2023 MBA Board of Directors
President - Russ Killingsworth
Russ became a beekeeper’s henchman by hanging around 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. Along with being stung a few dozen times while working with bees, that 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 - open
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 - vacant
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 - Keith Miller
I started my beekeeping adventure in 2016 while assisting with spring splits for another beekeeper. My plan is to follow in the footsteps of the most famous literary apiarist and retire to beekeeping in a few years. Using my carpentry skills, I have built equipment for my apiaries and to catch swarms. I also use my knowledge of residential construction to assist in doing removals.
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.