Please see bottom of page to learn more about our Officers and Trustees
- President – Jeff Steenbergen
- Vice-President – Skip Knox
- Secretary – Maureen Sullivan
- Treasurer – Bruce Becker
- Kit Hiatt
- Nancy Beckett
- Amber Davis
- Eileen Maloney
- Jose Santiago
COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND COORDINATORS:
- Apiary Committee Chair – Maureen Sullivan
- Bee Package Coordinator – Maureen Sullivan/Tracy Klein
- Education Committee Chair – Kathy Cox
- Events Planning Committee Chair – Kit Hiatt
- Extractor Rental Coordinator – Margaret Stine
- Fundraising Committee Chair – open
- Honey Sales Committee Chair – Nancy Beckett
- Master Beekeeper Program Coordinator (Journeyman lvl+) – open
- Meeting Hospitality Coordinator – Nancy Beckett
- Meeting Speaker Committee Chair – open
- Membership Committee Chair – open
- Neighborhood Captain Committee Chair – Amber Davis
- Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator – open
- Pollinator Seeds Coordinator – Bruce Becker/Nancy Beckett
- Pollinator Week Coordinator – Maureen Sullivan
- PR Director/Editor – Krista Conner
- Publishing Committee Chair – open
- Swarm List Coordinator – Jeff Steenbergen
- Volunteer Program Coordinator – Kit Hiatt
Jeff Steenbergen, President
Beekeeping Background: Jeff is a treatment free beekeeper and has been successfully keeping bees treatment free since 2012. His preferred hive style is the top bar hive, but feels that his real strength is understanding how bees use empty space and can confidently manage bees for any hive style.
He is passionate about flowering plants and has worked to improve the forage sources people plant by encouraging plantings of blooming trees and shrubs that bloom outside of the local flows when it’s most needed. Jeff is also a strong advocate of identifying honey bee traits well suited for the Puget Sound region and propagating locally adapted queens.
Board history highlights: Served as Trustee 2012-14, VP 2015-16, President 2017-18, and started a Top Bar hive class in 2013. Wrote a monthly article for PSBA Buzz called “Bee Lunch” that highlights a flower each month that bees are using for forage. Jeff is a member of the PSBA apiary committee and has helped bring treatment free approaches to the apiary. Additionally, Jeff serves as Queen Anne neighborhood captain.
Certifications: WSBA Journeyman Certification. Pursuing Master Beekeeper Certification.
Current Projects: Researching local bee populations and how distribution of drone congregation areas relate to successful queen mating.
Maureen Sullivan, Secretary
Beekeeping background: Board Member since 2013. PSBA Secretary and Apiary Team Lead 2013 – Present.
Beekeeping Style: Hobbyist with 3.5 yrs experience uses Natural beekeeping practices. In process of transitioning the PSBA apiary to natural comb and increasing number of 8 frame hives.
Equipment Preference/Expertise: Langstroth 8 Frame
More info: The quintessential fix-it type – Maureen gets things done!
As Secretary, Maureen plans to: Continue to develop programs such as Pollinators Week, Swarm Management Skills and planting resources for honeybees. PSBA’s mission statement may focus on honeybees, but other pollinators are critical and need the attention of PSBA. With so many new beekeepers, it’s critical that PSBA continue to emphasize basic hive management skills (swarm management!) and local queens. Continue to emphasize building your own bee management tools, brood breaks and queen rearing.
Bruce Becker, Treasurer
Beekeeping Background: Bruce has served as Treasurer and in other roles in some capacity since 2006, and has been keeping bees since 1968. Bruce is a Sideliner, selling honey through his small business The Lazy Bee.
Beekeeping style: 10 frame Langstroth, treatments for mites- have used Apistan, Sucricide, formic acid pads, and formic acid quick strips with success
More info: Bruce is an Attorney and CPA and has used these skills to serve PSBA.
As Treasurer: Bruce would like to see PSBA encourage the city, other organizations, and nurseries to plant nectar producing trees along streets and in yards.
Krista Conner, Editor/PR Director
PSBA Member since 2007, Board Member since 2008…Krista has served PSBA in various roles: President 2013-14, Vice President, News Editor/Publicity Director
Beekeeping Profile: Sideliner, I use organic treatments
Certifications: Journeyman Beekeeper- WSBA.
Equipment/Interests/Expertise: Langstroth 8 and 10 Frame (All Westerns).
More info: Outside of beekeeping, Krista works at Microsoft. She resides in West Seattle and is owner of Seattle Bee Works offering local honey, hive hosting, and mentoring to beekeepers.
As a board member: Krista will support the strategy and goal setting for the organization. Will take steps to increase PSBA’s focus to create more forage for bees – engaging community partners to achieve this.
Kit Hiatt, Trustee
Beekeeping Background: Hobbyist Beekeeper since 2014
Equipment Expertise: Langstroth, 8 frame; I am learning to appreciate natural forms of hive management.
More Info: In a prior life, Kit spent twenty five years in Seattle radio advertising sales. Communications, project management, media relations and editing are skills that may contribute to PSBA in some way.
Amber Davis, Trustee
Beekeeping Background: Amber has yet to keep her own bees! However, she has been planting bee-friendly gardens for years and plans to keep bees in the back yard at the first opportunity!
More info: With Washington as her new home, she plans to dive in with full force helping the honeybee population. Her background is in education, marketing, negotiations, and finance, so she hopes to be a jack-of-all-trades for the PSBA.
As Trustee: Amber would like to help educate the Greater Sound area on the best ways to use their space to help honeybees, whether through keeping hives where possible or even simply planting for maximum blooms. She also wants to help grow the PSBA, because the more members we have, the more help we can all give each other! Check the blog for more information on how we’re helping our local bee population!