Ivan Boothe began ringing bells one day after soccer practice in sixth grade, at the urging of his grandmother as a sneaky way to get him in church. He played in the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble for several years, and before that for church choirs in Swarthmore, PA, and Cottonwood, AZ. In addition to Bells of the Cascades, Ivan has performed in the National Seminar All-Star Choir and multiple Distinctly Bronze events, and has been a clinician at the Area X conference. He currently serves on the BOC Board and helps out with its website and social media presence.
Ivan is the creative director of Rootwork.org and helped found the Genocide Intervention Network. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in peace and conflict studies from Swarthmore College, where he wrote a thesis on third-party nonviolent intervention to prevent and stop war. In the past, he helped organize PDXTech4Good, a regular gathering of nonprofits, techies, and activists.