|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.|
|Joe Alavarez 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 a former Master Gardener Instructor and Agricultural Program Assistant for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County. With nine years experience as a high school science teacher, he is currently a lecturer for the Cape May County Library’s Adult Education Series on Horticulture and Gardening. Combining experience as a beekeeper and a horticulturalist gives Joe a unique perspective when it comes to pollinators and forage sources for both native and ornamental species.|
|John Black is the current President of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, John is also a Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide. John has volunteered extensively for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) performing plant and animal surveys in remote areas of the Southwest as well as cave exploration and bat population surveys. John has volunteered extensively for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR where he represented the refuge in community outreach and in programs of reconnecting people with nature. John has also served on the Board of Directors for Atlantic Audubon and has been a volunteer for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).|
|Toni Burnham is the founder and President of the (Washington) DC Beekeepers Alliance, the former president of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association, and a regular contributor to BeeCulture Magazine on topics related to keeping stinging insects in densely populated areas. Key to this practice is outreach, particularly to children and youth, who often become active and ongoing activists for beekeeping and pollinator health in our cities. The DC Beekeepers and partner organizations (parks, public schools, 4H, community gardens, museums, fairs) has reached over 3,000 children, several hundred in their science class rooms. Burnham has been a beekeeper for 11 years, and runs about 20 hives in 4 downtown apiaries, while mentoring apiaries in community gardens and public spaces across Washington, DC.She currently serves as Secretary of the Maryland State Beekeepers, on the advisory board of the Washington Youth Garden, and (through the DC Beekeepers Alliance) as beekeeping programming partner for DC Parks and Rec.|
|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.|
|William Cameron Jasper is the 2016 EAS Apiculture Student Award winner. He began his PhD program September 2014 at the University of California, Davis in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. Dr. Elina Lastro Niño, the EAS Student award winner of 2011 while at Penn State, is his major professor. Cameron’s undergraduate degree, a B.S. in General Biology, was from University of California at San Diego and he earned a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in 2011. He worked initially with Dr. Brian Johnson at UC Davis on the evolutionary genetics of honey bee division of labor, RNA-sequencing and applied bee projects before Dr. Niño joined the faculty. He cooperated with Dr. Eric Mussen, now-retired Extension Apiculturist at UC Davis, in a study of high fructose corn syrup and probiotics on growth of new honey bee colonies (published 2015 in Jour Apiculture Research). His dissertation topic will be determining the role of microRNA in regulating caste-specific patterns of honey bee pheromone biosynthesis. Cameron’s biology interest was sparked in High school. He won state-side recognition as a high schooler. As a student research assistant at San Diego, he studied the relationship between flower visitation and population genetics in a Mimulus flower species (common name monkey-flower). His Master’s degree was on social insect epigenetics. SFSU studies were supported by the Robert Will Max Scholarship. His UCD studies have been twice recognized by the JASTRO Research Fellowship Award and he has support of the George H. Vansall Award and Teledyne Endowments. Cameron has served as a teaching assistant in Entomology and Biology courses at Davis. He has been guest lecturer for the new Apiculture course at Davis and serves as mentor for undergraduate students using the facility of the Harry Laidlaw Jr Honey Bee research facility on the edge of the UC Davis campus – where the widely acclaimed Häagen Daz Honey Bee Haven flower garden is located. He has 7 published papers in a wide variety (mostly non-apiculture) Journals and three in preparation with his activities with Dr. Niño. In her nomination letter Dr. Niño mentioned Cameron’s drive and confidence and summed up her recommendation “there is no doubt that with his intelligence, dedication and tenacity Cameron will continue to be a great asset to the scientific community”. It is great pleasure to award him as our 2016 EAS Apiculture Student Award recipient. Cameron will give his keynote address Friday morning and offer a workshop in the afternoon.|
|Lorette Cheswick - From her first pansy crosses to her latest Daphne and Camellia propagations, Lorette Cheswick has always protected and grown extraordinary plants. As an apiarist, her focus is on Apis health through year long forage and IPM to keep stressors to manageable levels.
In 2015, after a 4 year search, Lorette bought a farm on the Raritan River. This winter she moved her collection of winter and late season blooming plants. She will be propagating them for sale. The current focus of her business plan is to improve non-spring blooming woody plant sourcing for people interested in pollinator plant mutualism. A lifelong gardener, Ms Cheswick has exercised her large scale vision for a few decades in municipal gardens in Morristown and Bernardsville, NJ. Highlights included rejuvenation of the century old yews in front of the Vail Mansion and orchestrating planting over 30,000 bulbs to celebrate some volunteer milestones. She added "Apiarist" to her portfolio 6 years ago. and is currently horticultural advisor for the Rights-of-Way Committee for the NJ Beekeepers Association which advocates for improvement of late season forbs acreage for pollinators.
|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.|
|Don Coats, DVM, 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|
|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.|
|Carol Cottrill is a backyard beekeeper from Maine who enjoys teaching new beekeepers and speaking about the importance of honey bees to anyone who will listen. She is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper (2005). Carol serves as Secretary of the Western Maine Beekeepers Association, is on the Board of the Maine State Beekeepers Association and is the Secretary of the Eastern Apicultural Society.|
|Les Eccles - is the Tech-Transfer Program Lead. Les started his agricultural career on his family's dairy and beef operation, co-managing 125 head dairy and beef herd. He has now integrated 170 honey bee colonies to this family business. Les's educational background includes both a Diploma in Agriculture from the Ontario Agricultural College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.
Les developed his interest in beekeeping and research at the University of Guelph Apiculture Research Centre with Paul Kelly and Ernesto Guzman, and has been instrumental in various research projects and presentations. Les also spent two years in Mexico; working with beekeepers and development organizations to transfer beekeeping technology into the field, and certify beekeeping operations for honey exportation to European markets. International beekeeping projects continues to be a passion for Les.
Leading the OBA Tech Transfer Program since 2011, Les has successfully identified, formed collaborations, developed and implemented a number of research and knowledge transfer projects in his 5 years leading the OBA Tech Transfer Program, in order to continue the development of BMPs and IPM for beekeepers in eastern Canada.
|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.|
|Heather Eversole - As a Faculty Research Specialist, Heather Eversole is a part of the Bee Diagnostic team located at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the diagnostic lab manager who over sees the processing of samples for the Bee Informed Partnership and APHIS National Honey Bee Survey, primarily seeking out the parasitic mite, Varroa. She wears many hats including generating reports, managing lab functions as well as assisting undergraduates with honey bee related projects. She received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Maryland.|
|Katy Evans - 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.|
|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 January of 2016, she continues to actively participate in applied research and extension in Pennsylvania and East Africa|
|Dr. James Frazier received his PhD in Entomology with a specialty in insect physiology at the Ohio State University in 1970. He went through the academic ranks at Mississippi State University from 1970 – 1980, was a Senior Scientist at DuPont Agricultural Products from 1981-89, and served for 10 years as Department Head at Penn State. Dr. Frazier has done research on the chemical ecology of herbivorous insects for most of his career, but has concentrated on the impacts of pesticides on honey bees for the last 8 years together with Chris Mullin, Insect Toxicologist and Maryann Frazier, Senior Honeybee Extension Specialist at Penn State. He has served on several national level policy bodies, including the USDA-APHIS-EPA National Stakeholder Conference on Bee Health (2011), the Pellston Conference on Pollinator Risk Assessment (2010), and has been science advisor to the National Honey Bee Advisory Board since 2009. Dr. Frazier recently received the Friend of the Industry Award from the National Honey Producers Association (2014), and the Presidents Award and the Hoopengarner Award from the National Beekeeping Federation (2015).|
|Jim Fraser is a third generation beekeeper and resides in Montgomery County, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C. He has been an EAS Master Beekeeper since 2014, and currently operates about 150 hives for pollination, nucleus colony production, honey, and comb honey. He is also a Brushy Mountain Bee Farm dealer. He is currently the vice president of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association, and vice president of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association.|
|Andrew Gibb - is a UK backyard beekeeper who has kept bees since he was at boarding school in Somerset. He now keeps 13 colonies of bees in Surrey (a county SW of London). He became a Master Beekeeper in 1985 and since then has been an examiner for the British Beekeepers’ Association in their exam system. He has taught beekeeping in adult education, gives regular talks on the subject and he has had a long term involvement with Bee Craft, the company that publishes both a monthly magazine and books on beekeeping. The magazine is the largest paid circulation beekeeping magazine in UK where he is a director and also writes occasional articles for the magazine.|
|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 keeps bees in Northern New Jersey, harvesting local honey and raising local queens.|
|Kelly Gill is a Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and a Partner Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Kelly’s position provides technical support for implementing Farm Bill practices to conserve and protect pollinators and other beneficial insects. This technical support includes planning, installing, and managing pollinator habitat as part of on-farm conservation practices, in community and backyard gardens, and in natural areas. A Pennsylvania native, Kelly completed her Master’s Degree in Entomology at Iowa State University.|
|Dr. David Gilley has been working with bees since 1996. His doctoral research at Cornell University focused on honey bee swarming biology, in particular, queen fights. He then served for three years as a postdoctoral researcher for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Tucson, Arizona, studying Africanized-bee swarm biology, including their ability to usurp European colonies. Dr. Gilley now teaches animal behavior, trains students in research, and studies bees as an Associate Professor of Biology at William Paterson University of New Jersey.|
|Janice Girard Is a lifelong Vermonter who grew up in a French speaking family a half hour away from the Canadian border. Like most sideliner beekeepers, Janice started out beekeeping by taking care of a found swarm of bees. She honed her beekeeping skills under the mentorship of fellow Vermont beekeepers, Michael Palmer, Bill Mares, and Bill and Chas Miraz. Obviously, Janice always has some ‘insurance’ nucs ready to over-winter!
Now in her 6th year of beekeeping, Janice is co-owner of Fletcher Meadows Apiaries and manages anywhere from 3 to 20 hives, which is highly dependant upon the severity of a Vermont winter. Until recently, Janice was President of the Franklin County Beekeeping Club and also a past Vermont Beekeepers Association Membership Secretary. She enjoys explaining bee behavior and beekeeping to anyone who asks or will listen and spends her spare time with other club members at outreach events when possible.
|Elin Hanson is a 6 year hobbyist beekeeper. She fell into soap and salve making in an attempt to create gentle products that would not irritate her and her son's extra sensitive skin. Like every good beekeeper, she wanted to put as much honey and beeswax into every item she made, but quickly discovered that there certainly can be too much of a good thing when mixing honey and beeswax with cold process soap. Through research, trial and error, and a lot of product testing on family, friends and coworkers, Elin has developed a solid product line of creams, salves and soap that she sells through her LLC, Lila Honeybee.|
|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.
|Kevin Inglin is an IT Manager leading web and mobile technologies for Bristol-Myers Squibb. Kevin and his wife started keeping bees as a hobbyist in 2008 beekeeper and is the current President of the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association. Kevin is a hobbyist beekeeper with anywhere from 3 to 12 hives in operation at any given time. He is the host of the Beekeeper’s Corner Podcast which has been releasing podcast episodes since 2012 and maintains a website to support the effort at www.bkcorner.org. In addition to the podcast he maintains the NWNJBA’s website and active YouTube channel and can often can be seen at events with a microphone and video cameras. He likes to tinker and is known for being one half of the duo (with Bob Kloss) on Northwest’s Gadget Garage which is an amalgamation of gadgets related to beekeeping. In addition he maintains several different types of hives (top bar, polystyrene, Warre, 8-Frame, all mediums, etc.) so that he can learn the differences in different hive styles.|
|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.|
|Joseph Lelinho - Has won various Blue Ribbons & Best in Divisions in New Jersey Beekeepers Assoc. “NJBA” competitions. Joseph began first and only “Short Course Graduate Training Field” with use of 70-acre tract provided by Essex County, NJ. Featured in Local Newspaper article, “Local Beekeepers Honey Best in State”. Featured in New York Times and Newark Star Ledger Front Page with picture three times. Television: Good Day New York, Cable News Networks and WB11. Joseph lectured in all School levels including 5 lectures at Princeton University for students and faculty. Joseph Co-Author with Dr. I Pelczer, Dr. D Pearlman of Princeton University: “Honey Proteomics as a Potential. Illuminator of Honey Quality” Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Equipment.|
|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.|
|Ralph (Buddy) May Jr - Received a BSIM from Clemson University. Upon retiring in 2001, owning and managing a textile equipment manufacturing firm, began his beekeeping journey. Has a South Carolina Master Beekeeper award, an EAS Certified Master Craftsman award, currently on EAS Board representing South Carolina. Is currently engaged in a Research Project "Treatment with oxalic acid dribble has been shown to control varroa infestation, as well as Nosema ceranae", for the SC Master Craftsman award. Maintains 50 colonies of bees, performs queen rearing practices, has a following of many mentorees of which some have reached the level of Journeyman Beekeeper at his apiary. Recently established a "Free Clinic" where beekeepers can bring samples and receive an evaluation of their colonies for Nosema, Tracheal mite, Varroa, Small hive beetle, viruses, and various beekeeping challenges. The objective of the "Free Clinic" is to encourage beekeepers to become more engaged in their apiaries and reduce the major loss in hives this country is experiencing, through close up involvement.|
|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.|
|Melissa Mayberry is a 2016 graduate of Ramapo College with a double major in Computer Science and Bioinformatics. She has been a member of her college’s Beekeeping Club since the club’s inception, and stood as its president during her senior year. For her College Honors Program capstone project, she even coded an interactive 3D virtual beehive, which she hopes to develop into a polished web application within the next year. She has been working with Professor Eric Wiener as the primary student caretaker and researcher for the Ramapo College Meadow since its creation in 2014. She has already presented work about the meadow at five other conferences this past spring semester: the TAS Student Research Symposium, Ramapo College Scholars’ Day, the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the NJHEPS Student Sustainability Symposium at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and in Pennsylvania at the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Ecological Society of America|
|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|
|Meredith Melendez - is the Agricultural Agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County. She offers outreach and education to growers in Mercer County focusing primarily on diversified small farms, sustainable and organic production and new and beginning farmers. Meredith offers outreach statewide on farm food safety including preparation for third party audits ,Good Agricultural Practices and the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.|
|Dr. Medhat Nasr, is the Alberta Provincial Apiculturist in the Crop Research and Extension Branch, Ministry of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry , Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is currently President of Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA). His responsibilities include regulatory, research, and extension. His research program is focused on honey bee health management including breeding, pest surveillance, biosecurity and integrated pest management. He earned his doctoral degree at University of California, Davis, California, University of Guelph, Lead of Ontario Beekeepers –Tech Transfer Program, and Assistant Extension Professor at Rutgers University, NJ, USA. He is the recipient of Alberta Beekeepers Achievement Award, Fred Rathjie Memorial Award for Outstanding Innovative and Creative Contributions from the Canadian Honey Council and Roger A. Morse Teaching, Extension, Regulatory Award from the Eastern apiculture Society. He is also a lifetime member of many beekeeping organizations across Canada and USA|
|Kristen Meistrell is Stewardship Project Coordinator—South Region for New Jersey Audubon and works closely with the Stewardship team on habitat management and restoration. Since joining New Jersey Audubon in 2012, she has participated in a variety of projects on both private and public lands, working to create healthier ecosystems while also restoring and managing habitats for native wildlife and plants. Her main focus is in invasive species management, agricultural best management practices, forestry and grassland management, and wetland restoration. Kristen earned her B.S. in Ecology and Natural Resources from Cook College, Rutgers University, and has several years of field biology and environmental education experience. During college, she worked as a seasonal naturalist for both the Hunterdon County and Somerset County Parks Departments, where she created and presented environmental education programs for children and adults. Later, she worked with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP), studying a variety of rare wildlife species, including bog turtles, wood turtles, longtail salamanders, timber rattlesnakes, and various vernal pool species. Kristen has experience working with radio telemetry and GIS technology as well as habitat assessment and habitat management projects. She regularly volunteers with ENSP and the Wildlife Conservation Corps conducting rare reptile and amphibian surveys and monitoring efforts.|
|Samuel Ramsey's enduring interest in entomology started 19 years ago and shows no signs of waning. A PhD student studying in Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's lab at the University of Maryland, College Park; Ramsey tries to maintain a focus on how insect research can benefit the public through development of IPM strategies and STEM outreach initiatives. Ramsey studied entomology at Cornell University as an undergraduate focusing on Predatory/Parasitic insect behavior. His current work focuses on the effects of honey bee parasites on individual and colony level survivorship specifically targeting Varroa destructor and Nosema ceranae.|
|Gary G. Schempp is the owner of Busy Bees NJ, located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
As the founder, owner and operator of All Season Pest Management Services, Inc. for 30 years, Gary built a successful business killing bugs, then sold it to create another one saving, raising and relocating bees!
Now a full-time beekeeper for ten years, Gary produces quality extracted honey and hive products for Busy Bees NJ, while also performing honey bee identification and removal of the colonies from structures around New Jersey and their subsequent relocation to local apiaries and farms. In addition, Gary is currently at work on a project creating strategically designed habitats aimed at reducing winter loss.
Gary received his B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University and is a member of the NJ Beekeepers Association and the recipient of numerous awards and certificates in the field of beekeeping. He also does presentations for local schools, garden clubs, civic groups and pest control companies, as well as other beekeeping organizations. Gary and his wife Erin reside on their farm.
|Dr. Jeff Pettis is a Life Member of EAS and attended his first meeting while in graduate school as an EAS Student award winner. Currently, as a research Entomologist in the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Dr. Pettis leads a broad research effort to improve colony health by limiting the impact of pests and diseases on honey bee colonies. His research areas include; IPM techniques to reduce the impacts of parasitic mites and disease, effects of pesticides and pathogens on queen health and longevity, host-parasite relationships and bee behavior. Dr. Pettis serves as President of the Bee Health Commission of Apimondia and on several other international committees concerning bee health. He is frequently interviewed by the media for his opinions on worldwide pollinator declines. Dr. Pettis received an undergraduate and MS degree from the University of Georgia and his doctoral degree in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.|
|Karen Rennich - began keeping bees 10 years ago, inspired by watching her Russian grandfather manage colonies in his backyard while she was growing up. Wayward in her youth, she mistakenly chose ocean engineering as her profession, graduating from Purdue University in W. Lafayette with a B.S. and from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters degree in the ocean engineering. She is the Executive Director of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), Inc. and Project Manager of the University of Maryland Honey Bee Lab, helping manage other research grants with Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp since 2011. She enjoys working with the BIP tech and IT teams to bridge the gap between the academic scientific community and the beekeepers to reduce colony losses.|
|Stephen Repasky is a second-generation beekeeper from Pittsburgh, PA and earned his B.Sc. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a Certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society, the president of Burgh Bees, 1st Vice-President, of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation.
Stephen has been involved with bees since the age of four when he would help his father tend to the honey bee colonies on their small farm in southwestern Pennsylvania. He now operates around 100 colonies of honey producing hives, a queen rearing operation, colony removal from structures and also the selling of nucleus colonies each summer to those looking to start or expand their own beekeeping adventures under the name Meadow Sweet Apiaries. He published his first book in January of 2014 entitled "Swarm Essentials" and can be found presenting lectures on a variety of beekeeping topics around the United States.
|Diana Sammataro, co-author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook (4th ed. 2011), began keeping bees in 1972 in Litchfield, CT, setting up a colony in her maternal grandfather’s old bee hive equipment. From then on, she decided that her B.S. in Landscape Architecture (Un. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), would not be a career, but that honey bees would. After a year of independent studies on floral pollination (Michigan State Un. Bee Lab, East Lansing), she earned an M.S. in Urban Forestry (Un. Michigan, Ann Arbor). In 1978 she joined Peace Corps and taught beekeeping in the Philippines for 3 years. On returning, she worked at the USDA Bee Lab in Madison, WI under Dr. Eric Erickson, studying the effects of plant breeding and flower attraction of bees in sunflower lines. When the lab closed, she eventually went to work at the A.I. Root Company as Bee Supply Sales Manager in Medina OH. In 1991 she was accepted at the Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Lab at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) to study for a Ph.D. under Drs. Brian Smith and Glen Needham; dissertation title: Studies on the control, behavior, and molecular markers of the tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi (Rennie)) of honey bees. In 1995, she worked as a post-doctoral assistant at the Ohio State University Ag. Research Center in Wooster OH, with Dr. James Tew and in 1998 at the Penn State University Bee lab, (State College, PA) with Maryann Frazier and Dr. Nancy Ostiguy. Early in 2002, she was invited to join the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson AZ. Her work at the lab included research on bee nutrition problems, Varroa control, proteomics of Varroa and current pollination problems; she retired in 2014.. She is co-editor of a collection of bee research articles: Honey Bee Colony Health: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2011) and has published over 60 scientific articles, and contributed to 4 other books as well as instructional videos. Currently, she is President of DianaBrand Honey Bee Research Services, LLC.
|Tim Schuler started keeping bees as a young boy with his Dad and Brother. John P Schuler kept honey bees in Prospect Park Pennsylvania a small suburb of Philadelphia. Tim graduated in 1982 from Delaware Valley College, Doylestown Pa with a BS in Animal Husbandry. He began his career helping to manage a large cattle and hog feed lot in central NJ. In 1986 He began working for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) as an Animal Health Technician in the Division of Animal Health. In 1989 and 90 Tim served a short time as a bee inspector for the NJDA. During that time Jacob C Matthenious Jr. was the State Apiarist, Jake held the position 42 year. In 1991 Tim started a side business managing 300 colonies of honey bees providing pollination services to South Jersey farmers and producing honey in Warren County NJ. In 2007 he took the position of State Apiarist with the NJDA Division of Plant Industry. He currently teaches beekeeping to Beekeepers, non-beekeepers, Rutgers university undergraduates and subsistence farmers in poor countries. He inspects colonies throughout the State for diseases and pests helping beekeepers keep strong healthy colonies of Honey bees. He promotes New Jersey’s beekeeping industry in any way he can.|
|Ekaterina Sedia is an Associate Professor of Biology. She received her PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers in 2001. Her research interests include plant ecology, community and population dynamics, and competitive interactions between lichens and mosses. She has been studying various aspects of the Pine Barrens plant community since 1995, and has recently become involved in beekeeping. She and her students are currently looking at hygienic behaviors in honeybees.|
|Daniel Senter - Born in North Bergen, New Jersey, Rabbi Daniel Senter descends from a prominent Rabbinic family with roots in New Jersey that began at the turn of the century. Following the family tradition, he was ordained as a Rabbi and today serves as Chief Operating Officer of KOF-K Kosher Supervision, a leading Kosher certification agency based in Teaneck NJ with offices and representatives throughout the world. Rabbi Senter has always been fascinated by the world around him and how things work. He began beekeeping in 2011 and today manages hives in Teaneck, Woodridge NY , NYC and Ramsey. He considers himself a bit of a Renaissance Man. Some of his other areas of expertise include clock making, automobile restoration, life-guarding, umpiring, Magician, Torah Scroll Restoration, Emergency Medical technician, Foraging, Beer Brewing and Homesteading. He always has been involved in community work. He served on the board of the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, and was a member of the Greenway Advisory Board and the Historic Preservation Committee of the Township of Teaneck. As an Emergency Medical Technician, he has served as President of Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Chief of The Bogota First Aid Squad, both in which he is still active. Rabbi Senter resides in Teaneck, New Jersey and Woodridge, NY with his wife, 3 sons, 4 goats, a dozen chickens and a few million bees.|
|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!
|Russell Schwartz - is a Tax Manager with HBK. He has over 14 years of experience in public accounting within the medical, manufacturing, professional services, and real estate sectors. Rusty joined the team at HBK in their Lawrenceville, NJ office in 2013.
Areas of Practice: Rusty has extensive experience in providing tax planning and compliance services to individuals and companies ranging from small, private entities to large, multinational companies. He frequently represents clients with start-up businesses as well as businesses exploring exit strategies for their owners. Rusty also represents clients during Federal and State audits or inquiries
|Robert Simonofsky is recently retired from the Veteran's Hospital at Lyons, New Jersey NJ healthcare system and was in charge of the patient woodshop and subsequently the Greenhouse.
Robert Simonofsky; began beekeeping in 1979 in Flushing, Queens NY where the first apiary was located in an environmental center.
When meeting with people and sharing his fascination with honey bees, Robert was always asked the proverbial question,…How many times have you been stung…..and yes, you know the next one…does it hurt?
Robert Simonofsky has been performing bee removal in the NJ/PA area for about 35 years and on the way have met many nice people. When the removals are going well and the weather is right, it’s a great business to be in. And that's what it is. Robert learned a lot over the last 35 years of bee removal, especially what to do and what not to do…and has been very lucky along the way to have avoided cutting into water pipes or electric lines in the process of my removals.
Robert Simonofsky served as President of Northwest/ NJBA Beekeepers Association. Robert also broke the Guinness World record for the most bees on a human body. This feat was conducted at Delaware Valley University under the guidance of Jake Matthenius, Dr Berthold and with the help of a well known New Jersey beekeeper, Stan Wasitowski of S & F Honey Farm. The reason and inspiration behind this crazy feat was to bring attention to the fact that the bee inspection program in New Jersey was about to be cut from the budget by the State Legislature.
|Grant Stiles is an EAS-certified Master Beekeeper with a B.S. in Entomology from Penn State and 38 years of beekeeping experience. Grant is a former NJ State Apiarist and has also worked for the USDA as a Smuggling and Trade Compliance Officer. Grant's operation, Stiles Apiaries, currently owns 4,000 colonies of bees managed for pollination and honey production, and leases up to 4,000 additional colonies for share cropping. Stiles Apiaries is considered to be New Jersey's largest producer-packer-distributor beekeeping operation. In addition to honey production, Grant produces pollen, beeswax candles and soaps for the wholesale market.|
|David Tarpy is an EAS Life Member, Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University since 2003. As Extension Apiculturist, he maintains an apiculture web site dedicated to the dissemination of information and understanding of honey bees and their management, spearheads numerous extension projects (such as the 2005 New Beekeeper Cost-sharing program that created hundreds of new beekeepers within the state), and launched the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)—an exciting online learning resource for knowledge and understanding of bees and beekeeping. His research interests focus on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens in order to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. Specific research projects include understanding the effect of multiple mating on colony disease resistance, using molecular methods to determine the genetic structure within honey bee colonies, and the determining the regulation of reproduction at the individual and colony levels. His work has provided some of the best empirical evidence that multiple mating by queens confers multiple and significant benefits to colonies through increased genetic diversity of their nestmates, particularly through increased tolerance to numerous diseases. More recently, his lab group has focused on the reproductive potential of commercially produced queens, testing their genetic diversity and mating success in an effort to improve queen quality.|
|Anna and Angelo Trapani from a farm in Clarksburg, N.J. Anna's roots to beekeeping goes way back to her grandfather 's farm in Jackson, N.J. With her Grandfather and her Father she has had bees all her life. Angelo grew up on a poultry farm in Millstone Township, N.J. and still lives on another farm in Millstone Township where we have our bee operation. Angelo has been the Editor for both the N.J.B.A. and the C.J.B.A. for many years, a 1st V.P. of N.J.B.A. and now he holds a position on the N.J. State Board of Agriculture. Together as a team which can be un beatable We are always competitive whether we were showing horses, or honey and wax. WE have many Blue Ribbons for our honey in both National and State competitions. We have a collection of bee's wax candles second to none and our creamed honey has been in 1st place in many shows. We sell our Candles and Honey at farmers markets and other venues under the name Trappers Honey.|
|Dennis vanEngelsdorp PhD - is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and is interested in pollinator health. The focus of his current work involves the application of epidemiological approaches to understanding and (importantly) improving honey bee health. Currently Dennis is the director of the Bee Informed Partnership (BeeInformed.org) which attempts to provide a platform to collect “big data” on the state of health of managed honey bee colonies. Analysis of these data is providing important insights into the role beekeeper management practices and environmental factors (such as landscape pesticides and climate) have on bee health.|
|Dr. Doug Vinson is a retired dentist (former biologist) living in Hickory, NC. His dad was a beekeeper and instilled the love of the honey bee in Doug at an early age. Education, family, career etc. kept Doug away from bees for a number of years. About 18 years ago Doug restarted with 2 packages and the rest is history. Today he maintains about 30 colonies for honey production in a couple of NC counties.
Doug currently serves the NCSBA as a third year Regional Director for the NC Mountain Region and VP of the Catawba Valley Beekeepers Association. He has attained the level of Journeyman in the NCSBA Master Beekeeping Program. Membership in other organizations include the ABF and EAS.
|Lana Vojvodic is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Rowan University, NJ. She received her PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark studying the ecology and evolution of fungal disease in honey bees. After receiving her degree she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, focusing her research on the honey bee gut microbiome. Since the fall of 2014 she has been at Rowan University where she is continuing her research on honey bee pathology. She actively includes undergraduate students in her research who also get first hand experience working with bees at the small university apiary. Her lab is investigating bacterial and fungal disease of bees, such as chalkboard and stonebrood from genetic and behavioral perspectives. Her most recent work includes identifying honey bee larval gut microbes and investigating beneficial effects these microbes have on honey bee health and disease resistance.|
|Kent Williams - EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Kent Williams has been keeping bees for about 28 years. He manages 800 or so colonies in western Kentucky. Kent rents bees for pollination, produces some 15,000 tons of honey annually, raises several thousand queens, and produces nucleus colonies for local beekeepers.
A past EAS President, Kent is also past president of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association and president of the Lake Barkley Beekeepers. Kent not only teaches a 4 day beekeeping class on his farm every year, he also teaches a semester-long course on honey bees and beekeeping at a local college.
|Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a Research Affiliate with the MIT Media Lab / biologist / professor / NYTimes contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / beekeeper / uncle. His book, The Bee: A Natural History was released in 2014 through Princeton University Press. Noah’s research focuses on bee immunology, and extends to include all ways to improve bee health. Noah is a Founding Partner of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that delivers, installs, and manages beehives for residential and commercial properties, nationwide. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research conducted at the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in Boston’s South End.|
|Jon Zawislak is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. With a background in botany and entomology, he coordinates honey bee research and education across his state. He works with commercial and hobbyist beekeepers, as well as the general public, educating people on the importance of bees and other pollinators. He first became fascinated with honey bees in 1998, and became a 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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