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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 this summer.
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 ashes.
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 behalf.
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 pollination.
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 interesting.
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 Pollinators project.
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 pastimes.
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 reactions.
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 colonies
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 apiary position.
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 Kentucky.
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 viruses.
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 beekeeping.
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 tick hounds.
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 for pollination.
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 this contest.
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 programs.
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