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Dr. Ramesh Sagili is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He obtained his PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2007 specializing in honey bee research. His primary research focus is honey bee health, nutrition and pollination. Ramesh initiated the creation of Oregon Master Beekeeper Program and chaired the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on Pollinator Health. His research program addresses both basic and applied questions to improve honey bee health and nutrition, and hence majority of his research projects are collaborative efforts involving stakeholders (beekeepers and growers). He has authored several important research and extension publications including the popular extension publication and app titled “How to reduce bee poisoning from pesticides” that is being used by many beekeepers, growers and pesticide consultants/applicators in the country. He has received several awards including the Entomological Society of America’s Pacific Branch Research Award, Eastern Apicultural Society’s Outstanding Research Award and OSU Outreach and Engagement Award.

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Jerry Hayes started out in life as a High School teacher. He hated it. He went into another business where he worked with a beekeeper. Back many years ago Jerry knew about Honey Bees but nobody actually knew a ‘Beekeeper’, did they? Jerry asked him questions, picked his brain, became more interested and fascinated and started reading everything he could get his hands on about Honey Bees. He turned into the consummate backyard beekeeper. He did all the fun and crazy things backyard beekeepers do and built and experimented with. He wondered if he could get into the Beekeeping world and support a young family. So, with the support of his family he went back to school under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Tew, at Ohio State University. “Best thing he ever did”, Jerry said.

Years later he looks back on his opportunities as a Research Technician at the USDA/ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab, Dadant and Sons Regional Mgr., Dadant And Sons New Product Dev., and AR Mgr., Chief of the Apiary Section for the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Monsanto Honey Bee Lead, VP. of Vita Bee health North America and now Editor of Bee Culture magazine with awe ands amazement.

Add to the above the Classroom Q&A Column of the American Bee Journal for almost 40 years, the ‘Classroom’ Book, Author or Co-Author on 23 research papers and a variety of Honey Bee related articles in a variety of publications. Plus, Past President of Apiary Inspectors of America, Heartland Apiculture Assoc., Colony Collapse Working Group, CAPS Science Advisor, PAm Science Advisor, AHPA Science Advisor and many Professional Presentations internationally and media opportunities.

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Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage about 1000 colonies for migratory pollination, and produce queens, nucs, and honey.  He has over 40 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences.  Randy researches, analyzes, and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today's beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website: www.ScientificBeekeeping.com


Blake Shook, Desert Creek Honey, Blue Ridge Texas, owns and operates a commercial beekeeping company, packing company, and retail supplies company. He produces, packages, and markets Texas honey across the nation, as well as a full line of all beekeeping supplies. He also maintains a very active website, FB page, and sells his products through distributors and grocery stores. He serves on the executive board of the American Beekeeping Federation, the National Honey Board, is the chair for membership and marketing for the ABF, the President of the Texas Beekeepers Association, and has served on all levels of smaller organizations. He also speaks at meetings and conferences on local, state, national, and international levels.


Michael L. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama.   He received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University under Dr. Thomas Seeley.  His research is in how workers allocate colony resources between survival, growth, and reproduction.  He currently heads the Smith Bee Lab at Auburn University.  Dr. Smith's international research projects include growth, development, and reproductive shifts in honey bee colonies; nest construction, architecture and organization; and lifetime tracking of honey bees.


Steve Jimenez founded Hives for Heroes in 2018.
Hives for Heroes is a national military veteran non-profit organization focusing on honey bee conservation and a healthy transition from service. Through the national network of beekeepers and veterans they provide connection, purpose, and healthy relationships fostering a lifelong hobby in beekeeping.
Hives for Heroes started in late 2018 in Houston, Texas with a small team of dedicated volunteers who have become family. They have quickly grown into a nationwide organization, in all 50 states, seeking to serve the next veteran in their local community.  https://www.hivesforheroes.com/​ 
In 2019, Steve also founded rūtd - An enterprise software and mobile application solution connecting veterans and resources, in a single click, to end veteran suicide.

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Jeannie Saum, – B.S.Ed., M.Ed. is a retired educator of 37 years, a beekeeper, and co-owner of BEEpothecary, a small business that produces dietary supplements, skincare and shaving products made with propolis and other beehive resources.  Jeannie is an avid gardener, seamstress, knitter, and writer, providing magazine articles about beekeeping and hive resources. She and business partner and artist, Laurie Dotson, are working on a series of books about the health benefits of hive resources and the value-added products that can be made with them. Publication of Book 1, Health, Powered by Bees, is expected sometime in early 2021.


Jeannie and husband, Steve, have converted some of their Langstroth hives into AZ-style hives and keep bees in a Bee House, repurposed from an old camping trailer.  This has allowed Jeannie to continue beekeeping, even though her mobility is limited due to back surgeries.  She continues as an educator in retirement, sharing her passion for bee hive resources and teaching others about their amazing health benefits, the many value-added products that can be made, and Health - Powered by BEES!