STAFF

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 her at debra@planetbee.org or call (415) 235-8959.


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 Sarah@planetbee.org

Zach Parlee

 Environmental Educator & Community Outreach

Zach graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he received a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. He is a certified teacher and  Teach-for-America grad where he taught middle school science for two years on the Big Island of Hawaii. His passion for environmental education is rooted in a belief that meaningful relationships with nature empower students to become agents of change. To contact, please email zach@planetbee.org

 

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Nancy Luo

Jack-of-all-Trades Intern 

Nancy is a Bay Area native and currently studying to transfer to a UC in order to pursue a bachelor’s in bioengineering. She has incredible appreciation for the environment and beauty of the Bay Area, and spends weekends exploring the trails of Marin County as a hiker and novice trail runner. She also loves drawing, baking, and growing succulents. She’s very excited to intern for Planet Bee and hopes to share her love of biology and the outdoors with future generations.

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Drea Garing

Research Intern

Drea is SoCal native and senior at San Francisco State University majoring in biology.  Her future plans include going to medical school and becoming a doctor. Drea has been invaluable around the office digging into current research, assisting with community outreach and being an all around extra set of hands. There is nothing she won't tackle!

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Jordan Teran

Environmental Education Intern

Jordan Teran attends San Francisco State University as an Environmental Studies major with a concentration in natural resource management and conservation. He grew up in the Central Valley of CA. When he's not teaching the public at Planet Bee's educational tables or working in the office, he can be found with his nose in a book. His favorite part of bee-ing a Planet Bee intern is watching a kid's eyes light up with curiosity the first time they see an observation hive. 

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Ginger Haight

Entomology Intern

Ginger was raised in California, and from a young age fell in love with the study of insects and ecology. In high school she worked at the Essig Museum of Entomology, and  went on to research native bees in wildlands, urban, and agricultural settings. She is recent UC Berkeley grad with a Conservation and Resource Studies major and Forestry minor. Ginger is committed to inspiring people from all walks of life, to conserve and restore ecosystems.


VOLUNTEERS

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 our official Planet Bee photographers and videographer. Ashley ultimately wants to combine her love of science and art in her future career.  

Ayla Fudala

Educator Emeritus and Guest Writer

Ayla is a former Planet Bee Staff Writer and Environmental Educator. She is currently pursuing her Master of Letters in Environment, Culture, and Communications at the University of Glasgow, while staying on as a guest writer .  Her dream is to educate the public about environmental issues through storytelling and other creative methods. 

 

Joelle Dugay

 Entomologist

Joelle is a bee enthusiast, entomologist and recent graduate of SF State University, where she received her degree in biology with a concentration in zoology. She interned for Planet Bee for two years, helping to teach programs, schedule lessons, run events, and just about everything else. Now she's stepped into a volunteer role. 

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

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 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.

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 emeritus 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.