2021 AREA 6 Elections
Elections will run from September 9 – 19th
2021-2023 Area 6 Board Candidates
Chair-Elect (2 year term)
Gary Bynum has been involved in handbell programs since the fourth grade. His experience with various church choirs lead to his involvement in the founding of The Metropolitan Bells, Chattanooga’s advanced community handbell ensemble, in 1993. After ringing in the group for 10 years, Gary assumed the role of music director, a position he still holds today. He is co-chair of the annual Chattanooga Area Handbell Festival, Performance Coordinator for Handbell Musicians of America’s National Seminar, and Associate Director of Music at Christ United Methodist Church in Chattanooga. Gary holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Business Administration from UTC. He is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and is Manager of Marketing Operations for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
Treasurer (2 year term)
Carole Millard is a retired medical technologist from Chattanooga, TN. She has 18 years of handbell experience. Currently she is a member of the Metropolitan Bells, an auditioned community ensemble. She also rings with her church handbell choir.
Treasurer (2 year term)
Becky Price has 37 years of experience in accounting. She began her career in public accounting, and worked for a CPA firm for 16 years. She is currently the accounting manager for a local civil engineering firm. She also free-lance and has several small business clients. She has been ringing handbells for over 20 years, and has been with The Metropolitan Bells since 2008. She currently serves as their treasurer. She has been married for 30 years and has two adult children. Her hobbies include traveling, painting, and knitting, plus other things crafty.
Secretary (2 year term)
Elizabeth Orrel (Beth) Wilson is, first and foremost, a self-proclaimed “bell hog”. Beth was born and raised in Central Arkansas, where she is an active member of several handbell choirs and ensembles along with serving on both the Arkansas State and the Area IV Handbell Boards. Beth grew up in a family dominated by music, where her grandmother taught piano and organ to many of the accompanists now playing in several of the local churches. With these influences, she was able to read music before she could read books. She is classically trained to play the piano, flute, and handbells. Beth has been active in musical performances for almost her entire life and was motivated by many great directors. After graduating from Hendrix College with a BA in Psychology, she returned to play, teach and direct handbells in her home church, Searcy First United Methodist Church. Inspired by Beth’s love of handbells, her husband, daughter, and son-in-law all have become handbell enthusiasts. She oversees the legal research department for a well-established financial institution in her hometown. She lives with her husband of 11 years and enjoys her grandbabies, her fur babies, and lake days.