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2007 EAS Speakers
||Michael Badger, MBE, MA, Program Chair Stoneleigh Conference,
Master of Beeswax, Yorkshire, ENGLAND|
Michael is former Chairman and president of BBKA and the organizer for their big show
each spring in Stoneleigh. He is a hobbyist beekeeper in his home area of Yorkshire in
northern England. He is a popular speaker and a master at honey show entries and with
wax. He will help judge the International Honey show portion of EAS this summer. He is
a fascinating speaker with lots of practical information.
||Ben Bauer, PA/DE beekeeper, President EAS 2007|
Ben is the 2007 EAS president. He has been the EAS Board representative from DE for the
last 4 years. His daytime job, when not on his southeastern PA farm where he keeps some
of his dozen bee colonies is as a Partner in a Medical Marketing Consulting firm in
Kennett Square, PA. He started bees 10 years ago as a DE suburban beekeeper with
neighbors George & Doris Payne, DE Master Beekeepers, his mentors.
||Cindy Bee, GA Master Beekeeper, Volunteer coordinator EAS ‘06, Marietta, GA|
Cindy is owner operator of Bee’s Honeybee Removal Co and runs DillonBee apiaries in
Marietta GA. She works extensively with the beekeeping community as well as the general
public for bee education. She is past President of Metro Atlanta beekeepers and currently
serves on their board. After her duty as volunteer coordinator last year she gets to
"relax" this year – her trip is sponsored by the A.I. Root Co.
||Jennifer Berry, Apicultural Research Coordinator, Dept of Entomology, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA; Immediate Past President EAS|
Jennifer is actively involved in all aspects of the Georgia honey bee education and
research program. In addition to being an IPM specialist she has emphasized the queen
breeding program seeking stock resistant to mites. Jennifer has traveled extensively
to speak to bee groups in GA, the U.S. an even internationally. She gets to "relax"
this year and "enjoy" EAS after the excellent 2006 EAS she oversaw in GA during 2006.
||Jim Bobb, Pres PA Beekeepers Assoc, Lansdale, PA|
Jim is a horticultural and apiarian educator, researcher and writer. An accomplished
educator, Jim is a Penn State Master Gardener, teaches horticulture classes at the
Barnes Foundation and is an instructor at Longwood Gardens. He is a docent at many
of the arboretums and gardens in the Philadelphia area and berths his hives at
Morris Arboretum, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Academy of Natural
Sciences, Pennypack Trust, Wissahickon Valley Watershed and other public and
private gardens and orchards covering the five county area around Philadelphia. Jim
is the President of the PA State Beekeepers Association and has been elected the next
Chairman of the Board for EAS.
||Lisa Burley, MS Grad Student, VPI, Blacksburg, VA|
Lisa is from Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in spring 2003 with
a B.S in Natural Resources. She began her my master's degree with Dr Richard Fell of
2004 on the effects of miticides on the reproductive physiology of queens and drones.
In her spare time she quilts, plays guitar and likes to hike and bike (not that grad
students have much spare time). She expects to have completed her MS degree by EAS time
||Dean Burroughs, EAS Master Beekeeper, Salisbury, MD|
Dean is a EAS Master Beekeeper with some 22 years of beekeeping. Presently he is moving
from hobbyist to sideliner with about 200 colonies which he uses for honey production and
pollination. He is past-president of MD State beekeepers and was our host for the 2000
EAS meeting at Salisbury, MD where he was on the faculty of Salisbury State Univ for
31 years as PE, Health and Human Performance professor (retiring in 2003). He will be
in the apiary and will describe his journey into beekeeping on a commercial scale.
||Dewey M. Caron, Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware. SC & program Chair 2007 EAS, Chairman EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research|
Dewey is Past Chairman of EAS Board and a Past President of EAS. This will be his 40th
year of attending an EAS - most years being on the program. He revised the EAS Short
Course in 1980 and brought the MB program into EAS from Cornell. He is actively involved
in MAAREC (consortium of Mid-Atlantic bee associations + bee research and extension) and
Africanized honey bees. His textbook Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping remains popular and
is being used for OnLine Beekeeping courses from UD.
||Anita Collins, [ret], Researcher USDA Beltsville Bee Lab, Beltsville, MD (Reading, PA)|
Anita as first introduced to honey bees by Dr. Walter Rothenbuhler while doing graduate
work at Ohio State University, and received beekeeping training from Vic Thompson, of
course. After teaching for a year at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA, she was recruited by
USDA, ARS to study the behavior and genetics of colony defense, especially by Africanized
bees. During 12 years at the Baton Rouge Lab, she worked parts of 9 years in Venezuela,
with a trip to Africa to see these bees in their home territory. In 1988 she was
promoted to Research Leader of the Bee Research Unit, Weslaco, TX. At that time the
lab was monitoring the movement of AHB through Mexico, and into the US. She served as
ARS liaison to programs in Mexico, Texas, and for the Farm Bureau. In 1995 Dr. Collins
transferred to Beltsville and began research on the preservation of honey bee germplasm
(eggs and semen). She recently retired with 30 years of federal service, but will
continue to collaborate with the Beltsville group and The Pennsylvania State University.
||Clarence Collison, Chairman Dept of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University; author What Do you Know|
Clarence is head of the EAS Master Beekeeper program and serves on the EAS Board. He is
frequently a speaker at the EAS Short Course and on the Program. He was awarded the
Outstanding Research Contribution Award from Apiary Inspectors. In addition to the book
he is author of popular Bee Culture column “What do you Know?”
||Larry J. Connor, Owner Wicwas Press & Honey Bee Consultant, Co-EAS SC Program, author Increase Essentials, New Haven, CT|
Larry has been a leading educator in our field for over 25 years. He was Extension
Apiculturist at Ohio State, a queen breeder in Florida and currently publishes and
writes about bees from CT. He is a frequent program participant and has organized or
as this year co-organized the EAS Short Course numerous times. He travels extensively
to sell bee books and participate on bee association programs.
||Diana Cox-Foster, Professor of Entomology, Penn State University, Univ Park, PA|
Diana is Professor of Entomology specializing in insect pathology. She comes from a
family of beekeepers but did not get interested in bees until Scott Camazine came to
her 10 years ago with some interesting questions about bee diseases. She is leading the
CCD effort to see if a pathogen is involved in the fall/winter colony collapse disorder.
She is interested in bee interactions with varroa and virus diseases.
||Billy Davis, EAS Master Beekeeper, Purcellville, VA|
Billy graduated from Mississippi State and Jackson School of Law. A teacher, Insurance
Investigator and an Attorney, he returned to his roots, managing agricultural operations
in his home state and later in his adopted home, Virginia. Introduced to Beekeeping by
his Great Grandfather, later worked with his Dad and now is the third Sideline Beekeeper
in his family. Davis is an EAS Master Beekeeper, recipient of Virginia’s Langstroth Award
for Excellence and currently the EAS Director from Virginia. He is now working to
develop a regional Queen Project, Virginia based and sanctioned by the Loudoun
Beekeepers Association and the Virginia Beekeepers Association. He still holds a full
time job with a major Retailer. Practical Beekeeping for Beginners, a “formal nine week
class”, began in 1997 as a solitary effort to rebuild his home club and now with the
help of several former students, this course annually starts 100-140 new Beekeeping
members for their respective clubs. A viable pro-active club can truly rise from the
||Paul Dill, Sideline beekeeper, Wyoming, DE|
Paul is a DE beekeeper now offering spring nucs. He is past president of the DE
Beekeepers Association. He has been a frequent visitor to EAS, HAS and several honey
festivals in the eastern US. Paul will be helping EAS vendors this year and in a number
of other volunteer roles. He will discuss his mastery over beeswax and recently mead as
an outlet for his bee products.
||Michael Embrey, Ag Tech Supervisor/Extension Apiculturist, Univ of MD Wye Research & education Center, Wye, MD|
Mike is a University of Maryland and has worked for the UMD Department of Entomology with
Dr. Galen Dively since 1981 developing integrated pest management strategies for
agricultural crops. Mike trained for two years with Dr. Gordon Wordell in Apiculture
Extension and then worked part time with commercial beekeepers for the next three years.
In 1996, Mike became program manager of the Eastern Shore Apiculture Program in Maryland
where he continues his extension work and research on developing IPM methods for bee
pests and diseases. Mike is consultant on beekeeping overseas and an Apimondia presenter
in 1999, 2003 and ’05.
||Wayne E. Esaias, Research Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, and EAS Master Beekeeper, Howard County MD|
Wayne is past president of the Howard County Beekeepers Association, and
past Secretary of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association.
He is investigating the influence of climate change on the timing
of central Maryland nectar flows using scale hives and
satellite observations, and is coordinating a regional survey of nectar
flows by volunteer beekeepers in 2007.
||Jerry Fischer, MD State Apiary Inspector, Annapolis, MD|
Jerry has been a Maryland Apiary Inspector for 25 years and is now the full-time
inspector. He will be wrangling the bees at the UD apiary during short course.
||Kim Flottum, editor BeeCulture, Chairman of Board EAS, author Backyard Beekeeper, Medina OH|
Kim is our “retiring” EAS Chairman to be superceded at the 2007 meeting. He has been Bee
Culture editor for over 20 years and travels extensively to speak about bees and report
on beekeepers for his magazine. He has EAS in his blood and works tirelessly on our
||Maryann Frazier, Extension Specialist, Penn State University|
Maryann is both a teacher of teachers and beekeepers. She is active with outreach and
varroa mite education programs and most recently with Chronic Collapse Disorder of bees.
She brings a wealth of experience and success in SARE funded projects on bees and
||Betty Gilman, Sideline Beekeeper, Hartley, DE|
Betty is a 40 colony beekeeper who specializes in honey production. She also markets
value-added beeswax products and even cough syrup. She has had bees about 10 years.
Betty is keenly interested in raising queens and is planning to raise her own queens
this season. She just was elected Kent Co De Vice-President.
||Ernesto Guzman, Assistant Professor, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Guelph University, Guelph Ontario CANADA|
Ernesto is a relatively recent addition to the rich tradition of apiculture at Guelph.
He studied under Rob Page at Davis and worked in his native Mexico before coming to
Ontario. He is an expert on Africanized honey bees and genetics and behavior of AHB
plus varroa mites as well as defensive behavior in honey bees. He brings a tri-country
flavor to his beekeeping knowledge and his talks are always very informative and
||Ann Harman, EAS Master Beekeeper, Vice-Chairman EAS Board of Directors, Flint Hill, VA|
Ann started as a research chemist, but got into bees at UMD and has created a second
career as an International Consultant, teaching beekeeping skills and modern management
techniques in 26 Third-World countries on 5 continents. She is an EAS Master Beekeeper
and frequent Bee Short course teacher and association lecturer. She is a Certified Honey
Judge, Wales, UK , Beekeeping Institute and frequent honey judge in the U.S. You can
read her monthly column in Bee Culture; she publishes regular articles for
Beekeepers Quarterly, and Bee Craft. She has been vice-chairman of EAS
for several years and a past president.
||Heather Harmon, Nursery Inspector technician, DE Dept Ag, Dover, DE|
Heather is Entomologist with Delaware Dept of Agriculture. She is a native Delmarvan
(land between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays). She has an MS degree from Towson
University in Environmental Sciences. Before joining DDA last year she worked for
Univ of Maryland, Entomology Dept for 6 years on Effects on non-target organisms.
She is responsible for data collection and bee ID in the SARE funded Farming for
||Allen Hayes, EAS most recent Master Beekeeper, Mt. Airy, MD|
Allen is currently the President of the Howard County Beekeepers Association one of the
strongest local associations in Maryland where each spring he and others teach about 30
new beekeepers. He has been on the board of directors of the Carroll County Beekeepers
Assoc., The Maryland State Beekeepers Assoc. as well as EAS and he remains an active
member in all four organizations. Helping Newbees get started is one of his favorite
||Don Hopkins, Apiary Inspection Supervisor, NC State Dept Ag & Consumer Services, Raleigh, NC|
Don is State Apiarist in North Carolina. He started with bees in NJ as a youngster before
moving to NC as apiary inspector. He has been active with Partners of Americas in
beekeeping development in Haiti and Bolivia as well as Kazcistan. He is active with
Short courses and workshops and helped train new NC beekeepers with the Golden Leaf
Project (funds from tobacco settlement used to establish new beekeepers).
||Lisa Jagr, National Honey Board, Longmont CO|
||Faith Kuehn, Plant Industries Administrator, DE Dept of Agric. Dover, DE|
Faith is the Plant Industries Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
She is responsible for Apiary, Nursery Inspection, Noxious Weed, Cooperative Agricultural
Pest, and Seed Inspection and Certification programs. Faith also serves as Chair of the
Delaware Invasive Species Council. An entomologist by training, she has a strong
interest in sustainable agriculture and insect conservation. Before coming to the
Delaware Department of Agriculture, Faith worked in R&D for private industry, and was
Director of the Philadelphia Insectarium.
||Frank Marro, beekeeper, MD, Middletown, DE|
Frank is a novice beekeeper who, when not practicing medicine in Dover, tends his hives
on his farm in Townsend, Delaware. With the mentoring of John Tulloch, he has
successfully overwintered all seven of his hives. He will be speaking on the
pathophysiology of bee stings, and differentiating between envenomation and allergic
||Chuck Mason, Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology (one-time beekeeper), University of Delaware, Newark, DE|
Chuck is currently professor of Entomology at the University of Delaware. He has
conducted research focused on ecology and management of the European corn borer, a
major pest of several crops in addition to corn, for the past 30 years. In 1982,
he published a paper on honey bees foraging for corn pollen and has maintained an
interest in the influence of corn pollen on honey bees and other insects over the
years. He taught beekeeping from 1976-1981.
||Heather Mattila, Post-Doc Researcher Cornell University (Tom Seeley lab), past student EAS award recipient (Guelph Univ)|
Heather completed her PhD in 2005 at the University of Guelph
(Guelph, Ontario, Canada), where her research focused on the influence of
pollen diet on the development of honey bee colonies. During her graduate
work, Heather was honored to be the recipient of EAS's Graduate Student
Award in 2003 and to speak about her research at their annual meeting in
2004. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in Tom Seeley's lab at
Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) and is studying the effects of
genetic diversity on the foraging success and productivity of honey bee
||Robert Mitchell, DE Apiary Inspector, Dover DE|
Bob started keeping bee colonies in 1971 to pollinate the vegetables grown for the family
farm market in the beach area (Lewes) of Delaware. He joined the Delaware Department of
Agriculture in 1985 as state apiary inspector. He is anticipating return to the
vegetable production of the family farm next season with retirement from the state
||Bill Mondjack, EAS Master Beekeeper, Whitehall, PA|
Bill has had an interest in photography all his life. He was a U.S. Army photographer/lab
tech. in Viet Nam - 1966-67 and finished his military obligation at Fort Lee, VA as a
post photographer. Along with his wife Carol, Bill ran a wedding photography business
for 33 years. Bill is an EAS Master Beekeeper, and has had 5 of his photos published
on the cover of Bee Culture magazine. He enjoys keeping bees and macro photography
which will be what he will cover in his informative workshop at EAS
"Introduction to Macro-photography".
||Robin Mountain, Dadant Supply dealer, HAS 2007 organizer, Frankfort, KY|
Robin, a member of a well known beekeeping family in South Africa, first came to the US in
1982. He worked for queen breeders Weavers in Texas and Kona in Hawaii and for a
beekeeper in Colorado on his 2 year visa permit. Returning back to South Africa, the
family business suffered with having to deal with cape bees so Robin sought to return
to US beekeeping. He did return to the US in 1999 to work for Strachan Apiaries in CA
and then as Extension Associate in Apiculture at Kentucky State University. He now sells
bee supplies and runs a tour service to his native South Africa. He will enlighten us
about cape bees at EAS, a “vacation” break shortly after he hosts HAS this summer in
||Nancy Ostiguy , Associate Professor of Entomology, Penn State, Univ. of DE|
Nancy’s interests are in the area of sustainable and organic agriculture. Her research
focus is on environmental consequences of pest control strategies, including
non-pesticidal approaches to pest control (IPM), pesticide residues in foods and other
products, risk communication, and sublethal effects of pesticides on non-target
organisms. Nancy was introduced to honey bees by Diana Sammataro when Diana was
counting mites on sticky boards. Nancy has been working on IPM tactics to control
varroa mites since 1999 and since 2002 collaborating with Diana Cox-Foster on the
epidemiology of honey bee viruses and the interactions between varroa mites and
||Bill Owens, GA Master Craftsman Beekeeper, Monroe, GA|
Bill was active at past EAS as Vice President of EAS 06. He is a past president of the
Georgia Beekeepers Association and the Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers Association. Bill is
owner and operator of Owens apiaries, and an experienced bee remover. He is a fire
fighter and UGA honey bee lab assistant and excellent educator in all aspects of
||Mike Palmer, commercial beekeeper, President VT Beekeepers Assoc, VT|
Mike keeps 800+ bee colonies in Northern VT (Champlain Valley including the Champlain
Islands) and upper New York State. He raises queens and is producing nucs plus sells his
premium light-colored honey. He is testing the overwintering of nucs when not sking
during the winter months. He and his wife keep warm in St Albans area with their blue
||Doris Payne, EAS Master Beekeeper, Hockessin, DE|
Doris is both an EAS Master Beekeeper and a DE Master Gardener. She is a retired school
teacher and although she and George have now passed their bee colonies on to a new
beekeeper, was active with bee management at the Nature Center apiary they maintained.
They wer major volunteers for the 1997 EAS in DE and expect to see Doris and George
helping again in 2007.
||Dave Peregmon, Pennsville, NJ [woodworking wizard]|
Dave has made woodworking and beekeeping into a sideliner career. With a portable
sawmill he is surrounded by the elements he loves- Wood and Bees! Come listen to Dave’s
workshop on the ins and outs of making and/ or assembling bee equipment that will
last! Dave is a Certified Hand Physical Therapist with keen interest in preventing
injuries during woodworking and beekeeping. He enjoys teaching these hands-on skills.
Find out why Dave was born fifty years too late!
||Jeff Pettis, Lab Chief, USDA Beltsville Bee Lab, Beltsville, MD|
Jeff is now the Head of the USDA Beltsville Bee lab and also a prolific researcher
working on practical solutions. He is no stranger to EAS – he was the EAS student
award winner and in 2004 we recognized him with the Hambleton Award. He is helping
to lead the CCD task force and the USDA bee nutritional study of bees moved to almonds
||Freddie-Jeanne Richard , North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC|
Freddie-Jeanne Richard is researcher in the Entomology Department and a member of the W.M.
Keck Center for Behavioral Biology at North Carolina State University. Together with
Christina Grozinger and David Tarpy, Freddie-Jeanne received a 2006 EAS Foundation grant
entitled “Effect of queen mating number on supersedure rates in honey bee colonies”.
Freddie-Jeanne is originally from France, and completed her PhD studies on nestmate
recognition, aggression, and chemical ecology in ants, and has conducted field research in
Cameroon, Panama and French Guyana. Since August 2005, she has been a post-doctoral
researcher with Christina Grozinger at NCSU, and has been enjoying working with honey
bees and the honey bee community.
||Diana Sammataro, Researcher USDA, Tucson AZ, author Beekeepers Handbook|
Diana is a mite/tick specialist with a degree from Ohio State University. She was a
Peace Corps volunteer where she realized the need for a how-do book about beekeeping.
Her Beekeepers Handbook (with Avitiable of CT) remains very popular and an excellent
means of learning/improving beekeeping skills. She was a Post-doc at Penn State and for
last few years recently Bee Researcher at USDA lab in Tucson.
||Kristi Sanderson, EAS newest Master Beekeeper, Oleathe, KS|
Kristi is one of two new EAS Master Bee keepers. She enjoys showing honey at honey
shows and has won the sweepstakes award many times at the Kansas state fair. She
started keeping bees after a professor in college gave her a copy of Ed Weiss' book
"The Queen and I" . She is an active member of the Northeast Kansas Beekeepers and
Kansas Honey Producers.
||Ken Schramm, fruit grower & master mead maker, Detroit, MI; author The Compleat Meadmaker|
Ken was profiled in BeeCulture. He works in television production in Michigan but his
passion is fruit growing and making mead, both of which he is master. His book The
Compleat Meadmaker is a great buy with easy to understand and complete approach to
making perfectly drinkable mead. He is a mead judge and started the national competion
Planet Buzz which is now the International Mead Festival the weekend before Valentine’s
day. He discusses how he makes mead and judges both homeowner and commercial entries for
||Warren Seaver, beekeeper, Past President (1997) EAS, Supplier of EAS bees|
Warren was President and bee supplier for the 1997 EAS Conference in Delaware and will
again supply our Clayton Hall bee yard during the conference. Warren has been a
beekeeper for 25 years, currently Delaware’s major pollinator and honey producer.
He is also a bee supply dealer and brings packages/queens into the state. He is
currently the DSBA President.
||Landi Simone, EAS Master Beekeeper, Boonton, NJ|
Landi is an EAS Master Beekeeper, sideline beekeeper and owner of Gooserock Farm, a
sideliner beekeeping enterprise which retails beeswax candles, creams, soaps and lip
balms along with honey. Landi started life as an engineer, with degrees from Columbia
University and Rutgers. After running her own consulting firm in northern NJ, she
retired to raise a family and discovered beekeeping. She currently serves as president
of the Essex County NJ Beekeepers Society. She lives in Montville, NJ, with husband
Paul, teenage children Kira and Adrian, a dog, three cats, a dozen chickens, and about
2 million honey bees.
||John Skinner, Professor of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN|
John is a popular EAS Short Course instructor and program speaker. He is Professor and
Extension Apiculturist. Research interests include pollination of cucurbits, IPM of
mites and bee management. He is a PhD from UC Davis and has been at UT since 1995. John
is an avid fisherman and no stream in Tennessee is unfamiliar to his visits.
||Lloyd Snyder, Beekeeper, beer/mead maker, bee supply dealer, White Hall, MD|
Lloyd is a longtime beekeeper, supply dealer, package bee supplier and honey packer.
He is the owner operator of Snyder's Apiaries and past president of Central Maryland
Beekeepers Association. For the last 25 years, Lloyd has been an avid brewer of award
winning mead, beer & wine. He is also the current vice president of The Wootown Brewers
and member of the Free State Homebrew Club Guild.
||Cathy Stragar, MS Apiculture student, Univ of Delaware, Newark, DE|
Cathy is a U of Maryland Natural Resources undergrad student and then conducted school
programs at Audubon Naturalist Society. She decided to return to school for a graduate
program and completed an MS degree this spring with Dr Caron at UD looking at how best
to measure wild bee pollinator populations. She will continue to ID bees on the SARE
project of DDA and UD for the next 4 years while doing citizen science projects in
the Silver Spring, MD area.
||Cecil Sweeney, Mid-Con Agrimarketing, Oleathe, KS (celebrating 25th wedding anniversary)|
Cecil is co-owner (with wife Joli Winer) of Mid-Con Agrimarketing in Olathe, Kansas. He
is a master of creamed honey and producing flavored creamed honey products which he will
demonstrate at EAS 2007.
||David Tarpy, Assistant Professor of Entomology, No Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC recipient of EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research grant|
David received his MS from Bucknell University, and Ph.D. from the University of
California (Davis). EASers first met him when he was a Post Doc at Cornell University
[2002 EAS]. His research interests address the biology and behavior of honey bee
Queens. As Extension Apiculturist, he coordinates the NC Master
Beekeeper Program, maintains an apiculture web site and he spearheaded the 2005 New
Beekeeper Cost-sharing program that created hundreds of new NC beekeepers.
||Jim Tew, Professor and Extension Specialist, Ohio State Univ & Auburn Univ, Wooster, OH|
Jim is U MD PhD and has been an Ohio State Extension specialist in bees for over 25
years. He also serves as Extension bee specialist for his native Alabama through an
agreement with Auburn University. His monthly contributions to Bee Culture provide
good practical bee information in a readable, interesting style. He is a popular speaker
on bees and beekeeping and a valued contributor to annual EAS Short Course and conference
||Joanne Thomas, Fitness Professional & Beekeeper, New York, NY|
Joanne is a master personal trainer and fitness instructor in New York City, a hobbyist
beekeeper, and President of the Long Island Beekeepers Club. Her work has been featured
on CBS News, and in US, UK, and Australian magazines and newspapers
||Bill Troup, EAS 07 Bee Wrangler, EAS Master Beekeeper, MD Apiary Inspector, Williamsport, MD|
Bill is a EAS Master Beekeeper with 26 years of beekeeping experience. He is owner of
Honeyfield apiary, specializing in nucs-to-go, honey production, pollination and sale
of equipment. He is an Apiary Inspector in MD and he an wife Nancy are managing the AFB
detecting dog for MD. He has been EAS Bee Wrangler since 2000 meeting in Salisbury, MD
EAS and will do the same in DE.
||Robyn Underwood, PhD Univ of Manitoba, part-time consultant PA Dept Ag, Kutztown, PA|
Robyn received her undergraduate degree at UD as an honors student. She then went to the
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada for her PhD studying the use of formic acid
indoors in winter. Currently she is a Research Associate at Penn State University.
||Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Acting State Apiary Inspector, PA Dept Agric, Harrisburg, PA|
Dennis is acting State Apiary Inspector and a graduate student at Penn State working on
his PhD. He is a Canadian native and holds an MS from Guelph University (Ontario). He
worked three years in the Caribbean with NGO’s in beekeeping development before coming
to Pennsylvania. He is currently asking PA apiary inspectors to systematically collect
information as they perform standard disease inspections. He is a gifted presenter who
has a fresh perspective on familiar topics.
||Claire Waring, editor Bee Craft, co-author Teach Yourself Beekeeping, ENGLAND|
Claire has kept bees since 1980. Involvement in her local beekeeping association lead to
national association activity ( Central Association of Beekeepers and the Bee Improvement
and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) plus the BBKA (British Beekeepers Association. She
served on the BBKA Publicity and Promotions Committee and its Executive Committee. In
2004, Claire was the first woman to be appointed General Secretary of the BBKA and she
was granted Honorary Membership in 2007. Following the establishment of a beekeeping
project in Nepal in 1994, Claire was active in the foundation of the UK charity Bees
Abroad which aims to relieve poverty through beekeeping. The charity now has projects
in Nepal, Cameroon, Malawi and Kenya. Claire was appointed editor of Bee Craft in
1997 and with husband Adrian recently written Teach Yourself Beekeeping. She also is
Secretary for the British Alpaca Society.
||Kent Williams, President elect KY State Beekeepers, EAS Master Beekeeper, Wingo, KY|
Kent will organize EAS in 2008 at Murray State University in western KY. He keeps bees
in KY and Mississippi. He is a popular speaker on bees and beekeeping.
||Joli Winer, Mid-Con Agrimarketing, Oleathe, KS (celebrating 25th Anniversary)|
Joli is co-owner (with husband Cecil Sweeney) of Mid-Con Agrimarketing in Olathe, Kansas.
She sells their 150-200 colony honey and beeswax products at eastern Kansas farmer
markets. She is active in Kansas and Missouri beekeeper groups and edits two bee
newsletters. She will share her "secrets" on value-added bee products and how she makes
the bees pay with farm market marketing.
||Michael Young, Beekeeper, Chef, mead maker [& a nice fellow], Hillsboro, IRELAND|
Michael teaches Culinary Arts at the Belfast Institute, Northern Ireland. He has been
President of the Ulster Beekeepers' Association, Chairman of Dromore District Beekeepers'
Association and co-founder and Chairman of the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers.
Michael writes extensively for American and English bee magazines in areas of gourmet
cooking with honey, encaustic wax painting, mead making, plus candle and wax model
making. He is the only person to be awarded Honey Judge Certification of the Irish,
Welsh, British and Scottish Honey Societies (+Georgia (USA) Honey Judge Certificate)
and will be judge at the EAS International honey show this year. He has been a special
feature of the last four EAS meetings (including Maine where he cooked our lobster).
Updated June 2007