2022 MBA Officers
President - Russ Killingsworth
Russ became a beekeeper’s henchman by hanging around with Gretchen during her 10 years of beekeeping. He has helped set up hives; capture swarms; requeen hives; deal with pests, aggressive hives, & annoyed neighbors; relocate hives; harvest honey, wax, & propolis; mourn losses; keep track of everything; go to club meetings & conferences; & take lots of pictures. All of that, along with being stung a few dozen times while working with bees, makes him an honorary beekeeper, though he still tells people he’s a beekeeper’s henchman. He’s been a member of MBA since 2012.
Vice President - Richard Threlkeld
Richard Threlkeld has been a beekeeper for 5 years and an officer in Metrobeekeepers for 4 years, He is a Texas Master Beekeeper - Advanced with an average of 8 hives. He earns his living as a software developer, is a retired CPA, is a retired EMT, does some catering and teaches cooking, and is active in the Society for Creative Anachronism which recreates the middle ages.
Education includes a BA in Computer Sciences (UT Austin) and a Master of Professional Accounting (UT Arlington). He is a member of the Texas Beekeepers Association and the American Federation of Beekeepers.
Like most MBA officers, he gives talks on bees and beekeeping, mentors new beekeepers, captures swarms, and relocates wild hives.
Secretary - Charles Seargeant
I became a beekeeper by accident. Shortly after moving into our new home, I noticed a swarm of bees in the cable pedestal in our backyard. I told my wife that she needed to find someone to come get them or I would get rid of them myself. After several failed attempts to have them professionally removed, she started educating me on the importance bees have on our lives and the crucial role they play in nature. It was then that I started researching how I could safely remove them. I was able to successfully move them and re- home them to a beekeeper in the country. Several months later another swarm took up residence in the pedestal and I became more intrigued with them. That was when my interest in beekeeping really took off. I purchased my first nuc in spring of 2020 and I have been hooked ever since.
Treasurer - Mark Przybyla
Mark has been studying beekeeping for the past three years, and got his first hive in 2020. He plans to add more hives in 2021, and will focus on apiaries in an urban environment. By day he is an analytical chemist and manager of a small pharmaceutical lab that he helped build. He loves science and finds the scientific side of beekeeping fascinating, including the production of items using bee products, like soap, balms, etc. He is working on a Masters in Data Analytics, and wants to start a database on beekeeping in order to further study bees and apiary management. He served 8 years in the coast guard and plans to volunteer for Hives for Heroes. In his free time Mark likes to run Marathons rain or shine, and when the weather cooperates ride his Harley. He loves camping, fishing, and many other outdoor activities.
Programs - Brent Husted
Brent’s interest in beekeeping started at 12 years old when his uncle became a hobbyist and would occasionally give the family honey. He purchased his first hive in 2010 and a few more in 2012. After capturing a swarm in 2015 he dove head first into the “art” of beekeeping and husbandry. Currently Brent has 40 hives in his apiary and enjoys the science of queen breeding. He loves working the bees with his younger children and talking about beekeeping with the community and school children.
Youth Coordinator - Katrina Semones
Katrina started her apiary with 3 hives on April 24, 2019. She enjoys her new hobby with her husband, Michael. They reside in Burleson.
Web & Social Media Director - Robert F. Morrow
Robert was introduced to bee keeping after his daughter, Amelia, won the MBA Hill/Stokes Memorial Youth Scholarship in 2017. That same year, he was awarded the Rookie Beekeeper of the Year. Together they maintain two hives at their home, along with four Bee Apiaries (2x Southlake, Westlake and Colleyville) which consist of 27 hives.
Membership - Gary Dilling
I became interested in beekeeping in 2016 after receiving the tax bill on my 10 acres. Joined Metro and signed up for the beginner beekeeping class taught by Stan Gore. I received 2 nucs from Jason Smith and began the adventure. It had grown to 17 colonies by 2019 (only needing 8 for AG exemption) when I realized I was addicted.