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Bees By the Sea
EAS 2001
CAPE COD Massachusetts
August 6-10, 2001

Speaker Profiles

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Speakers are listed alphabetically by last name. The codes after each speaker's name indicates which section of the conference they will be speaking in. Speakers with "SC" will be presenting in the Short Course, "SYMP" indicates symposia presentations, and "WKSHP" indicates workshop presentations.

Photo: Kim FlottumKim Flottum, (SC, SYMP) EAS Board Chairman, Medina, OH.

I have been the Editor of Bee Culture Magazine, published by the A.I. Root Co. for the past 15 years. I have traveled extensively in this position, visiting a variety of hobby, sideline and commercial beekeepers, recording their secrets for making their jobs easier, faster, and more efficient. I have also spent considerable time in the retail grocery industry and have focused many of my magazine's articles on how to sell more honey at every level...home sales, roadside stands, farm markets and in the commercial market using the latest marketing ideas and techniques. I am a hobby beekeeper with 5 colonies (usually), and live in Medina, Ohio. I was President of EAS in 1995, the Year Of The Hive when it was in Ohio, and was elected Chairman of the Board two years ago.

Steve Forrest, (WKSHP) Moravian Falls, NC - Brushy Mt Bee Farm, Inc.

Photo: Maryann FrazierMaryann Frazier, (SC, SYMP) Extension Associate, Penn State University.

As a senior extension associate at Penn State I have responsibilities in the areas of apiculture extension, public science education and teaching. My current extension activities focus on a regional collaboration (MAAREC; The Mid-Atlantic Research and Extension Consortium) with researchers and other extension specialists in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our goal is to develop an IPM approach for the management of honey bee diseases and mites, and to improve information transfer techniques through traditional and innovative methods. My current teaching responsibilities include team teaching a three credit undergraduate course "The Insect Connection" and a three credit course for Teachers "Bug Camp for Teachers." Current outreach activities include the coordination of the following annual events: The Great Insect Fair, Bug Camp for Kids, Advanced Bug Camp for Kids and Bug Camp for Teachers. I also have a web page at Penn State.

Photo: Jan GaglioneJan Gaglione, (SC) Peabody, MA - Crystal Bee Supply

I am partner "in crime" with Vinny Gaglione. I took my first beekeeping course at Essex County in the mid 1990s. Vin and I were chosen Beekeepers of the Year in 1997 by the Massachusetts State Beekeepers Association. I am a Life Member of the Eastern Apiculture Society and have taken the EAS short course as a refresher. I am a member of the Essex County and Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut State Beekeepers Associations, as well as the American Beekeeping Federation. Recently, Vin & I attended their the ABF conference in San Diego, California and I also attended the Apimondia in Vancouver in 1999. Vin and I deal in bee supplies for the local hobbyist beekeepers and assist them in getting started in beekeeping. Our supply business had the pleasure of suppling all the bee materials for the 2001 EAS Short Course.

Photo: Vin GaglioneVincent "Vinny" Gaglione, (SC, WKSHP) Crystal Bee Supply, West Peabody, MA.

I am a member of the Essex County and Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut State Beekeepers Associations. I took the Essex County Beekeeping course in the early 1980s. Jan and I were chosen Beekeepers of the Year in 1997 by the Massachusetts State Beekeepers Association. I am a Life Member of the Eastern Apiculture Society and have taken the EAS short course as a refresher. I am a member of the American Beekeeping Federation and attended their most recent conference in California and I also attended the Apimondia in Vancouver in 1999. Jan and I deal in bee supplies for the local hobbyists and try to assist their getting started in beekeeping. I currently have about 80 hives for honey, beeswax and pollination. Our supply business had the pleasure of suppling all the bee materials for the 2001 EAS Short Course.

Cathy Griggs, (SC) Ithaca, NY.

I am wife and number one fan of Mike Griggs (President EAS 2002). I am co-owner with Mike of White Dog Apiary. I am a middle-school life-science teacher and a computer technology trainer teaching teachers how to integrate technology into their classrooms. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Marine biology from Florida Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Education from Elmira College and am pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration at SUNY Cortland. I have been interested in insects since my 4-H insect collection and became interested in bees specifically when I met my husband Mike in 1988. We are supported in our beekeeping efforts by our 7-year old daughter Sarah and her special grandparents John and Mary Clemons. GO NY 2002!

Mike Griggs, (SC) USDA Entomologist, Cornell University.

I am entomologist/support scientist for USDA, Plant Protection Research Unit located at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I have a BS degree in Botany and a Masters degree in Entomology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, NY. After college, I served three years in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, North Africa. Prior to my departure for the PC position I completed an intensive beekeeping and cross-cultural training program with Dr Elbert Jaycox at Las Cruces, NM. I manage 20 bee hives and work with a commercial beekeeper part-time. I am current President of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association and will be EAS 2002 President for the meeting to be held in Ithaca, NY. Along with my wife Cathy I run White Dog Apiary (with supervision from daughter Sarah, age 7).

Rollin Hannan, Jr., (WKSHP) Southbury, CT.

I am a graduate of Cornell University with an Agriculture Degree and the President of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association. I have had the pleasure of studying with Roger Morse and working with commercial beekeeper Andy Card. I am employed with State of Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station and run 350 hives and nucs and it is my goal to increase my operation to 2,000+ colonies. I am currently raising New World Carniolan, Russian and Starline queens.

Photo: Ann HarmanAnn Harman, (SC, SYMP, WKSHP) EAS Master Beekeeper, Flint Hill, VA.

Although I wanted to keep bees my entire life, I did not have any until I was presented with a swarm well over 20 years ago. At that point I realized that I knew nothing about bees. Fortunately I met Ernest Miner of Maryland who was an equipment dealer and beekeeper. Together we attended the apiculture courses at the University of Maryland, taught by Dr. Dewey Caron. That was the smartest beekeeping thing we ever did. From there I entered the world of local and state beekeeping associations, and particularly the Eastern Apiculture Society. In 1981, the first year of the Master Beekeeper program, I became an EAS Master Beekeeper, along with Ernie Miner and Bob Cole. I have held offices in local, state, regional and national beekeeping organizations and also put my Master Beekeeper status into good use teaching Short Courses, not only at EAS but at other organizations. My bees may feel neglected from time to time since I travel to developing countries (13 countries, 25 assignments) to help them bring their beekeeping into the modern world. At present my hives make a teaching apiary on a Virginia farm whose programs are designed to teach youth - junior and senior high school age - stewardship of the land.

Mac Hedgpeth, (WKSHP) Charlestown, RI.

I am the owner of Hedgepeth Apiaries and breed Northern Queens, participating in Russian/Carniolan breeding program. I provide nucs and queens for area beekeepers.

Don Hopkins, (SC) NC Apiary Inspection Supervisor, Snow Camp, NC.

I have been interested in bees for as long as I can remember. It was my good fortune to be encouraged in this endeavor by our local bakery driver, EAS member Dave Prudden. I was about 10 when I was able to get my first hives of bees having already joining the New Jersey Beekeepers Association. I attended my first EAS meeting in Wooster Ohio in 1978 and was hooked.Two years later I had the privilege of assisting in the planning of the Rutgers EAS. In 1988 I moved to North Carolina to marry the woman of my dreams and also found the job of my dreams. As a youngster, I had always been fascinated by the work of our bee inspector Jack Matthenius and knew I wanted to do that kind of work. In 1989 I became a bee inspector for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Since 1995 I have assumed the duties of N.C. State Apiarist.

Photo: Zachary HuangDr. Zachary Huang, PhD., (SYMP) Assistant Professor of Entomology, Michigan State University

I started beekeeping in 1982 in China before coming to North American for my graduate degree. I obtained my Ph.D. with Dr. Gard Otis from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. My dissertation was on the influence of social conditions on the glands that produce royal jelly and the interactions between adult and larval worker bees. I then did research on mechanisms regulating honey bee social behavior at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with Dr. Gene Robinson. In November 1998 I became the apiculturist at the Michigan State University. I have responsibilities in all three areas: extension, teaching and research. I am the webmaster of a popular web site on bees, www.cyberbee.net and teach two courses (insect physiology, and apiculture and pollination). Current research topics include: cloning the sodium channel genes of the Varroa mite to determine if mutation of this gene is responsible for mite resistance to pistan, effect of Nosema apis on worker behavior and physiology, effect of transgenic pollen on health of honey bees and as possible agents for pest control, and the role of melatonin in regulating social behavior in honey bee workers. I have invented a new device for Varroa mite control and information will soon be available at www.mitezapper.com.

Photo: Tony JadczakAnthony Jadczak, (SC, SYMP, WKSHP) Maine State Apiary Inspector, Augusta, ME.

I attended my first EAS Conference in 1979 at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada while employed as the apicultural technician for Dr. Radcliffe Roberts, Cook College, Rutgers University. During the 1982 EAS Conference held at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, Jack Matthenius, Past Chairman of the EAS Board and Matt Scott, EAS Pres 1983 suggested that I apply for the State Apiarist position with the Maine Department of Agriculture. I applied for the position and was hired in July 1983. Although inspecting Maine beekeepers' colonies is integral to my job, my biggest task is dealing with the thousands of colonies that come to Maine each year to pollinate the wild blueberry crop. Colonies from all over the U.S. arrive in May and I have a small window to inspect these colonies for pests and diseases. I also maintain my own colonies as a sideline beekeeper. Since 1983, I have served EAS in various capacities including as a member of the EAS Board of Directors from 1987-1999. In 1993, I served as EAS president. I am grateful to the many members of EAS (both living and deceased) who have been both friends and mentors to me during my career in apiculture.

Raymond Lackey, (WKSHP) Bohemia, NY.

I am an EAS Master Beekeeper and owner of Sweet Pines Apiary where I run 40 colonies for honey and wax production. CUrrently I am the President of Long Island Beekeepers Association and the Honey Bee Consultant to the North American Fruit Explorers. I am also a speaker for Long Island Speakers Association, as well as a contributor to Bee Culture Magazine.

Phil LaFlamme, (WKSHP) Ontario Beekeeprs Association

Jeff LaFleur, (SYMP)

I am the Executive Director for the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association. This organization supports and promotes the cranberry growers of Massachusetts through public relations, government affairs, environmental, and regulatory strategies.

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