Staff

Jennifer Hardenne | General Manager

Jennifer Hardenne began her professional career as a journalist in Toronto. She worked as an assistant editor at Report on Business and regularly covered arts and cultural events for the Globe and Mail. Since moving to the Quinte region more than 15 years ago, she has continued to contribute to publications such as Wallpaper* and Chatelaine while branching out into marketing and communications. She has put her savvy to work for a variety of private companies and not-for-profit organizations including Taste the County, Prince Edward County’s non-profit destination marketing organization. As their Marketing Communications Coordinator, Jennifer was instrumental in launching the Arts and Taste Trails and spearheading the creation of a media kit, which won Best in Class at the Marketing Canada Awards and attracted the attention of international media. In recent years, fueled by her entrepreneurial spirit she co-founded Kokito, a gift shop that celebrates Canadian design and lakeside living in Bloomfield, Ontario.

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.