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 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

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



Sam Montell 

Environmental Science and Admin Intern 

Sam is a student currently attending Diablo Valley College for her second year 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.


Courtney McGuire

Biology and Research Intern

Courtney is a second year student studying Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley from San Luis Obispo. She loves exploring nature and learning more about all the creatures that live in it. In her free time Courtney enjoys reading, hiking, and trying new restaurants in the East Bay. She is very excited to be part of the Planet Bee team and help cultivate a love for nature in the next generation. 

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Cherry Chang

Teaching Intern

Cherry is a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in Liberal Studies with emphasis in Teacher Preparation and a minor in Education. She earned her Associates degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and is very interested in interactive learning as well as environmental studies. Her desire to teach overpowered her fear of bees. Her goal is to become an elementary teacher and inspire young minds. 


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 wild, urban, and agricultural settings. She is a 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.


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


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. 



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 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.

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.



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. 

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.