Born in South Shields in North-East England, Stephen's first career was as a commercial and property lawyer where he was a principal of a firm in Newcastle Upon Tyne. After a transition for several years into banking, Stephen returned home to North-East England where he set up a small private law practice. As an avid classical music collector, he set up the Divine Art Record Company in 1992 initially as a hobby and to help raise funds for the local village church restoration. The business grew gradually, and Stephen left legal practice to manage the company full time in 2004. Two new directors were appointed in early 2009 to allow Stephen to set up and manage the USA affiliate, Diversions, LLC. Stephen is now the CEO and President of Diversions (trading as Brandon Music) as well as Chair of Divine Art Ltd. in England. Stephen's commitments to the classical music industry continue to develop as he co-owns a small music publishing business (Brandon Music Limited) in the United Kingdom and is also developing a vintage recordings archive and phonograph museum. He is now based at the Compass Center in Brandon
Edna was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She was a primary (elementary) school teacher and headteacher at various schools before becoming an education administrator and inspector, working for Northumberland and North Yorkshire County Councils before moving to Barnsley, South Yorkshire, where she worked as Executive Director for Children, Young People and Families. An accredited school inspector, Edna received the award of ‘UK Local Government Woman of the Year' in 2007. Edna made the big step from the area of UK education to join the business in April 2011 and is managing the Music Cafe and shop at Country Club Road
After visiting family in the Brandon and Lake Dunmore area since she was 15, Kathryn is happy to find herself among its residents, having always enjoyed this region of Vermont.
Kathryn grew up on a dairy farm in the Mid-Hudson River Valley, in “upstate” New York. During a job managing a small art gallery, she “discovered” the museum field and went back to school to earn a Masters degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. Kathryn has interned and worked at a variety of different types of organizations, including an art museum, a historic house, and history museums. She is excited to be joining the Compass Music and Arts Center, which will bring her back to where it all began - the arts.
A native Vermonter, Patti's career began in hospitality and spanned the restaurant industry to entrepreneurial management. For 17 years, Patti was the proud third generation owner of LaDuke's Restaurant which in more recent years has been re-established as Vermont Pizza and Creme. Patti transitioned to the United Parcel Service honing her skills in customer service and international shipping, placing her in perfect alignment as American Folk Artist Warren Kimble's first employee. For 12 years Patti was instrumental in the success of the Warren Kimble Gallery – The Kimble House – as the Retail Manager. When the Warren Kimble Gallery was sold to Stephen Sutton, Patti once again found herself in perfect alignment to be employed by Brandon Music which is conveniently located in the former Warren Kimble Gallery. Patti's passion is her grandchildren and watching them grow as the next generation of Vermonters.
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