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.



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Blake Shook
Blake owns and operates a commercial beekeeping company which both produces and packs Texas honey. In an effort to promote beekeeping, Blake serves on the executive board of the American Beekeeping Federation, and has served as president of the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association as well as having had the privilege of speaking at meetings and conferences on local, state, national, and international level.

Vice 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.

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.

Sabine Creek Honey Farm


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

Lisa Dittfurth
Area Director:
Lisa Dittfurth
Collin County Hobby BA, Metro 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
Central Texas BA, Montgomery County BA, Walker County BA, Brazos Valley BA


Area Director:
Mark Hedley
Concho Valley BA, Dino BA, Heart of Texas BA, Rio Grande Valley BA, Coastal Bend BA

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 will manage over 300 colonies in 2014, with a goal of 1,000 by 2017.

Area Director:
Eddie Collins
Caddo Trace BA, Marshall BA, East Texas BA, Northeast Texas BA, Marshall BA, Pineywoods BA


Area Director:
Cameron Crane
Liberty County BA, Harris County BA, Fort Bend BA, Brazoria County BA, Houston 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
East Texas, Marshall, North East Texas, Trinity Valley

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.


Area Director:
Tammy Barr
Concho Valley BA, Dino BA, Heart of Texas BA, Rio Grande Valley BA, Coastal Bend 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.