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.

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Interim Vice-President:
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.

Executive Secretary:
Leesa Hyder

Leesa Hyder joined the TBA Board as Executive Secretary in 2016.


Our Executive Secretary, Leesa Hyder, will be serving as Interim Treasurer until a new Treasurer can be named.

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

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.

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.

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.




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.

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.


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.

Lance Wilson & Chris Doggett

Long time board members Lance Wilson and Chris Doggett will be serving as co-Event Coordinators.