|Vincent Aloyo - As an undergraduate at Cornell University, Vincent Aloyo was introduced to beekeeping by Prof. Roger Morse and has kept honeybees since that time, in New York, Tennessee, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, as well as in The Netherlands. He co-designed and taught a beekeeping short course as a member of the Memphis, TN Beekeeping Club, and has served as an apiary inspector in both Tennessee and Pennsylvania. Currently, he teaches undergraduate beekeeping courses at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA, and at Temple University, Ambler, PA. He also teaches continuing education beekeeping courses (Introductory Beekeeping, Queen Rearing, etc.) at both schools. In addition, Vince has a long-standing involvement with apiculture education at some local schools and has been an invited speaker at beekeeping clubs, nature centers and civic groups. Vince is a member of the Montgomery County Beekeepers’ Club, the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers’ Association and a life member and Master Beekeeper of the Eastern Apicultural Society.|
|Lindsay Barranco works as a Maryland Department of Agriculture regional apiary inspector and serves 4 counties in the state. She is past-president of the Anne Arundel County Beekeepers Association and coordinated the Association’s annual beginner beekeeping short course, in addition to mentoring beekeepers and speaking to numerous community groups about honey bees. Lindsay enjoys speaking with new beekeepers and assisting them in trying to figure out what is happening inside the hive. Lindsay says “though I have been a beekeeper for over 10 years, I still remember what it is like to be a confused beginner and not know what I’m looking at exactly on those frames of bees – every hive inspection is an opportunity to learn a bit more.”|
|Ann Breinig is a mixed media artist. She double majored in Spanish and art at Millersville University and, after graduating, became a Spanish teacher. Since she retired from teaching in 2009, she has dedicated herself to continuing her art and creating art fulltime. Her continuing art development includes seminars at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and workshops from professional artists that she admires. She has participated in 7 group shows in the Delaware Valley. She grew up in Lititz, Pa and has also lived in Valencia, Spain, and Denver, Colorado. She now resides in Dresher, Pa. Her paintings are primarily mixed media and encaustic, incorporating her art with her original photography, found papers and objects. These papers and objects come from a lifetime of collecting natural materials, as well as others items that she finds personally significant.|
|Jeff Burd has been a hobbyist beekeeper for nearly ten years. He is the immediate past president of EAS; the current First Vice President of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association and is in his second year as president of the Mercer County Board of Agriculture. Jeff became an EAS Master Beekeeper in 2015 at Guelph, Ontario.
Jeff grew up on his Grandfather’s farm near Pennington, New Jersey. He was a member of his local 4-H Dairy Club and showed his Holstein cows at county, state and national events. Currently, Jeff teaches an Introduction to Beekeeping class at Mercer County Community College twice each year. Jeff was also an assistant Instructor for the Rutgers Bee-Ginner class.
Jeff credits his beekeeping accomplishments to the mentoring of Tim Schuler and Bob Hughes; and the help of many close friends and family.
|Dr Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture Oregon State University. I spent 40+ years teaching, doing bee extension and bee research at Cornell (1967-70), University of MD (1970-1981) and University of DE (1981-2009). Since retirement I 2009, I spend 4-6 months each year in Bolivia where I keep Africanized bees, sometime on east coast giving bee schools and lectures and in Portland Oregon. I currently have 5 backyard colonies in Tigard OR where I resettled to be closer to 5 grandkids. My first EAS was 1967, have served as President, Director, Chairman of the Board, Chair of several Board committees and currently am Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program and helping organize SC and programs for 2016 (and 2017) EAS conferences.|
|DR Jeffrey Mark Cheskin - got his scientific training started in Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ and recieved his BS in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry in 1986. He then went on to Chiropractic Medical School at National in Chicago and recieved his doctorate in 1990. He has been in private practice in Delaware since 1990 and has always had a serious interest in the natural sciences, in outdoor sports, and in the outdoors in general (being members of Greenways, the Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy).
Currently, Dr Cheskin and his partner Terri, run and produce all wines (and hard ciders) at Liquid Alchemy Beverages. They plan on making this a full-time job... along with the appreciation of the honey-base, as a raw product and it's value to our economy.
|Don Coates, VM, a retired veterinarian beekeeper with 20 hives, is devoting study time and personal resources to explore the hidden world of beekeeping - anatomy, diagnostics and pollen. Introducing other beekeepers to the exciting, often basic, discoveries provided through microscopy has been a personally rewarding experience over the past three years. Don has accumulated a substantial number of pollen images for eventual publication. Monitoring Nosema and its enigmatic relationship to hive health has become a major focus. Searching for a clinical approach to evaluating colony health, he is developing a score sheet that applies number values to hive inspection elements. Using this protocol, he has organized a “field seminar” to dialogue with other beekeepers on this and other topics. Applying methods and concepts used in clinical practice of small animal medicine, he hopes to build on the existing knowledge base for evaluating hive health in order to improve survival rates. For more information see: www.citizensciencebeekeeping.com|
|Clarence H. Collison is an Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Emeritus Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Throughout his career he has taught beekeeping, trained graduate students, written numerous beekeeping publications and participated in many educational programs for the beekeeping community. He has served on the EAS Board of Directors several times and Chaired the EAS Master Beekeeper program from 1981-89 and 2000-2011. He writes the monthly column “A Closer Look” and prior to that "Do You Know?" for Bee Culture.|
|Lawrence Connor was born in Kalamazoo Michigan and earned his doctorate in honey-bee pollination of crops at Michigan State University. He has worked as Extension Bee Specialist at The Ohio State University, President of Genetic Systems, Inc. (which produced tens of thousands of instrumentally inseminated queens honey bees as well as the Starline and Midnite breeding stock), and now owns and operates Wicwas Press, specializing in publication of quality bee books. He relocated (from Connecticut) back to Michigan in April 2007 to continue growth of his publishing and writing activities. He has edited and published over two dozen books and recently written: Increase Essentials (2006), Bee Sex Essentials (2008), Queen Rearing Essentials, Bee-sentials: A Field Guide, Swarm Essentials (with Steve Repasky), Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (with Dewey Caron), Increase Essentials Second Edition and Mating Biology of honey bees (with G. and N. Koeniger and J. Ellis).
Connor is a monthly contributor to The American Bee Journal and to Bee Culture Magazine. He travels extensively and lectures on a wide range of subjects concerning honey bees, bee breeding, pollination and colony management.
|Deborah Delaney is an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware where she mentors graduate and undergraduate students working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity. She teaches Insects and Society, Apiculture and Pollination Ecology. She has over 20 years of experience working with pollinators, specifically honey bees and maintains between 25-60 colonies in the teaching apiary at UD’s Newark farm. Her research program has four main focal areas: 1) genetic identity and diversity of US honey bees 2) temporal stability of pollinator populations and 3) best management solutions for creating sustainable managed pollinator populations 4) pollinator nutrition and forage mapping.|
|Michael S. Embrey has now retired from the University’s department of Entomology but not from bees. Mike had worked with Dr. Galen Dively on projects looking into Imidicloprid sub-lethal interactions with bees and Small Hive beetle issues in the Mid-Atlantic area. Later, Mike trained for two years with Dr. Gordon Wordell, in Apiculture Extension and worked part time with a commercial beekeeper for the next three years. In 1996, Mike became program manager of the Eastern Shore Apiculture Program in Maryland where he continued his extension work, teaching beekeepers and working on developing IPM methods for bee pests. Mike is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association, the American Beekeepers Association, and the Eastern Apiculture Society. Mike has written articles for the American Bee Journal and Bees for Development. He has presented articles at Apimondia in 1999, 2003 and ‘05 and was invited to be a guest lecturer at the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2004 and at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia, 2006. Mike has been doing honeybee consulting work internationally since 2001 for Winrock International and ACDI/VOCA in the European countries of Bulgaria (2001, ‘04) and Serbia (2004-2006), Russia (2002, 04), in Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan (2001-2003), Jordan (2014) and in the Southeast Asian countries of Bangladesh (2001-2016) and Nepal (2015) where he was doing volunteer consulting work to help beekeepers develop their own modern methods of beekeeping and hygienic production of honey and marketing. Mike was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award 6 times for his hours spent in international development programs.|
|Jay Evans Since joining the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory as a Research Entomologist in 1998, Dr. Evans’ 140 research publications have focused on threats to honey bee health, from bacteria to mites, and on the ways bees and beekeepers can reduce these threats. He was an early proponent of the Honey Bee Genome Project and helped recruit and lead scientists interested in applied genomics for bees. Current projects involve searching for novel parasite and pathogen controls, improving bee immunity, and reducing the combined impacts of pesticides and disease. He has received the James Hambleton Bee Research Award from the Eastern Apicultural Society (2011) and the BA Early Career Scientist Award (2002). He serves on the Council of Fellows for the International Bee Research Association, and is an editor for several scientific journals. He holds an AB in Biology from Princeton and a PhD in Biology from the University of Utah. He has served as Research Leader for the BRL since October, 2015.|
|Kim Flottum is a former EAS Director from both CT and OH and held the office of Chairman Of The Board of EAS for two terms. He also served as EAS President twice. He was President of The Ohio State Beekeepers Association for three terms and his local Medina County Beekeepers Association. Before moving to Ohio he conducted honey bee research for the USDA and worked in University Extension at the University of Wisconsin. He has been in charge of Bee Culture magazine for just over 30 years, and has been keeping bees for nearly 40. He’s the author of, and has edited many books on bees and beekeeping at several levels. He lives near Cleveland Ohio with his wife Kathy, 15 chickens, lots of bees, a couple of cats and several pollinator and vegetable gardens out back.|
|John A. Gaut grew up on a dairy farm in Southwestern Pennsylvania and began beekeeping when he was 9 years old. One hive quickly grew to 12 colonies. John earned the Boy Scout Beekeeping Merit Badge. Both milk and the honey were sold on the family farm, making Gautland “the land of milk and honey.” John now works with the bees in Northern New Jersey, harvesting local honey and raising local queens.|
|Allen Hayes became an instant beekeeper in 1971 when a family friend gave him a colony of bees. They soon swarmed and freaked out not only his parents but also a not to friendly neighbor. Marriage and kids interrupted his beekeeping for a number of years but when he got back to it he quickly became Certifiably Bee Crazy. Always one to make or fix things, beekeeping fit in well with his mechanical ability. Known to many as “The Gadget Guy” he has created numerous unique items relating to beekeeping and he enjoys sharing those creations with others. Allen is probably best known in the Northeast for his talk ”Gadgets You Could Keep Bees Without, But Won’t Want To”. He is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper who has taught beekeeping classes for over fourteen years. A lifelong resident of Central Maryland, he is an active member of two local bee clubs and is the President of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association. He has also served on the EAS Board of Directors as the Director from Maryland.|
|Brielle Hermstedt is a Delaware resident and began beekeeping at the age of 13. Five years later, she continues to hold a passion for honeybees. Brielle has presented in Delaware and Maryland on a variety of topics including both biodynamic and basic beekeeping, honey extraction, and honeybee anatomy. In addition, she works with local schools giving lessons to classrooms of students ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. Brielle is currently working toward finishing her high school and college education with the goal of becoming an Exotic Large Animal Veterinarian and Rehabilitator.
|Earl Hoffman, with his wife Carol Hoffman, manage a 40 acre farm in SW Michigan. Earl & Carol have been beekeepers for over 25 years and normally run between 50-80 hives. Our business, Essential Honey Bees LLC, sells NUCS, raises buckfast queens from Canadian stock and pollinate organic vegetables. We are currently collaborating with microbiologists from lovely Milwaukee, WI. We have been performing field trials with bacteria, enzymes, yeast and fungi for over four years. Carol & I have been EAS Master Beekeepers since 2001.|
|Don Hopkins became interested in bees at the age of 5, when beekeeper Dave Pruden was also the bread delivery driver in his hometown. He didn’t get a hive until he was nine or ten, but he has kept bees almost continuously since then. As a youth beekeeper in the Morris County (NJ) Beekeepers Association he was inspired by New Jersey State Apiarist Jack Matthenius. Don later served as president of that same organization. Don started working for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in 1989 as a bee inspector. In 1994, he became the State Apiarist.
Don has been president of Apiary Inspectors of America twice: in 2000 and 2010. At EAS, Don is sometimes known as the Chief Bee Wrangler and has presented several workshops, primarily on bee diseases. His primary interest is honey bee health and biology, as well as the interactions between the bees and other organisms. Don has been on many volunteer projects to educate and learn from beekeepers in other countries. His trips to Bolivia have given him experience with Africanized Honey Bees and insight as to how the beekeepers there manage the bees.
|Edward Karle started beekeeping 12 years ago SW of Boston and was fortunate to find a mentor with 60 years of experience and 25 hives. Ed passed the EAS Master Beekeeper exams in 2015. Helping other beekeepers and new beekeepers in particular is what he likes to do best. Ed enjoys traveling and has worked with great beekeepers in Haiti, Taiwan, Switzerland, Austria, China, Thailand, Canada and Turkey. For over ten years he has regularly shared photo albums of his hive checks and teaching presentations.|
|Jennifer Keller is the Apiculture Technician at NC State University. Her multiple responsibilities include coordinating all of the field research in the Apiculture program (including queen rearing and instrumental inseminations), maintaining the Lake Wheeler Honey Bee Research Facility south of NC State’s main campus, and conducting numerous extension activities all across the state.|
|Faith B. Kuehn has served as Environmental Program Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries since 2001. Specific program responsibilities include nursery, apiary, noxious weeds, and invasive species. In 2006, the Department received a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant to catalog native bees in Delaware’s vegetable production areas, and work with farmers to establish bee conservation practices on their farms. In 2010, Faith began a project to develop a Community and Therapy gardens at the State’s Holloway Campus and Delaware Psychiatric Center. This project has grown to become Planting Hope Urban Farm, with a Campus Market, CSA, and Planting Hope Apiary. In 2015, she received a grant from the USDA to develop and implement Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan. Faith represents Delaware on the National Plant Board.
Faith received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Arizona in 1984, and an M.B.A from the University of Delaware in 1994. Before coming to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Faith worked as Museum Director for the Insectarium in Philadelphia; in Research, Development, Marketing, and Technical Support positions within E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.’s Crop Protection Division.
One of Faith’s consuming interests is exploring connections between art and the science of insect life. This involves investigating art that reflects the structure, function and cultural connections of insects, with a special emphasis on insect jewelry.
|Kelly Kulhanek is a Ph.D student at the University of Maryland vanEngelsdorp
Bee Lab studying honeybee health and management practices. She has a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley where she worked with native bees as a research assistant in Claire Kremen’s lab. She then spent a field season with the USGS in North Dakota studying honeybee health and landscape change and became completely hooked on honeybees. She is interested in studying honeybee health on a nationwide scale through the Sentinel Apiary Project. She also hopes to help develop and field validate best management practices to improve colony health and survival. She enjoys working with the Bee Informed Partnership and beekeepers to make a lasting impact on the ways we manage and support honeybees and agriculture.
|Frank Licata is the Operations Manager for Mann Lake LTD at their facility in Wilkes-Barre PA. In addition to running the store and warehouse, Frank teaches beekeeping classes for beginner through experienced beekeepers in their learning center. Frank is a certified EAS Master Beekeeper, and frequently does talks to beekeeping groups at conferences, universities and beekeeping clubs throughout the country, as well as mentoring local beekeepers. In his spare time, he also runs a sideline beekeeping business consisting of 100 hives, from which he sells honey, lotions and other products from the hive.|
|Tammy Horn Potter started Coal Country Beeworks in 2008, working with surface mine companies to get more habitat in Eastern KY. In 2014, Tammy became the KY State Apiarist. In this role, she has worked with Green Forests Work to receive a NRCS Conservation grant (reforestation with nectar/pollen producing trees), a USDA-APHIS Honey Bee Health Survey grant, and helped initiate a queen production association in KY. She was the 2014 President of EAS and author of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation and Beeconomy: What Women and Bees teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets (both published by University Press of Kentucky). Tammy currently serves EAS as the EAS representative to the Honey Bee Health Coalition.|
|Stephen Repasky is a second-generation beekeeper living in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society and is also the current President of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, president of Burgh Bees, and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation. He is also an active member of the Keystone Queen Breeders Cooperative and is a member of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research Advisory Board and the Pennsylvania State Apiary Advisory Board. Stephen manages approximately 100 colonies and is involved in honey production, queen rearing and the selling of nucleus hives each summer to those interested in starting or expanding their own beekeeping adventure. He had his first book published by Wicwas Press in 2014 entitled "Swarm Essentials" and can be found teaching beekeeping classes in the Pittsburgh area and presenting lectures on a variety of beekeeping topics at local clubs and many regional and national conferences around the United States.|
|Sarah Red-Laird "Bee Girl" is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. She is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Aside from running the Bee Girl organization’s six programs, Sarah is the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a New York Bee Sanctuary Advisory Board member, is an active member of the Northwest Farmers Union, the Western Apicultural Society’s Oregon Director, and the Regional Representative for the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.|
|Thomas D. Seeley, biologist and writer, is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior, social life, and ecology of honey bees. Tom is an avid beekeeper and began keeping bees while a high school student, when he shook a swarm into a box and brought it home. His scientific work is summarized in four books: Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), Honeybee Democracy (2010), and Following the Wild Bees (2016).|
|Bart Smith has enjoyed working with honey bees for over 40 years; during that time, he specialized in bee diseases, parasites and pests that affect honey bee health. He received an MS degree in entomology from the University of Maryland where he investigated the bee louse, Braula coeca, a wingless fly that is found only on honey bees. While at the University, Bart began working for the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and became the State Apiary Inspector for 27 years. After leaving the MDA, he worked as a support scientist at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. His duties at the Bee Lab included running the bee disease diagnostic lab, and he had overall responsibility for the 400 honey bee colonies maintained by the BRL for research purposes. After 13 years, he retired at the end of 2015. Bart currently resides with his wife Rosemary in Maryland except when they are traveling around the country in their motorhome.|
|Capt David G Smith USN Ret. EAS Master Beekeeper EAS MB|
|Landi Simone is a small-scale commercial beekeeper in northern New Jersey, owner of Gooserock Farm in Montville, Morris County. She manages about 100 colonies of bees, producing prize-winning premium varietal honeys, artisan honey spreads, beeswax cosmetics and handmade beeswax soaps.
A familiar figure at EAS, Landi is a certified Master Beekeeper since 2004 and currently serves as both the Master Beekeeper Director and the Chair of the Certification Committee. She has given numerous talks and workshops at EAS over the years and teaches an annual short course in beekeeping in New Jersey. Landi is an active member of the NJBA, and has held several offices in the organization.
A retired consulting engineer with degrees from Columbia and Rutgers, Landi finds her second career in apiculture every bit as challenging as engineering and a lot more fun. As her photo shows, she loves getting chummy with her bees but just can't get them to stop tickling!
|Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Her research efforts focus on breeding bees for their natural defenses against diseases and parasites, and on propagating floral rich and pesticide-free landscapes to support the nutrition, health and diversity of all bee pollinators.|
|Nathalie Steinhauer is a current PhD candidate in Dennis vanEngelsdorp’s lab at University of Maryland, department of Entomology. She graduated with a Master in Biological Sciences from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and with a Master Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London, UK. Her PhD project’s objectives are to apply epidemiological approaches to honey bee health and identify best management practices associated with reduced colony mortality.
As part of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), Nathalie has been primarily responsible for organizing and leading the effort of the analyses of the National Honey Bee Colony Loss and Management Surveys for the past 4 years. She has collaborated in the publishing of the Loss Survey results in peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Apicultural Research & Apidologie) and is currently working on the Management portion of the survey with the intention of graduating in August 2017.
|Cliff Sunflower is an EAS master beekeeper (1986), environmental educator, storyteller and performer. He annually provides an assembly/workshop program for schools and groups over 125 days each year throughout a 5state region from his base in Bath (Lehigh Valley) PA. His program Dancin’ with the Bees (which he presented at 2007 EAS and will repeat this year) brings the scientific magic of the honey bee hive to life. His second program Earth’s Journey is about a mythical Native American people 10,000 years ago celebrating the Winter’s Solstice. He and wife Lois own Bear Honey Farms in SE PA with internet sales of honey pollen and a large selection of candles.|
|Dr. James E. Tew is the Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University. Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior - specifically pollination behavior. In 2000, he received the first EAS Roger A. Morse Teaching/Extension/Regulatory Award. He contributes monthly articles for national beekeeping publications and has written: Beekeeping Principles, Wisdom for Beekeepers, The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver, and Backyard Beekeeping. He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques.|
|Ray Walker keeps bees in northern DE near White Clay Preserve. He operates a Certified Naturally Grown apiary using natural beekeeping methods and integrated pest management practices. Ray’s focus is sustaining healthy bee colonies, mentoring new beekeepers/students and collaborating with citizen science project teams. His interests include queen rearing and non-invasive colony monitoring using smart hives scales, brood monitoring devices and IR thermographs. Ray is a member of EAS, DE & PA beekeepers associations, the Mid-Atlantic Natural Beekeepers group and the National Phenology Network.|
|Jon Zawislak is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. He has worked and played with honey bees since 1998, and is equally at home in the bee yard, the laboratory or the classroom. Each year he teaches workshops and short courses for new and experienced beekeepers throughout Arkansas and beyond. His teaching emphasizes understanding the biology and behavior of our busy little friends, and keeping them healthy while minimizing pesticides in their hives. He also tries to spread the word about the importance of pollinators to the non-beekeeping public. Jon has a background in botany and entomology, and became an EAS Master Beekeeper in 2009. He and his family operate Walnut Valley Honey Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas, producing good products from the hive, and supplying pollinators for area community gardens.|
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