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.



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.

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 400 colonies in 2015, with a goal of 1,000 by 2017.

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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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.

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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Area Director:
Lisa Dittfurth
Caddo Trace BA, Collin County Hobby BA, Denton Co. BA, N.E. Texas BA, Trinity Valley BA, Red River BA

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.


Area Director:
Leesa Hyder
Brazos County BA,  Central Texas BA, Hillsboro (new) BA,  Montgomery County BA, Walker County BA


Area Director:
Tammy Barr
Alamo Area BA, Concho Valley BA, Erath County BA, Dino BA, Fredericksburg BA, Metro BA

As a young girl, I was fascinated by my Grandfather’s bees. I have found memories of helping him during the honey harvest and going with him and his brother to catch swarms. I am a small scale beekeeper in far west Texas. I work with the Range Animal Science department at Sul Ross State University to educate students in the agriculture field on the importance of bees. I am currently working with County Agents in 3 counties organizing a beekeeping club and beginning beekeeping classes.




Area Director:
Harrison Rogers
Brazoria County BA, Coastal Bend BA, Ft Bend BA, Harris County BA, Houston BA

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.


Area Director:
Cameron Crane
East Texas BA, Lakes Area BA, Liberty County BA, Marshall BA, Piney Woods BA

Resides in Baytown, TX. Property and bees in Cleveland, Tx. -Former Secretary of Harris County and current Sec./ founding member of Liberty County Beekeepers. I’ve been beekeeping since 2011 reading, studying and attending as many classes as I can. My business partner Ron Bentley and I went from 9 hives to 48 hives and wintering 8 nucs this year. We are working toward selling gentle hygienic bees that do well in the Texas heat and chemical free beekeeping.

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Lance Wilson
Austin BA, Fayette County BA, Heart of Texas BA, Travis County BA, Williamson County BA

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.



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.


James & Chari Elam

Business owners for most of our lives….We became fascinated with Honey Bees after a friend gave us a colony of bees in 2012. Using Great Granddad Elam’s smoker and hat seemed to give us more of a reason to make this overnight hobby work in our favor. We joined Montgomery County Beekeepers Association and quickly became board members, working our way up to Co-1st Vice Presidents. Teaching beekeeping has taught us more than we could have ever learned sitting in a classroom!