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 10 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 of creating environmental stewards through the love of bees and our planet. To contact Debra directly, please email her at email@example.com or call (415) 235-8959.
Haley came to us from Stanford University’s Sustainable Food Program. She first became interested in sustainability during her time at Willamette University, where she graduated with a degree in Rhetoric. Haley later got her Permaculture Design Certificate, while completing a Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala. This kickstarted her passion for building community and educating others about environmental practices. She is an avid snowboarder, an amateur artist, and a passionate yogi. To contact, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill is a master beekeeper with over 18 years of beekeeping experience. As co-founder of Planet Bee, he manages hives at several apiaries throughout the Bay Area and has led countless workshops on any aspect of beekeeping you can imagine, from bee installation to harvesting honey. It is his joy to introduce people to the incredible world of beekeeping through up-close and one-of-a-kind experiences. His style is very fluid and participant focused, with an emphasis on having fun!
Dr. Jason Graham
Entomologist & Educator
Dr. Jason Graham is a bee researcher and has worked with honey bees and beekeepers for 12+ years. He earned his PhD in the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at University of Florida. For his post-doctoral work, Dr. Graham studied the known populations of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees and contributed data that helped to list these pollinators as endangered species. He has presented his bee research at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, has led field trips for the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and his research has been featured by National Geographic.
Eliana attends the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a double major in Environmental Studies and Economics. She is passionate about the interconnected nature of our ecosystems and our role in protecting the environment. Eliana’s focus is Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice. She’s dedicated to having a positive impact on our planet and the all creatures that inhabit it.
Communication & Marketing Intern
Tessa studies at Emerson College where she is majoring in Communications Studies and getting a minor in Environmental Studies. Growing up in the Bay Area, she has a great zeal for the outdoors and the preservation of nature. She hopes to use her degree to continue to work within environmental nonprofits to achieve their goals and protect our planet.
Visual Design Intern
Courtney is a second year student at the University of San Francisco, where she is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Global Politics and Societies, as well as a double minor in African Studies and Design. She hopes to bridge her background in politics and visual art as a way to raise more awareness for environmental issues.
Educator & Admin Intern
Emma is a college senior studying English and Outdoor Education. She is excited about using the outdoors and environment to foster an appreciation of nature within the local community. In the future she hopes to explore wilderness education, finding exciting and impactful ways to teach in the outdoors.
Environmental Science & Admin Intern
Sam is a student currently attending Diablo Valley College with a major in Environmental Science. She has been passionate about working in an environmental field since a young age and enjoys being out in nature as much as she can, exploring our beautiful world. In the future, she hopes to continue working as much as she can to help preserve and sustain our environment for years to come.
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 18 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 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.
Dr. 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.
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.
Special thanks to Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati for providing pro-bono legal services for our nonprofit.