Guillermo Fernandez 

The grandson of a farmer and beekeeper, Guillermo is a Marketing executive that has held key marketing roles at People, Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.  He has been an urban bee keeper for nearly a decade, with honey as well as solitary bees.

His story begins in a neighborhood where one in three people lived in poverty, a “food desert”. Fast-food outlets were plentiful but fresh and organic food was many miles away. This personal experience shaped his belief that every person deserves access to healthy food, including the 29 million Americans living in a food desert.

Over time, his childhood experiences merged with his passion for beekeeping. Now he has a lifelong commitment to advance public education about bees and to place bees in communities where they can thrive and pollinate locally grown food.



smalljuly2016Nancy Rathbun Scott

Founder and principal of Liberty Communications Group, Nancy is a writer, editor, blogger, marketer, thinker, and social media advocate. Nancy is the creator and editor of OurFoodNews. She has worked extensively with the American Nursery and Landscape Association and served for 11 years as the editor of ANLA’s monthly magazine and enewsletters. For seven years, Nancy wrote a weekly column on franchising for USA Today and, in 2015, retired her 17-year assignment as editor of Marketing AdVents, the award-winning monthly publication of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington D.C. 



Erica Vartanian

Erica is a philosopher who spends a lot of time in thought, but decided it was time to put her beliefs in action. She is thrilled to have found a way to help promote local food systems and bee conservation through the Honeybee Conservancy. Thanks to the resources and inspiration of the HBC, she is now planning a new garden with native, pollinator-friendly plants. She is interested in urban planning, permaculture, and environmental/animal ethics. She also enjoys songwriting and hopes that someday her music could inspire tiny shifts in environmental awareness for listeners.


Emily Vander Ark


Emily Vander Ark

Emily is a writer getting her MFA from Spalding University. She works in a public library and teaches at a community college, but in her spare time she explores the beauty of surrounding southwest Michigan with her husband and a crazy dog. A vegetable gardening hobby led to her increased awareness of honeybees and their plight, and she dreams of someday keeping a hive. Visit Emily at emilyvanderark.com, or check out her blog at ibelonginabook.wordpress.com.


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Michaela Medina

Michaela is a pollinator-loving professional gardener, garden designer, photographer, coach and speaker.   She is also a freelance garden writer and pens two lush blogs: The Gardener’s Eden and also Garden Variety: The Barnes & Noble Gardening Blog.  She has worked as a garden designer and landscape horticulturalist in New England for more than a decade.



Rebecca Louie

Rebecca is a journalist and content strategist. When she isn’t playing with her honeybees in the Catskills, she’s playing with her composting worms in Queens. To read more of her work, please visit rebeccalouie.com. To learn about her adventures in composting, head to thecompostess.com