Debra Tomaszewski

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 5 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. To contact Debra directly, please email here at or call (415)235-8959.

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Sarah Thorson

Planet Bee Program Director & Educator

Sarah 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

Ayla Fudala

Planet Bee Educator & Staff Writer

Ayla 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. 


Joelle Dugay

 Entomology Intern

Joelle is a bee enthusiast, entomologist and senior at SF 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. 


Nicole Zamignani

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.

Ashley Velasquez

Photographer Extraordinaire Intern 

Ashley 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.  


Brit Miramontes

Entomology Intern

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 Garvin


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.

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Emily Erickson


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 See


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. 


Bill Tomaszewski

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 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.


Jaynée Howe

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!

Ana Keller

Board of Directors Member

We are overjoyed to welcome the newest member of our team, Ana Keller! Ana is the Estate Director of Keller Estate Winery, home to Planet Bee beehives for several years. Teaching beekeeping workshops at the beautiful Keller Estate is always one of the highlights of our year. Ana is dedicated to leaving an indelible mark as a steward of the land, as well as developing distinctive estate vineyards that produce elegant, balanced and age-worthy wines.



John Hafernik 

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 past President and on the Board of Trustees for the California Academy of Sciences, past President of the American Association for Advancement of Science, Pacific Division, a partner to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and project founder for the internationally recognized ZomBee Watch Citizen Science Project. His discoveries have been highlighted in Time Magazine, The Week, Scientific American, Science News and the New Scientist, among other venues. 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. 

Kenton Chow

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.