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.
Vicky Regia is Executive Chef at Brandon Music, making the gourmet meals served at our regular Saturday night concerts. She also runs the SoundBite Café at our Compass Music and Arts Center location. Vicky is Indonesian born and moved to the U.S. in 1999. She started Lian Catering in 2010, over the past 3 years has been a regular guest chef on WCAX and at Café Provence in Brandon, is an Indonesian Food Ambassador for the Indonesian Consulate in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts, and since 2014, continues to give demonstrations at the Boston Globe Travel Show. Vicky specializes in Southeast Asian and fusion cuisine and enjoys introducing guests to flavors from all over the world.
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