Please see bottom of page to learn more about our Officers and Trustees
- President – Jeff Steenbergen
- Vice-President – open
- Secretary – Maureen Sullivan
- Treasurer – Bruce Becker
- Kit Hiatt
- Lisa Nguyen
- Nancy Beckett
- Amber Davis
- Daniel Najera
- Monica Armstrong
- Kathy Cox
COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND COORDINATORS:
- Apiary Committee Chair – Maureen Sullivan
- Education Committee Chair – Kathy Cox
- Events Planning Committee Chair – Kit Hiatt
- Honey Sales Committee Chair – Nancy Beckett
- Master Beekeeper Program Coordinator – Kathy Cox
- Meeting Speaker Committee Chair – Monica Armstrong
- Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator – open
- PR Director/Editor and Publishing Committee Chair – Krista Conner
- Research Committee Chair – Daniel Najera
- 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.
Monica Armstrong, Trustee
Beekeeping Background: I have been beekeeping since the spring of 2015. My hives are 10-frame Langstroth hives. Currently, I have a hive of Italian bees and a hive of Carniolan bees. In general, I have made an effort to avoid synthetic substances that might be absorbed into the honey or comb when doing treatments for disease. Having recently learned about the different levels of beekeeping certification, I began keeping a journal in hopes of earning master beekeeping certification.
I love observing the similarities and differences in my two hives. One of my favorite things to do is to tap the side of the hive and hear it “roar.” When appropriate, I am teaching my two elementary school children about bee keeping. I hope to instill a skill that they can use on their own someday.
Outside of beekeeping: I teach chemistry at the high school level. It is the chemistry teacher in me that enjoys oxalic acid vaporizing my hives.
Kathy Cox, Trustee
I have been a beekeeper for 13 years and am an expert in nothing, however, I know a little about a lot of bee things! I have had as few as 2 hives and as many as 2200. Currently I have 7, with one failing because of pesticides and then mite saturation. That probably tells you I don’t use any treatments (unless you count powdered sugar, drone trapping and brood breaks) and am looking for survival of the fittest. I have ZOMBEES.
I have 2 years of Pacific NW beekeeping under my belt and before that, I was in Northern California keeping bees. I am a past vice president of Sonoma County Beekeepers ’04, ’05 and president in ’06. My main focus in my beekeeping businesses was to teach and provide nucs for new and old beekeepers. I produced 100 nucs a year and gave a 2 hr hands on class in my beeyard with each nuc.
As Trustee: I hope to continue to mentor new beekeepers, share my past experiences and be of service to PSBA.
Education: I have studied bees at Gormanston College in Ireland, attended Apimondia and many bee conferences and bee association conferences. Additionally, I have studied with Marla Spivak and Sue Cobey with the emphasis on queen rearing. In California, I considered Randy Oliver a friend in nearby Grass Valley and attended training workshops with Eric Mussen, UC Davis, retired.
Serge Labesque, who writes for Bee Culture magazine, was one of my first mentors. We currently agree to disagree on feeding bees! He teaches a beeginning and advanced class on beekeeping at Santa Rosa Junior College, which I attended. I also had a mentor and friend in Dave Cushman of England. He has the largest beekeeping site on the web, dave-cushman.net/bee/newhome.html which continues to be maintained under direction of his will, as he is, unfortunately, no longer with us.
Strengths: My strength is not what it used to be! LOL I think I am a good teacher and get excited about anything to do with bees. They are the one thing I have been most passionate about in my lifetime and sharing that is delightful.
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.
Daniel Najera, PhD, Trustee
Beekeeping background: Honeybee research and education for ~10 years. Specialty in honeybee biology, education and research. For PSBA, Danny served as trustee 2013-14 and is Chair of PSBA’s Research and Education committee. Additionally, he teaches PSBA’s Backyard Beekeeping Class and serves as Neighborhood Captain for the Kent area.
As a Trustee: Danny will improve our honeybee monitoring, education and research efforts.
Strengths: Enthusiasm and passion for increasing understanding of honeybees and our ecosystem, and improving PSBA’s engagement with the public.
Education: PhD University of Kansas – Entomology (Honeybee Cognition)
Career: Teacher at Green River Community College
Lisa Nguyen, Trustee
Beekeeping Background: Lisa wants to make a difference and PSBA welcomed her with open arms. She is here to keep learning about the Bees and sharing knowledge along the way. Right now, she is working to obtain her Beekeeping apprentice certification. She dotes bees and thinks Beekeepers are some of the kindest people on earth.
Outside of Beekeeping: She is an admin who specializes in event planning. You can find her participating in any of the PSBA (working party apiary) events.
Alex Johnston, Trustee
Beekeeping Background: Alex has been a beekeeper since 2009 with 2-4 Langstroth hives. A bit of a geeky beek – love hive data (have used broodminder monitors and just got a FLIR thermal camera)
As Trustee: Volunteer interests include:
- Helping with community education
- Strategic outreach to build high impact partnerships (e.g. planting pollinator trees…)
- Helping with any fundraising needs
- Strategy for volunteer recruitment needs and retention
- Open to helping in other areas as needed
- Professional background in nonprofit fundraising and management
- Currently working at Washington STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
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!