Dr. Deborah Carr, past director and co-founder of the Columbia Handbell Ensemble (CHE), received a B.S. degree in Vocal Music Education in 1977, a M.Ed. in School Psychology in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1996, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She began ringing in Monroe, Louisiana in 1982. Since 1984, she has resided in Columbia, Missouri where she initiated a five-octave bell program at Missouri United Methodist church and directed youth and bell choirs at Community United Methodist Church. During her tenure as director, the CHE performed for the AGEHR Area VIII Conference , the AGEHR National Director’s Conference, the AGEHR National Ringers Conference, and the International Handbell Explosion. She taught public school music in both Missouri and Illinois for several years and recently retired from the University of Missouri, College of Education, serving in a variety of administrative positions. A highly respected conductor/clinician, Deborah has directed mass choirs for the National HMA Conferences and has served as a conductor/clinician for international, national, regional and state conferences in Canada, Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, Massachusetts and Virginia and has served on the faculty at the Montreat Presbyterian Conference. Recognized nationally for her musical seminars designed to advance performance skills of handbell ensembles, her classes in the developmental approach to ringing at more advanced levels have been well received by directors and ringers. A member of First Baptist Church in Columbia, Missouri, she is married to Ed Rollins, Associate Pastor and current conductor of the Columbia Handbell Ensemble and has two grown children, one son and one daughter who reside in St. Louis, Missouri and Destin, Florida, respectively. Enjoying retirement to the fullest – she currently serves as organist for Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri.