2014 Speakers

Speakers for EAS 2014

Richmond, Ky

Berry Jennifer Berry - For the past fourteen years, Jennifer Berry has been the research coordinator and lab manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Lab. Her research and extension objectives have concentrated on the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees, a queen breeding program, incorporating IPM techniques for varroa mite and beetle control and recently, an ambitious campaign educating the public about the importance of honey bees. Jennifer is a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine and occasionally for Bee World (along with a few others across the pond). She travels extensively, speaking to local, state, national and international beekeeping associations. After work and on weekends, Jennifer operates Honey Pond Farm, a queen and nuc business, which focuses on rearing healthy bees while selecting for longevity, pest resistance and honey production. In 2006, she was the Eastern Apicultural Society president and hosted the annual meeting in Young Harris, Georgia.
 CBee Cindy Bee - holds an MFA degree in creative writing and also holds an MA in professional writing. She has worked with bees for over forty years and has found them to be a wonderful writing topic. She was the first woman to attain the level of Georgia Master Beekeeper, and in 2006 was awarded Georgia Beekeeper of the Year. For over thirteen years she owned and operated a honey bee removal business and remains the only person having done this work full time in Georgia. She is the co-author of the book, Honey Bee Removal – A Step-by-step Guide.
In 2012 she moved to Maine where she continues the removal of bees from structures as well as teaches beekeeping, speaks on beekeeping to national as well as local audiences, currently participates in a SARE grant to study northern raised queens, and helps run over one hundred colonies.
She is currently working on a memoir about growing up under the tutelage of her father as she learns the family tradition of beekeeping.
bradbear Nicola Bradbear - is Director of the UK based organisation Bees for Development.  This unique organisation, founded by Nicola in 1993, trains and educates people to practise sustainable beekeeping, and is helping to alleviate poverty throughout the developing world.  This in turn has a positive effect on biodiversity and ecosystems, Nicola’s other passions.
From her travels and consultancy work in the eighties, Nicola realized that although beekeeping was already widely practiced in the developing world, remote and isolated beekeepers often found it difficult to create significant income from bees. She wanted to provide educational support to the poorest, most marginalised people, enabling them to generate income and sustain their communities. Thus Bees for Development was born.  
Nicola has articulated the reasons why beekeeping is so important for the rural poor, and gradually developed Bees for Development’s philosophy and innovative approach of providing advice and information.  At the same time, Nicola has been building a team, running projects throughout the developing world, and establishing Bees for Development’s offices and headquarters in Monmouth, Wales.
Nicola has received several awards: in 2008 she became an Honorary Member of the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organizations; in 2000 she was awarded for Services to Apiculture in Asia by the Asian Apiculture Association, in 1999 she received the June James Award for services to apiculture (A Welsh Award), as well as the WorldAware Business Award, and in 1990 was Winner of The World Vision Award for Development Initiative.
Nicola followed her BSc degree from Aberdeen University in Scotland with PhD research at Durham University in England.  She is a Trustee of several other charities, President of Apimondia’s Scientific Commission for Beekeeping in Rural Development, and President of her local county beekeepers’ association.
 Berry Brosi Dr. Berry J. Brosi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University.  He is an ecologist and conservation biologist whose research program involves basic and applied research on the community ecology of mutualisms, with a particular focus on the causes and ecosystem functional consequences of ongoing pollinator declines.  His work on pollinators spans both native bees and managed honey bees.  A native of Berea, Kentucky, Dr. Brosi earned a BA from Wesleyan University; a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University; and a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University.
 sean clark Sean Clark is an associate professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources program at Berea College, where he teaches a wide range of courses, including Bees and Beekeeping. He directs the college’s educational farm, on which about 50-60 students gain practical work and management experience each year. The farm includes field crop, livestock, horticulture, apiculture, and aquaculture enterprises in addition to a new retail store that serves as a laboratory for developing valued-added products. His research has included insect ecology in agriculture, crop-soil nutrient dynamics, and assessing the environmental and economic performance of farming and food production systems. He currently serves as a technical advisor for the Organic Association of Kentucky.
 caron Dr Dewey M. Caron – Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture Oregon state University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am a product of the Honey Bee program at Cornell University (PhD in Entomology with Dr Roger Morse). Professionally I spent 40+ years teaching, dong bee extension and bee research at Cornell, University of Maryland (1970-1981) and University of Delaware (1981-2009) with 3-way split Teaching, research extension appointments). I retired in 2009 and moved to OR to be near grandchildren and continue as volunteer Extension bee specialist for OR (Affiliate Faculty, OSU). Have been active in EAS since 1967 meeting including organizing Short Course/Annual Meeting numerous times, most recent 2012 at University of VT), served as board chair for 8 years (1991-99), as President (1986), and as EAS Foundation Chair (1999-2009). I am currently Master Beekeeper program advisor. Since moving to west coast I have been president (2010) and now on executive Board of WAS. I currently serve as VP of the Oregon State Beekeepers. I have been very active in Spanish speaking overseas extension development programs since 1981.

coates Don Coates - DVM, is devoting much study and personal resources to using the light-microscope for honey bee diagnostics.  Applying tools and concepts used in clinical practice of small animal medicine, he hopes to build on the foundation of existing methods of evaluating honey bee health and disease.  Also introducing other beekeepers to the exciting, often basic discoveries provided through microscopy has been a rewarding activity over the past two years.  Don and several associates plan to publish a pollen identification guide for beekeepers, expected to be out in 2015.
Frazier Maryann Fraizer - 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 25 years she has held the position of Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State and is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She is working collaboratively with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides are impacting honey bees and other pollinators. In addition she is working with a team of U.S. and Kenyan researchers to understand the impacts of newly introduced Varroa mites on East African honey bee subspecies and helping Kenyan beekeepers become more productive. She has taught courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved with the Entomology Department’s innovative public outreach program.
guzma Dr. Ernesto Guzman is a Professor and Director of the Honey Bee Research Centre in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada, since 2004.  Dr. Guzman was born and raised in Mexico, where he started to keep bees in 1978.  He got a DVM degree in 1982 and obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology from the University of California at Davis in 1989 and 1992, respectively.  Before accepting a position at the University of Guelph, he had worked for several institutions, including the University of California, the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, and the National University of Mexico.  In 1994 he was appointed director of the National Apicultural Research Program for the Mexican Department of Agriculture.  Dr. Guzman has ample academic and research experience.  He has taught courses in Apiculture and Genetics and has conducted multiple research projects funded by 35 different grant sources.  During the course of his career he has graduated more than 40 D.V.M., M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.  His research has been focused on the genetics, behaviour, and parasitic mites of honey bees.  His studies have contributed to the understanding of foraging behavior, defensive behavior, and the mechanisms that confer resistance to honey bees against parasitic mites, which is a critical area that addresses the most serious problem beekeepers face worldwide.  Dr. Guzman also developed selective breeding methodologies with which three strains of bees were developed.  These bees produce 25% more honey and are 50% less defensive than unselected strains of bees.  Ernesto Guzman is author and co-author of more than 300 publications, including scientific and trade journal articles, as well as books, book chapters and summaries in conference proceedings.  Dr. Guzman has received numerous honors and awards.
JWHarris Jeff Harris is currently an assistant professor of apiculture in the Department of Biochemistry, Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University.  He began the job in July 2012.  The appointment is extension and research.  His research focuses on possible effects of chemical residues in comb on reproductive physiology of queens and drones that develop in the combs (or near the combs).  He will also continue some bee breeding work that he had initiated before coming to Mississippi.
Prior to his current job, he worked as a Research Entomologist in the USDA, ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA (1999- 2012).  He selectively bred lines of honey bees for resistance to varroa mites (collaboration with John Harbo, Bob Danka and Jose’ Villa).  The mechanism of resistance in the selected bees is Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH).  Harris and co-workers demonstrated the utility of VSH bees in various commercial settings.  VSH bees are currently sold by queen producers within the U.S.  Harris plans to breed VSH bees in a close-population arena.  He studies various aspects of the behavior and genetics of the trait.  The hope is to gain a better understanding of the mode of inheritance.
Hemenway Christy Hemenway strives to keep the focus on the “spirit” of beekeeping with everything she does.  Dedicated to the goal of treatment-free beekeeping in top bar hives, Christy believes that “It’s all about the wax!” - about clean, natural beeswax, made BY bees, FOR bees!  An engaging speaker and teacher, Christy is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper - A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives and the founder of Gold Star Honeybees, makers of the best top bar beekeeping equipment you can buy!
ElizabethHillphoto Izzy Hill is the Director of the Center for Urban Bee Research and is affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Apicultural Research and Education Consortium.  Her research combines aspects of agriculture, ecology, and the social sciences and creates opportunities for beekeepers to participate in honey bee research.  Currently, she is working with her research team to examine how beekeepers can best use and rear their own beneficial nematodes as a biocontrol option for controlling Small Hive Beetle.  In June 2014, her team launched an online platform, Bugonia.com, where beekeepers can actively participate in large-scale honey bee research studies using their own hives. 
d hopkins photo Don Hopkins became interested in bees at the age of 5, when beekeeper Dave Pruden was also the bread delivery driver in his hometown.  He didn’t get a hive until he was nine or ten, but he has kept bees almost continuously since then.  As a youth beekeeper in the Morris County (NJ) Beekeepers Association he was inspired by New Jersey State Apiarist Jack Matthenius.  Don later served as president of that same organization.  Don started working for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in 1989 as a bee inspector.  In 1994, he became the State Apiarist.
Don has been president of Apiary Inspectors of America twice: in 2000 and 2010.  At EAS, Don is sometimes known as the Chief Bee Wrangler and has presented several workshops, primarily on bee diseases. His primary interest is honey bee health and biology, as well as the interactions between the bees and other organisms.  Don has been on many volunteer projects to educate and learn from beekeepers in other countries.  His trips to Bolivia have given him experience with Africanized Honey Bees and insight as to how the beekeepers there manage the bees.
Janini Thomas E. Janini, PhD is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Arts, Science and Business Technologies Division at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster, Ohio. Dr. Janini received a BA in Chemistry (1987) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry (1997) from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Janini studied and synthesized nanostructured polymers as a post‐doctoral fellow at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (1998). He then conducted research in the polymer and pharmaceutical industries (1998‐2005). Dr. Janini held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University (2005‐2007) before becoming an Assistant Professor at Ohio State ATI. Dr. Janini was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. He currently teaches courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Dr. Janini is the faculty advisor to the ATI Student Bee Club. His current interests include the impact of man made chemicals on honey bees.
 Hope Johnson Hope Johnson - studied studio art, including fiber art with Carol D. Westfall, and earned a certificate for Art Education K-12 and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ in 1982.
She was inspired by the early work of the quilter Jinny Beyer and starting with a hand-quilting class taught by Gail Hausler. Hope went on to create original art quilts and eventually taught quilting to adults in West Orange, NJ. An active member of the Champlain Valley Quilter’s Guild, VT since 2005, she designed and pieced the Lady of the Lake Raffle quilt in 2009 and presented an original research paper on the Lady of the Lake pattern to the guild in September 2009.
Hope is the recipient of the 2009 Vermont Quilt Festival’s Governor’s Award, she has won blue ribbons at the Vermont Quilt Festival,and the Champlain Valley Quilter’s Show at Shelburne Farms
Her bee quilts have been shown and sold at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington, VT and the Town Hall Theater Jackson Gallery in Middlebury, VT. . She has made commissioned pieces for beekeepers in North Carolina, California and New Jersey and her quilts are in private collections in the Northeast.
keller Jennifer Keller is the Apiculture Technician at NC State University. Her multiple responsibilities include coordinating all of the field research in the Apiculture program (including queen rearing and instrumental inseminations), maintaining the Lake Wheeler Honey Bee Research Facility south of NC State’s main campus, and conducting numerous extension activities all across the state.
 ErinForbes Erin MacGregor - is an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper.  She and her business partner Cindy Bee manage 100+ colonies in Maine for honey and nuc production.  Erin focuses her teaching on sustainable bee management, IPM strategies, and overwintering nucleus colonies.   Erin’s passion is working with the bees own instincts and behaviors to create thriving colonies, and communicating those concepts to the human beekeepers who want to help their colonies maximize their potential.
mangum Wyatt A. Mangum (Ph.D.) is an internationally-known, top-bar hive beekeeper. By the time he was in high school, he had 125 frame hives and was producing honey by the ton. In 1986, he switched to top-bar hives long before most other beekeepers knew about them.
A monthly columnist for the American Bee Journal on Honey Bee Biology, Dr. Mangum is a highly sought-after speaker for bee meetings across the US, and a world traveler, working with beekeeping systems in India, Bangladesh, Bolivia, South Africa, Thailand, and Brazil.
However for his own bees, Dr. Mangum built a 200 top-bar hive operation and saw the bees through the terrible years when varroa and tracheal mites first came to America. For 10 years, he moved by himself 200 top-bar hives (weighing conservatively about 8 tons) to pollinate cucumber fields in North Carolina.
As an Apicultural Historian, that perspective helps to avoid repeating past mistakes in designing beekeeping equipment and keeps the top-bar hive equipment practical.
His scientific approach, observing how bees use equipment in observation hives (for example syrup feeders), makes sure the new equipment works from the bees’ perspective.
Dr. Mangum is also a specialist in the photography of bee behavior under difficult or delicate conditions, a talent brought to his book to produce the many rarely seen pictures.  He worked out the technical aspects of using game cameras in apiaries to photograph nocturnal wildlife around the hives. The most stunning pictures are in his book Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping:  Wisdom and Pleasure Combined.
mcrory Doug McRory was born in Kingston, Ontario.  His father worked for the Department of Highways which led to several moves during Doug’s youth. They live in Owen Sound, Ontario when Doug was introduced to beekeeping and he also married his high school sweetheart Norma Farrow there.  Doug went to University of Guelph where he specialized in Apiculture and Entomology graduating in 1968. Doug, Norma and Pam moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Doug was Provincial Apiarist. Ken was born while the family was in Winnipeg. They then moved to Benito, Manitoba and Doug operated McRory Apiaries with 4200 colonies. That was the era of “package bees” in western Canada and Doug and Norma made many trips to California for bees. The family moved back to Ontario and Doug became Provincial Apiarist of Ontario.  Doug held that position for 24 years until retirement about 5 years ago.  Doug has been busy since retirement having served on Calvary Baptist church board, Ontario Beekeeper’s Association board and Canadian Honey Council board and now is focused on EAS as Vice President.  Doug also currently operates 300 bee hives for nucs and pollination. Check Doug’s website at dougsbees.com.
 Milbrath Dr. Meghan Milbrath is a beekeeper and an infectious disease researcher. She has been keeping bees for over 20 years, and in 2012 had the opportunity to apply her background in disease risk to study microsporidia infection in her favorite organisms - honey bees.  She is current president for the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers Association, and is active in the Center of Michigan Beekeepers club, the Michigan Beekeepers' Association, and the South East Michigan Beekeepers Association.   She teaches beekeeping management, and is the chair of the Northern Bee Network.   Dr. Milbrath raises northern queens on her farm in Stockbridge, MI.
Mundell Rich Mundell is a 1990 graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.  After receiving his BS in animal science he began a 23 year career with the University of Kentucky as a plant scientist.  Rich started with the University as a laboratory technician with the University’s Agronomy department.   In 1993 he took a position as a research analysis with the University’s clover breeding program.  It was during his work on improved red and white clover varieties, that he was first introduced to the world of pollinators.  Both honey bees and domesticated bumble bees were heavily utilized to naturally cross pollinate clover breeding lines in the development of new varieties.  In 2001 Rich accepted his current position with the University’s Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center (KTRDC) where he conducts applied field and greenhouse research on alternative uses for tobacco and other native plant species that have the potential to benefit Kentucky farmers.  As part of his research Rich has developed several interspecific hybrid tobacco lines that were specifically developed for new uses.  Again, honey bees were an essential component of his research and as a result he has become a confident bee keeper.  One of the hybrids has been found to produce very large quantities of high sugar nectar and may be a very beneficial plant for pollinators’ world wide.
 pace John and Debbie Pace are owners and managers of Green Palace Meadery,
LLC, a small farm winery in southcentral Kentucky specializing in mead
and honey and hive products. John is a beekeeper and he is active in
local and state beeekeeping organizations. He received a MS in
Agriculture from Western Kentucky University and has previously been
awarded the Kentucky State Beekeeper Association's Beekeeper of the
Year Award.
palmer MichaelPalmer - lives in St. Albans, Vermont with his wife Lesley, their Blue Tick hound, a Hereford cow named Meat, and a new flock of Orpington chickens. When not helping his crew manage the honey production colonies, or spending countless hours in the queen rearing apiaries, Mike teaches sustainable beekeeping to anyone who will listen.
 Red-Laird Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of Bee Girl. Her love of bees and their honey began in Southern Oregon, on the deck of her aunt’s cabin, at the end of a country road. She brought her affinity for beekeeping with her to the University of Montana where she chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her Davidson Honors College research thesis. Sarah's affinity for Apis mellifera was apparent to Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk at the UM Honey Bee Lab, and he gladly put her to work in research. Sarah finished her time as a student at UM with a presentation on her CCD and beekeeping findings at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research titled, "How to Keep 100,000 Girlfriends, the Careful Relationship of a Beekeeper and Her Honey Bees." She graduated with honors, and as a University Scholar from UM's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy.  Sarah returned home to Southern Oregon late 2010. She found a niche combining her love of bees with her education, outreach, research, conservation, and non-profit experience to encourage and support beekeepers and bee lovers through her nonprofit organization, Bee Girl.  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 2014 Oregon State Delegate to the American Beekeeping Federation, a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, the Regional Representative for the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association, mentor and coordinator of the Southern Oregon University Beekeeping Club and apiary, the Oregon Outreach Coordinator for the Bee Friendly Farming Initiative, and a 2012 graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program.  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 Dog.  
 sammataro Dr. 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 current position is a Research Entomologist with Dr. G. DeGrandi-Hoffman and staff.  Her work at the lab includes research on bee nutrition problems, Varroa, proteomics of bees and mites, and current pollination problems. She is co-editor of a collection of bee research articles: Honey Bee Colony Health: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions that was published in 2011; she is currently working on a honey plants flip book. She has published over 40 scientific articles, and contributed to 4 other books as well as instructional videos.  Currently retired
 Kelly Burundi Kelly Watson is an assistant professor of geography at Eastern Kentucky University and a second-generation beekeeper from Florida. She earned a Ph.D. in geography from Florida State University in 2010, where she was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship for her research on the tupelo honey industry. She continues to examine the geographies of apiculture and is currently working with beekeepers in rural regions of the East African nation of Burundi.




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