied Organ with Dr. John Behnke and Dr. Nancy Ypma, professor of music at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.  He is active in the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Handbell Musicians of America.  Jeff is certified with the AGO at the Colleague level.  He works for Mastercard during the day, and is Associate Director of Music and Organist at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis City.