TBA Officers and Directors

TBA (Texas Beekeepers Association) is a member based organization representative of commercial, sideliner, and small-scale beekeepers, as well as scientists, educators and other individuals interested in the promotion and preservation of honey bees and beekeeping in the State of Texas.

Many of the TBA members are also members of their local beekeeping associations, the ABF (American Beekeeping Federation) and/or the AHPA (American Honey Producers Association), giving them experience and interest on the local and national level.

TBA has among its past presidents and directors a virtual who’s who of beekeeping. From major commercial beekeepers and queen breeders to leading educators, scientists, and businessmen, all have generously given their time and talent to lead TBA to the prominent position it holds in the state and the nation.


 

Officers

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President:
Chris Moore

Began Beekeeping in 1998 after meeting Veteran Beekeeper Glen Mace at church. Currently operates a small commercial operation with ~2500 colonies in four SE Texas Counties. Provides Pollination services for California Almonds & Texas Watermelons.

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Vice President:
Mark F. Hedley

Established Spiral Horn Apiary in 2010 to produce raw, unfiltered honey, all natural hand crafted skin care products and molded wax candles to a discerning clientele. With the aid of his wife and two daughters, they extend their business into the community through spring and fall beekeeping workshops, public speaking engagements, community apiary tours, and school field trips. Spiral Horn Apiary managed over 550 colonies in 2016, with a goal of 1,000 by 2017.

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Executive Secretary:
John Talbert

I have taught beekeeping seminars for about 15 years and am a speaker at both state and national conferences. I keep a very active profile in local educational opportunities to help provide speakers for civic clubs and schools. I as a volunteer have managed the Texas Beekeepers Association Honey Booth at the State Fair of Texas for 22 years. For six years straight, it was selected as the “Peoples Choice” exhibit in the Food and Fiber Pavilion by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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Treasurer:
Holly Medina

Holly Medina has worked in both the retail and service industries as well as in a consultant capacity with over 15 years experience in Bookkeeping, Payroll and Office Management.  From 2003 to 2005 she served as treasurer to The Society of Design Administrators and in 2008 to 2010 treasurer to The International MOMS Club of Pflugerville.

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Publications Director:
Chris Doggett

Chris Doggett received a degree in Mathematics at Bristol University in England in 1967 and moved to the United States in 1984. After a career in sales and management of electronics manufacturing companies he retired in 2002. He lives in Thrall, TX where he has been a beekeeper for seven years. In 2014 he is President of Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association and Publications Director of the Texas Beekeepers Association.


Board of Directors

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Director, Area 1:
Roger Farr

Roger is a Texas Master Beekeeper, and both he and Sue are Texas Master Gardeners; these two interests match well to be successful in beekeeping. Both Roger and his wife Sue enjoy sharing their love of beekeeping through teaching NewBee classes, mentoring new beekeepers, and speaking on bees, pollination, and pollinator-friendly plants. Roger and Sue have grown their apiary to seven hives, which produce honey to share and sell, and nucleus hives to supply other new beekeepers. They are content to be hobby beekeepers who enjoy bees and beekeepers.

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Director, Area 2
Tanya Phillips

Tanya Phillips, owner of Bee Friendly Austin, is a sideliner beekeeper in Central Texas managing about 150 colonies. She teaches classes at her apiary in SW Austin and sells raw honey and hive products in several boutique shops in Austin and surrounding Hill Country locations.  Their apiary has been featured in several film documentaries, TV episodes, editorials, and websites discussing the importance of bees to the global food supply. As the founder of the Travis County Beekeepers Association she served as board President from 2013-2016 and is a graduate of the first Master-Level Beekeeping Course with the University of Montana. Her book, Beginning Beekeeping, for Penguin Random House, comes out in March 2017.

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Director, Area 3
Lance Wilson

Lance is a Certified Master Beekeeper from the University of Georgia and Young Harris College. He is a small scale beekeeper managing hives in Llano and Travis counties in Central Texas. He promotes natural beekeeping practices and personally avoids synthetic chemicals and antibiotics. He advocates Integrated Pest Management, including organic biopesticides.  Lance is a co-organizer of the Austin Area Beekeepers Association and serves on the new Texas Master Beekeeping Program board.



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Director, Area 4
James Elam

My wife Chari and I have been keeping bees since 2012. Our 20 acre farm doubles as an apiary and beekeeping supply business (Bluebonnet Beekeeping Supply and Bee School). As past 1st Vice Presidents of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association, we learned quickly the importance of good education for beekeepers. In that 2 years serving as Program Directors, we produced over 20 programs; some of which are available on the Teaching Tools page of the TBA website. Promoting the industry and educating beekeepers is very rewarding and we feel blessed to be able to devote our time to this endeavor.

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Director, Area 5
Harrison Rogers

Harrison is a hobbyist beekeeper that lives in Brookside Village with his wife Mary. They have had hives on their property for five years and produce a modest crop of honey for family use and local sales. He is a retired engineer and is Vice President of Harris County Beekeepers Association. He is responsible for programs for both Harris County and Brazoria County Beekeepers Associations. He is a member of the first graduating class of Texas Master Beekeepers and begins his first year as TBA director in 2016.

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Director, Area 6
Cameron Crane

Cameron started beekeeping in 2011 and is currently working on his Texas Master Beekeeper. He is Secretary and a founding member of Liberty County Beekeepers. With his business partner, Ron Bentley, Bentley Bees is up to 100 hives in Southeast Texas. Honey and hive products are sold under Crane Meadows. As Cameron and Ron venture into mead making with Mystik Oak Mead, they are organizers and are proud sponsors of the Gulf Coast Mead Festival.


Coordinators

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Membership
Shirley Doggett

Shirley was born in Northampton, England, and came to the US in 1985 where she graduated Dominican College, Blauvelt, NY with a degree in Education. She taught multi-handicapped adults at Dominican before moving on to manage a group home. She married Chris in Ambler, PA in 1988 and moved to Round Rock, TX in 1992. Shirley managed a school for 72 multi-handicapped children in Austin, TX before moving on to teach Special Ed. at Forest Creek Elementary School in Round Rock. Now retired and living in Thrall, TX.

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Communications
Chari Elam

My husband James and I keep bees on our 20 acre farm in Willis. We began beekeeping in 2012 and are Past 1st Vice Presidents of Montgomery County Beekeepers Association. April 9th of this year we opened a beekeeping supply business (Bluebonnet Beekeeping Supplies) and also teach classes in the store/classroom located at our apiary. I love beekeeping and people. Working with the over 40 TBA member clubs, industry vendors and all of the TBA membership makes for a very fun and busy life!

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Events
Lisa Dittfurth

Married to Russell Dittfurth. Co-Owner of Crooked Creek Honey Farm located in Anna, Texas. Russell and I started beekeeping in 2012 with John Talbert’s “Mastering the Art of Beekeeping” five month instructional class. Our first year of beekeeping culminated with two bee hives and 150 pounds of honey. We were hooked! Two years later, we have 21 hives and plan to keep growing. Our objective is to develop a sideline / retirement beekeeping business.