Co-Founder & Executive Director
Debra is a seasoned educator with over 25 years of experience as a public school teacher, college professor, supervisor for student teachers and curriculum writer. For the last 4 years, she's worked hand in hand with schools, community organizations, environmental centers, and corporations to develop Planet Bee Foundation's educational program and forward its mission.
Planet Bee Teacher & Staff Writer
Ayla is one of our full-time teachers and our staff writer. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received degrees in Environmental Studies and English. Ayla has also interned for the EPA and USDA, and has spent two summers teaching creative writing to children. She has completed independent research projects on microclimatology in the Peruvian Amazon and on organic farming in Hong Kong. Her dream is to find ways to teach children environmental stewardship through storytelling and other creative methods.
Planet Bee Teacher & Community Outreach Lead
Sarah is also one of our full-time educators and assists with with community outreach. She graduated from Chapman University, where she earned degrees in Environmental Science and Policy as well as Dance. During undergrad, she conducted independent research on tide pool biodiversity in Costa Rica. Sarah is extremely passionate about environmental issues and conservation. Her long-term goal in life is to integrate more environmental concepts and awareness into school curriculum at the elementary school level. To contact, please email Sarah@planetbee.org
Program Manager & Entomology Intern
Joelle is a bee enthusiast, entomologist and senior at San Francisco State University majoring in biology with a concentration in zoology - who has a love of insect taxonomy. She's worn many hats over the years and is currently scheduling all educational programs and assisting in the classroom.
Educator & Worker Bee Intern
Nicole joins the Planet Bee team as a jack of all trades worker bee. She is a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in biology and concentrating in physiology, who also loves the environment and children. She helped develop the ZomBee Watch curriculum and is assisting in the office. After graduating next year, Nicole plans on pursuing a career as a pediatrician.
Photographer Extraordinaire Intern
We're thrilled to welcome Ashley to the Planet Bee team. She is a visual communications major with a minor in biology at San Francisco State University. Her creative vision and talents are put to good use as one our official Planet Bee photographer and videographer. Ashley ultimately wants to combine her love of science and art in future career.
Brittanie joins Planet Bee as an intern and recent graduate of San Francisco State University. She received her degree in Zoology and eventually wishes to pursue an entomology based career. When she isn't working with dogs, Brittanie volunteers her free time at Planet Bee to maintain connections with the growing scientific community while still getting to work with the insects she loves!
Shane is a teaching fellow at San Francisco State University and a biology major at San Francisco State University concentrating on entomology. He took the lead in creating our new Citizen Science program, by working closely with ZomBee discoverer Professor John Hafernik. He helped to pilot our K-12 ZomBee Watch curriculum in schools. Shane is also working towards his high school science teaching credential.
Emily is a master’s student in Entomology at the Pennsylvania State University. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis with a B.S. in Agricultural Science and a minor in Entomology. Now, she is enjoying learning about native bee behavior and identification for her current research project. Eventually, Emily hopes to work with urban bee conservation through habitat restoration and pollinator gardens.
Joseph grew up in Fresno California, and has had a lifelong love for insects and other living things. After graduating from California State University Long Beach, he has worked mainly as an environmental educator. Joseph is passionate about connecting people with science and fostering a love for the natural world. When not working, Joseph is usually tinkering with some sort of creature or plant related project, such as building observation hives.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors President, Planet Bee Co-Founder, & Master Beekeeper
Bill is Planet Bee's co-founder and master beekeeper. He is also General Counsel at Wine.com. Bill has kept hives for over 16 years and trained every kind of backyard beekeeper including hobbyists, teachers, principals, children, spa owners, and hundreds of San Francisco area tech company employees. His wealth of knowledge as a seasoned attorney, businessman, and civic leader, and his deep love for the environment, have been instrumental in Planet Bee's creation.
Board of Directors Member
GeoTots founder Jaynée Howe brings a deep knowledge and expertise in digital marketing and content production to Planet Bee. An early player in the digital media field, she has worked steadily in an array of roles: desktop video production; software art creation; international education kiosk and gaming development; commercial and mobile production; and feature films. Jaynée's passion for science and environmental education is contagious!
Board of Direction Member
We are honored to have John serve on our Board of Directors. John is a Professor of Entomology at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley as well as being on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Sciences, a partner to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and project founder for the internationally recognized ZomBee Watch Citizen Science Project. His expertise and love for education are inspirational. John has been essential for helping to develop and implement many of Planet Bee programs, particularly our new ZomBee Watch school curriculum.
Board of Directors Member
We are delighted to have Kenton Chow, CFO of FLG Partners, as one of our Board of Directors to help guide Planet Bee in all financial matters. He has served on many nonprofit boards in the Bay Area and brings invaluable financial expertise to Planet Bee.
Special thanks to Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati for providing pro-bono legal services for our nonprofit.