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

Blake Shook
President:
Blake Shook


Vice-President:
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.


Executive Secretary:
Leesa Hyder

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


Treasurer:
(Vacant)

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

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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
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.


Director, Area 2


Director, Area 3

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Director, Area 4:
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.

Harrison

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


Coordinators

Shirley
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.


Events
Lance Wilson & Chris Doggett

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