2017 Speakers

2017 Speakers

EAS 2017 Speakers (Partial List)
aloyo 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.
 Alvarez Joe Alvarez - is the Chair of the Meadow Project Committee for the New Jersey Beekeepers Association (NJBA). With over 38 years in the landscape and nursery industry, Joe’s current research project is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant focused on the native beach plum (Prunus maritima) propagation as an added value crop. Joe is currently an Ag-Hort Program instructor for Cumberland County College and a former Master Gardener Instructor and Agricultural Program Assistant for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County.
Jennifer Berry Jennifer Berry - For the past 17 years Jennifer Berry has been the Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on keeping bees alive, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control. Jennifer’s extension duties include teaching beekeeping to people from all walks of life, including those in Central and South America, to those imprisoned in Georgia’s maximum security prisons. She is also passionate about educating the public about the importance of beneficial insects and is somewhat of a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine. On weekends and nights she operates Honey Pond Farm, a honey bee venture that sells quality nucleus colonies and teaches how to raise superior queens at her farm in Georgia.
bonoan Rachael Bonoan  is a Ph.D. Candidate who studies honey bee nutritional ecology in the Starks Lab at Tufts University. She is interested in how seasonal changes in the distribution and abundance of flowers (i.e. honey bee food!) affect honey bee health and behavior. Rachael is also the President of the Boston Area Beekeepers Association and enjoys communicating her research and the importance of pollinator health to scientists, beekeepers, garden clubs, and the general public.
 breinig 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.
bridgensr Denise Bridgens is a new beekeeper and President of the Lewes Beekeeping Club. This adventure began when Denise took a 5 week course in beekeeping at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosted by the University of Delaware during the winter of 2016 and became enamored with bees. Not finding an existing beekeeper to work with locally (for the sheer fun of it), she formed a club comprised of class members and neighbors. Together they purchased two hives and bees and along with their class instructor, started beekeeping at a local farm. Keeping the club going has been fun but challenging, working out investments, duties, schedules, insurance and legal issues, and pulling together a diverse group of people into a cohesive team. Denise has degrees from Rutgers and Drexel and runs a telecommunications company focused on teleconferencing, web conferencing, and custom collaboration services when not tending to her family, the club’s bees, or her dogs. Denise is a member of the Delaware Beekeepers Association, the Eastern Apiculture Society and the American Beekeeping Federation.
 brisson Janet Brisson and her husband Mike have been a self-sufficient family and organic farmers for over 30 years. In 1995 they were forced to become hobbyist beekeepers due to lack of pollination as bees were losing their fight against the insidious Varroa mites. Horrified to discover that even the most organic-minded beekeepers were driven to use some type of chemical to save their bees, the Brisson's researched and started building and using screened bottom boards along with intensive drone brood management to reduce their chemical use. After 10 years and various adaptations of Screened Bottom Boards they re-discovered using powdered sugar as an effective way of detaching Varroa mites and have been chemical free since 2005. One final modification of their screened bottom board to make using powdered sugar easy, the Brisson's developed their product, the Country Rubes Combo Screened Bottom Board, that has become nationally available to beekeepers.
“Healthy Bees & Environmentally Friendly Varroa Control.” Monitor and manage your hives, bees and varroa mites using screened bottom boards, powdered sugar, drone brood manipulations and Natural/Small Cell Foundation.
burd 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.
 burns David Burns - is a full-time beekeeper and owner of honeybeesonline.com (Long Lane Honey Bee Farms). He is an EAS certified master beekeeper  (2010). In addition to being a queen producer and a package bee provider he also produces beekeeping podcasts  and online lessons. He is also a vlogger on YouTube with over 1.5 million views on his beekeeping channel. He teaches beekeeping courses from his training center in central Illinois including his Beekeeping Institute. He also is the creator of the Winter-Bee-Kind, a winter feeding system.
burroughs A. Dean Burroughs - Certified Master Beekeeper, Maryland State Apiary Inspector (MD Dept. of Agriculture),Past President – Maryland State Beekeepers Association, Founder & Past President - Lower E. Shore Beekeepers Club, Third generation beekeeper, Has kept bees the past 32 years, BS Degree, U. of Tampa, 1963 – MA Degree Appalachian U., 1965, Retired (2003) after 31 years, as Associate Professor from Salisbury, University Department of Health and Sport Science
 Caron 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.
carpenters Kimberly and Ben Carpenter own and operate Hungry Bear Farms based out of Canandaigua New York. Hungry Bear Farms is both a beekeeping supply business but also a small commercial beekeeping business, with a goal of hitting 500-600+ hives later this year. This past winter, they over wintered many colonies in both Florida and New York; where they keep their northern queen breeding stock. Ben is a board member of the Empire State Honey Producers Association. Kimberly is the secretary and Ben is the President of the Ontario Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association. Currently both are in the process of becoming EAS Master Beekeepers and hope to finish their certification this year, 2016.
cheskin 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.
evans Katy Ciola - For the previous 9 year’s Katy has worked in the field of apiculture. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Florida and worked for several years as a certified African Honey Bee Technician. She completed her Master's thesis in Entomology at the University of Delaware in 2015. Her thesis focused on developing sustainable beekeeping managerial methods to reduce Varroa mite populations. In 2015 she received a grant from the Eastern Apicultural Society and Virginia State Beekeepers Association to conduct a citizen science field project with small scale and hobbyist beekeepers throughout the mid-Atlantic to test the effects of splitting as an effective tool for Varroa mite control.
cripps Christopher Cripps DVM - learned about bees when he completed the Boy Scout Merit Badge in Beekeeping on his way to Eagle Scout. While earning his BS at Cornell University, he took 3 beekeeping classes with laboratories. He worked as a bee inspector for Franklin and Delaware Counties in Ohio while in veterinary school at The OSU. After graduating in 1995, he moved to Greenwich, NY where he worked in Battenkill Veterinary Bovine as a food animal practitioner. He continued to keep bees, sell honey, and provide pollination while practicing. In 2012, Chris bought Betterbee with his partner from the veterinary practice. They soon brought in another veterinarian as a third partner. Betterbee sells beekeeping supplies, produces nucleus colonies and queen bees, and presents a number of classes to teach people about various aspects of beekeeping. Chris is the webmaster for the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium, a group dedicated to educating veterinarians about honey bees.
coats 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
collison 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.
Connor 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.
delaney 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.
droege Sam Droege grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland, received an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and a Master’s at the State University of New York – Syracuse. Most of his career has been spent at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs and works on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs. Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees along with online identification guides for North American bees at www.discoverlife.org, and reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program (https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bpp/).
embrey 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.
Eisen Karla Eisen was inspired very early in her beekeeping endeavors by some very wise beekeepers and embraced their ideas of a sustainable apiary. She brought the concept to her local bee club, the Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association, envisioning a sustainable bee club whose members could produce enough quality nucleus colonies to supply bees to Bee School students and club members instead of importing packages from afar. Using a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant she directed as a catalyst, she led the efforts that transitioned her bee club to adopt more sustainable beekeeping practices and maintain a successful nuc program for many years. She teaches beginning beekeepers as part of the Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium; gives selected talks to existing beekeepers; was a leader in the team whose work resulted in more beekeeper friendly zoning laws in her county; and was thrilled to receive her EAS master beekeeper certificate in 2015 on the first try. With the help of her husband she runs a (very) small sideline operation in the outskirts of Northern Virginia and is frequently found hanging around honey shows at beekeeping meetings.
Appalach 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.
flottum 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.
Fraszier Maryann Frazier received her B. S. in Agriculture Education from Penn State University in 1980. In 1983 she completed a Masters of Agriculture in Entomology, specializing in apiculture. She has worked as the assistant state apiary inspector in Maryland and for two years as a beekeeping specialist in Sudan and later in Central America. For the past 27 years she held the position of Senior Extension Associate in Penn State’s Department of Entomology and had responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She has worked collaboratively with members of PSU’s Center for Pollinator Research (CPR) to understand how pesticides impact honey bees and other pollinators. In addition she has worked with a team of CPR and Kenyan researchers to understand the impacts of newly introduced Varroa mites on East African honey bee subspecies and help Kenyan beekeepers become more productive. She has taught courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and has participated in the Entomology Department’s innovative public outreach program. While Maryann retired in 2016, she continues to participate in applied research and extension in Pennsylvania and East Africa. But mostly she enjoys spending time on her Mount Union farm with husband Jim, dog Seeley and as many honey bee colonies as possible!
JGaut 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.  
Hayes 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.
hermstedt 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.
Hoffman 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.
d hopkins photo 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.
Hossler Kathy Hossler is a hobby beekeeper with three hives, and is serving her second term as president of the Delaware Beekeepers Association. Kathy’s interest in bees began back in the 90s with a class in insect behavior, but she didn’t start keeping bees herself until five years ago when her kids gave up travel soccer and she got her weekends back. When not learning from her mistakes in the bee yard Kathy can be found teaching at Wesley College.
karle2 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.
keller 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.
kuehn 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. 
K.Kulhanek 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.
Licata 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.
Lindtner Peter Lindner  is originally from Czechoslovakia. He studied fruit culture at Rehor Medel University and began beekeeping with the German (black) bee. In the U.S. he studied plant biology at Perdue and finished a Masters at UD in Plant Science. He was the gardener for the DuPont estate at Brandywine River; he is an accomplished horticulturist with the espalier technique one of his specialties. Peter will be our tour guide at Nemours and the Dupont Chief Executive Copeland property of Mt Cuba. Peter is an outstanding photographer and there will be display of his materials in the Clayton Hall Lobby during our EAS meeting. He is a frequent bee club visitor and very active with the UD Lifelong Learning academy in Newark and Wilmington. His book Garden Plants for Honey Bees will be available at the meeting and don’t neglect to ask Peter for his autograph.
McConnell Meghan McConnell, originally from South Jersey, is in her second year of a Master’s degree in the vanEngelsdorp bee lab at the University of Maryland. She is currently researching chemical-free alternative treatments to control the honey bee parasite Varroa destructor. Meghan completed her undergraduate education in Environmental Science & Technology from the University of Maryland. At the University of Maryland, Meghan has participated in extension events to promote pollinator awareness in association with the student’s group PollinaTerps and the UMD Arboretum and Botanical Garden including evaluating the biodiversity of native bees both on campus and as part of a state-wide citizen science project. Find more on our current research at out lab’s website: www.vanengelsdorpbeelab.com . In previous years as part of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), Meghan has been responsible for organizing the Real Time Disease Load Monitoring Project. Find more on our wonderful team at BIP’s website: www.beeinformed.org
mamahon Timothy M. McMahon  has been an EAS Master Beekeeper for the past two years.  He normally runs 20+ hives and has an observation hive in his home.  Mr. McMahon has been the president of the Montgomery County Maryland Beekeepers Association (MCBA) for the past three years.  Mr. McMahon operates the club bee yard for the MCBA where the club does regular demos on hive manipulation, Varroa mite treatments, colony installation, and general hive inspections.  Mr. McMahon also does volunteer work for the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab where he collects native bees in the field, preps the bees for identification and does preliminary identification under the microscope of the bees.
mensch Laura Mensch has been the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Hydrologist for more than 10 years. She monitors the state’s shallow groundwater for pesticide residues. She is also the primary Data Steward for DriftWatch and BeeCheck. Mrs. Mensch conducts outreach on DriftWatch and BeeCheck for pesticide applicators and beekeepers to help raise awareness and protect sensitive crops and commodities.
mitchell Buzz Mitchell
Mid Atlantic Beekeepers Mid-Atlantic Natural Beekeepers is a new group formed to help develop members’ knowledge about natural beekeeping methods and best practices. Our focus is sustaining healthy colonies, advocating natural beekeeping methods, participating in citizen science research, and expansion of natural habitats to support the Mid-Atlantic region’s apiaries. "Certified Naturally Grown" (CNG) is a program that several of our members participate in, and is one of our main foundations for education and practice. Our greatest strength is in the ongoing collaboration and open discussion of our members, who come from DE, PA and NJ. As members of other local and regional beekeeping groups, we also aim to expand knowledge and practice of natural approaches.
nicolai Joseph Nicolai – As a child, he watched his grandfather take care of honeybees from afar and has been fascinated and yearned to care for bees ever since. After 22 years of service in the United States Air Force, Joe retired and with the help of his wife Theresa was able to purchase their first bees in 2014 and started Big Joes Honey. They specialize in the sale of honey and all-natural products such as soaps, body butters, beard balms, and such. Joe hopes to grow his apiary to over 100 hives within the next two years focusing on a sustainability program with queen and NUC production. He is a major supporter of small business and is working with several Kent County Delaware businesses bringing beekeeping awareness to the community along with specialized products. Joe is an adjunct professor at Wesley College, Delaware and thoroughly enjoys teaching to include beekeeping. It is not unlike him to have five or more people that he is mentoring at any given time. Joe recently served as Kent County Vice President of the Delaware Beekeepers Association, stepping down in 2017.
outten Ken Outten has been a beekeeper for 15 years. He is a science teacher and teaches A.P. Biology at Milford High School. Ken also runs two small farms where he raises 2 acres of strawberries and 30 acres of hay. Early in his beekeeping career queen rearing became a focus. This interest let to Nuc production. Ken normally runs 70 hive, makes honey, and sells 40 nucs annually. Ken spent three years as the President of the Delaware. Beekeepers Association
palmer Micheal Palmer - As a child, Michael spent most of his spare time outdoors, fascinated by the plants and insects and animals living in his suburban New York City environment. He escaped the city by going off to the University of Vermont, where he fell in love with the countryside, his future wife, and eventually the little bugs that we all hold so dear.
The first colonies of honeybees arrived in 1974 as package bees, and over the following twenty odd years, he built French Hill Apiaries into a farm of nearly a thousand colonies. About 1990, Acarine mites and then Varroa mites arrived in the bees. The result was not pretty. Beekeeping became way more difficult, and way more expensive. In 1998, Mike tried raising a few queens, wintering them in nucleus colonies. The results changed his beekeeping forever. Believing that quality should always trump quantity, a decision was made to cut back on the total number of production colonies in the apiary, and focus on raising the best queens possible.
Michael lives in St. Albans, Vermont with his wife Lesley, a cow named Meat, and Wilson, their Maremma Sheepdog. When not helping his crew manage the honey production colonies, or spending countless hours in the queen rearing apiaries, Mike travels the world teaching sustainable beekeeping to anyone who will listen.
preston Cybil Preston is the State Apiarist/Chief Apiary inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Started as a hobbyist backyard beekeeper in 1997. Became a regional Apiary Inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture in 2004. Former president of the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association. Continues to educate new beekeepers by teaching the short course for Susquehanna Beekeepers in conjunction with Harford Community College. Became an EAS certified Master Beekeeper in 2013 at West Chester College. In 2014 promoted to the State Apiarist position for the MDA and covers 10 counties in apiary inspection. In 2015 trained with the Maryland Department of Corrections and Public Safety along with her Dog Mack to become certified in American Foulbrood disease detection. Mack is the currently the only certified American Foulbrood detector dog in the United States. In addition to working her own honeybee colonies she enjoys spending time with her family including her dogs and donkeys.
DavePriebe Dave Priebe has been keeping honey bees with his wife Dorinda since 2003. Our beekeeping focus is on the health and perpetuation of our own stock in a small apiary context. They manage a subset of our colonies at a certified organic farm where we provide pollination services. After seven years of beekeeping I realized that my honey bee biology and beekeeping knowledge was not sufficient to assist and protect colonies in a focused way. Dave set a goal to become a Master Beekeeper using exam preparation as motivation to study intensely. In 2011, Dave became a Master Beekeeper, and has been assisting with the Master Beekeeper program since. Dave enjoys the natural world and consider myself a student of natural history.
Priebe Dorinda Priebe and her husband David are life members of EAS and are the very first New Hampshire residents to have become EAS certified Master Beekeepers. For the last four years Dorinda has chaired the EAS MB Oral Exam committee. Introduced to beekeeping at her paternal grandfather’s knees, Dorinda always knew she would have honey bees of her own. Her lifelong career as a Registered Dental Hygienist has developed a keen sense of observation and data recording. Refining her beekeeping skills for the last 15 years with a small home apiary and a pollination outyard, Dorinda is dedicated to education. Opportunity to mentor a bee club at her former High School, Merrimack Valley, serving as an Artist in Residence At Sanborn Regional High School, and most recently providing a week long Winterterm program at St. Thomas Aquinas private High School have been rewarding experiences. Dorinda is currently serving her state as EAS Director.
 TammyHorn  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.
Repasky 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.
BeeGirl 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.
Roccasecca Karen Roccasecca is the State Apiarist at the PA Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg, PA. She began working in the Apiary Lab with former State Apiarist Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp in October 2006, one month before Dave Hackenberg submitted his CCD samples. Karen and the PA Apiary Inspectors are currently working with several other states on early detection procedures for exotic honey bee pests.Karen is also a member of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research Advisory Board, the PA Apiary Advisory Board, and is the liaison for Bee Informed Partnership with Apiary Inspectors of America.
savoy Grace Savoy-Burke is a graduate student at the University of Delaware studying entomology. She is currently wrapping up her master's thesis looking at the diversity of native and introduced bees in woodlands of Maryland and Delaware. She will be continuing at UD as a PhD student in the Delaney lab.
Seeley 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 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.
smith David Smith became interested in bees while in grade school in Fort Wayne, Indiana. One of his teachers was a beekeeper and had an observation hive in the classroom. Noticing David’s fascination in watching through the glass he started an explanation of the bee activity inside the hive. He even taught David how to catch a bee from a dandelion bloom without getting stung. His family moved to a rural area in 1945 and David started an apprenticeship with a local beekeeper, winning his first of many Blue Ribbons in an annual 4H Fair in 1949. Recent awards include the following: Best of Show, EAS 2004, 7 Springs PA; Best of Show, EAS 2013, West Chester PA; Best in Show, MSBA Honey Show, 2013
He is a past-President of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association, a Life Member of both EAS and MSBA and an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper.
MSmith Micheal Smith is the 2017 EAS Student award winner.  Michael is a PhD student at Cornell University under Tom Seeley; both Tom and Michael will be on the 2017 EAS program. His recommendation for our student award was supported by Heather Mattila, our 2016 EAS Hambleton Award winner. He is only the second Cornell student to be recognized by EAS (as student winner) of 31 total (Gene Robinson was the first Cornell student awarded the student award 32 years earlier)
Michael was initially introduced to honey bees after a chance encounter with a Welsh Beekeeper at Atlantic College in 2005. He then went on to complete his undergraduate degree at Princeton.  His introduction to honey bee research began with Heather Mattila, at Wellesley College, where he worked summers as a research assistant. During his Cornell PhD, he has been supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant.
simone 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!
SPIVAK 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.
steinhaur 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.
sunflower 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.
tew 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.
Tigmor Keith Tigmor As an employee of Virginia Tech and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Mr. Tignor has worked closely with the beekeeping industry over the past 25 years. He participated in teaching, research, and extension activities in apiculture studies and insect physiology programs within the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech. Since 2000 he has served as the State Apiarist at VDACS. In this capacity he is the coordinator of the regulatory and assistance programs for beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Tignor has made numerous presentations to local, state, and national beekeeping organizations on honey bee management and organized classes and workshops on honey bee related programs. Recent initiatives begun at VDACS include training and promotion of queen and nucleus colony production, implementing new management techniques, and developing pollinator protection plans. His duties at VDACS also include organizing recruitment and education programs for beekeeping, coordinating conservation efforts for endangered and threatened plants and insects, and overseeing export of ginseng from the Commonwealth.
Wade Christopher Wade, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Delaware. Wade is currently the Environmental Program Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture Pesticide Section. Have been employed at the Department for 13 years. Before being promoted to the administrator Wade was a pesticide inspector within the section for 10 years.
Walker 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.
 wellemeyer Bob Wellemeyer - lives in Castleton, VA. During summers 1972-76 . Managed Rutgers University apiaries assisting NJ beekeeping short courses and judging NJ honey shows. B.S. Entomology Louisiana State University,1976. Worked for the USDA Bee Breeding and Stock Center, Baton Rouge under Dr. John Harbo. EAS Life member, President EAS 1996, VA director and delegate several times. Honey show judge for past EAS conferences and MD and NC, instructor for short courses and workshops, various beekeeping topics, including judging honey shows, field and lecture presentations on bee diseases, best management practices, floral sources and working with beeswax. Virginia Department of Agriculture 40+ years as Apiary Inspector Northern Region, served as Virginia State Apiarist,1990-95. Owner: Windsong Apiaries since 1985, providing pollination in Mid-Atlantic states, apples, blueberries, vine crops. Honey producer, small scale queen and nuc producer. Produce beeswax candles and Christmas ornaments for the holidays.
Wilson George Wilson came to bees from the vineyard and wine world. He’s always been interested in specialized agricultural and competitive pursuits. George’s affair with bees started in 2006 including casual observation of his wife’s hobby. A “flavor and quality guy”, he gravitated to honey and hive products. He now works at The Backyard Farm Apiary with his wife Karla Eisen. They raise nucs for sale and sell premium artisanal honey. During the season you’ll probably find him in one of their 5 bee yards. He’s judged locally, regionally, and internationally. He’s Chairman of the EAS Honey Show and is dedicated to excellence of honey, hive products, and their promotion.
Zawislak 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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