Staff

Lenny Epstein | Membership and Communications Director

Lenny Epstein is not only a comedian, he is also a filmmaker, educator, and was elected to sit on Prince Edward County’s municipal council. Lenny has produced and directed films and videos that have screened around the world and been broadcast across Canada. His background features experience in arts administration and arts presentation – especially of film, theatre, and music. Lenny has taught media and interdisciplinary arts courses at St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University. He also sat on the boards of artist-run centres and local cultural organizations. Currently his favourite thing to do is perform improv and sketch comedy with The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe: Taste That! and as one half of the duo, Short Attention Spa.

Paul Rye | Bookkeeper

Paul is a local Belleville native who graduated from Moira Secondary School and the Loyalist College Accounting Program. Paul began his professional career as an accountant in Belleville for a local trucking company for six years.  He then moved onto Crane Plumbing Corporation as Plant Controller for another six years.  Following the closure of the Crane facility, he became Divisional Controller for Dynatec Corporation in Toronto.  Upon the sale of Dynatec Corp, he then went to Club Assist Canada Inc as Financial Controller in Ottawa and then became District Controller for BFI Canada out of Kingston.  He has now opened his own accounting business and provides accounting and taxation services to the public. He brings almost 25 years experience in various business sectors including:  manufacturing, mining, wholesale and retail, waste management and intellectual property. He loves the outdoors – fishing, and coaching both soccer and baseball.

Janet Jarrell | General Manager

Janet Jarrell was born and raised in Belleville. After graduation, she headed west to British Columbia to further her studies in Business Administration and somehow got roped into a busy family life. She would return home for long stretches at a time (during the warm summer months!) to enjoy all that the area has to offer a young family.

In 2002, Janet returned to live in the Quinte area. Her background in Business combined with her legal studies landed her a job with the government; but the arts were always a passion. Evenings and weekends were spent writing history, lifestyle and art pieces for local publications. She went on to be the Associate Editor of the County and Quinte Living magazine and also wrote for The Link where she had a regular column featuring local artists. As an advocate for the arts, this was a great fit.

Janet is a writer, editor and copywriter for local businesses. Her writing has been published in books, magazines and on blogs. She has taught writing courses and seminars at Loyalist College. As the general manager, she will work to do her part to contribute to fostering the arts in this very talented community.