Jennifer Vangolen was born and raised in New Jersey, where she started ringing handbells at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown, NJ, after convincing the director to let her join the youth choir even though she was several months shy of being the requisite ten years old. She’s been ringing ever since and most recently was a member of Bells of the Sound in Seattle, and served as a Member at Large on the National Board for Handbell Musicians of America. She joined Bells of the Cascades for the first time in the Fall 2021 season.
Jennifer holds a BA in Chemistry from Brandeis University and is currently the principal business analyst in software development for Ellucian Degree Works. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, playing with her kitty, Maaike, and hiking and skiing any chance she gets, especially in Whistler, BC.