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.

As a volunteer organization we are constantly seeking talent to help make our organization better. If you’re interested in volunteering – please fill out this form.



Ashley Ralph
Ashley Ralph

Ashley and her husband Justin own Prime Bees apiary in College Station, Texas. They offer educational services as well as pollination, raw honey, agricultural leases, and bee sales. Ashley owns a real estate brokerage in Bryan / College Station and enjoys the change in pace that beekeeping brings. She is in the Master Beekeeping Program and is an active member and President of the Brazos Valley Beekeepers Association.

John (JJ) Swan
John Swan

John Swan is the owner of Wicked Bee Apiary where he manages an average 40 honeybee hives, provides training and consultations for other beekeepers, and hive management services for land owners. From the hives at the Apiary, John produces his unique line of Wicked Bee Honey products. He is also the owner of Wicked Bee Removal Service.

John is currently President of the Travis County Beekeeper’s Association. John is also a member of the Texas Master Beekeeper’s program and a board member for the Austin Area Garden Clubs at Zilker Botanical Gardens.

Executive Secretary:
Leesa Hyder

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

Julie Haza

Julie Haza joined the TBA Board as Treasurer in 2021.

Chris Doggett
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 was President of Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association.

Directors At Large

Dodie Stillman
Director, Area 1
Dodie Stillman

After finding out that both her grandfathers kept honey bees, she knew it would be in her future. In 2011 Dodie started attending the Austin Area Beekeepers Meet-ups and the Williamson County Area Beekeepers Association meetings. After spending a year attending classes and learning about bees she was able to purchase her first 2 hives. Still searching for more information she jumped into the inaugural class of the Texas Master Beekeepers Program and became one of the first official Master Beekeepers in the state of Texas. After keeping her Langstroth hives up and running productively for 5 year, she started her first Top Bar hive. She has spent the last two years as the President of the Austin Area Beekeepers Association (AABA), and can be found most weekends teaching a beginner or intermediate level beekeeping class.

Robin Young
Director, Area 2
Robin Young

Robin and her husband Jack are the blessed parents of four children ages 4 to 8. Robin is an entrepreneurial business person enjoying business in beekeeping, a Christian based mother’s-day-out program and operating a family ranch. In her younger years she was a District Manager of Subway in the DFW area.

She is a Texas Master Beekeeper as of 2017. She will turn in and take final testing to become an Artisan Beekeeper in the spring of 2019 majoring in Queen Rearing.

Charlie Agar
Director, Area 3
Charlie Agar

Charlie Agar got his first hive of bees in 2013, but when he started doing nuisance hive removals the following year his beekeeping work blossomed into a sideline business that’s spawned new friendships, travel, and lots of crazy experiences. Today he does bee removals, manages roughly 50 colonies, and helps ag clients all across Comal and Guadalupe Counties. Charlie also runs a small video production and marketing company by day. His work with bees is the subject of a reality TV show – Charlie Bee Company – now in development. Charlie lives in New Braunfels with wife Kaye, three dogs, and four backyard chickens.

Director, Area 4:
Rebecca Vaughan

Rebecca was born in Tyler, TX and grew up in Carrollton. She owns Eastside Honey Bee Management in Wills Point and works extensively with the local community, making school presentations, leading beginner bee classes as well as classes on pollination and rescuing honey bee swarms. She is the Event Organizer for Texas Beekeepers Association and will always welcome suggestions for conference locations. She is an Advanced Beekeeper in the Texas Master Beekeeping Program and will always welcome you to come by and see her bees.

Monica Siwiak
Director, Area 5
Monica Siwiak

Monica Siwiak is the Area 5 Director.

Myra Smith
Director, Area 6
Myra Smith

Myra is a hobbyist beekeeper. She and her husband Glynn have 12 hives and have been beekeepers for seven years. She and Glynn are experienced with both Langstroth and Top Bar hives. They enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of beekeeping by teaching classes and presenting programs to schools and other community groups. Myra is Vice President and Program Director for the Longview Bee Club. She is on the Board of Directors and Program Director for the Marshall Bee Club and for the Wood County Bee Club. Myra is President of the NET Beekeepers Conference. Myra is also a Master Gardener.

Membership Director

Shirley Doggett
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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