Be Inspired and Educated by our

Bee Ambassadors

At the Honeybee Conservancy, our Bee Ambassadors help inspire the next generation of sustainably-minded citizens. Bee Ambassador visits are available to book year-round for schools and community groups and are perfect for audiences of all ages.

At every visit, our Bee Ambassadors...

Inspire
and mobilize a new generation of sustainably- minded citizens to help the bees and build a world where everybody has equal access to fresh food
Educate
students, teachers and communities on how they can work individually and collectively to address declining bee populations
Validate
by gathering and sharing examples of what people and The Honeybee Conservancy are doing to make the world a better place

Ready to bee inspired?

Interested in having a volunteer Bee Ambassador visit your class or group, or becoming a Bee Ambassador yourself? Let us know by filling out one of the forms below.

Meet the Bee Ambassadors

Carolina Zuniga-Aisa

A founding member of Island Bee Project, Carolina is a New York native with a love of the arts and the outdoors. As a long time fashion designer, her concern for the current state of the environment gravitated her seek sustainable practices in fashion and in her daily life, as well as, to re-connect with nature with beekeeping and feels most at peace listening to the hive's meditative hum. She enjoys engaging communities to support the honeybees in creative ways and singing in traffic.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee Nasty

 

Guillermo Fernandez

A Master Beekeeper candidate and an urban beekeeper for a decade, Guillermo is our organization’s founder and Executive Director. He brings years of marketing experience to us from his time at brands such as Vanity Fair and Vogue. Having grown up in a food desert, he believes bees are the key to transforming our food system and ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, local foods. When he’s not at the apiary or speaking at an event, Guillermo is hiking or traveling.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee-atrix

Stacey Vasquez

A founding member of Island Bee Project, Stacey is a New York native whose childhood love for gardening and growing vegetables naturally led her to a concern for the honeybee population in the United States and throughout the globe. As a 13 year veteran of the Food and Hospitality Industry working with sustainable farm to table establishments, she continues to develop an appreciation for honeybees and how they impact our relationship with food and agriculture. She enjoys roller-skating and has a sharp eye for great vintage finds.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Cleopatra

Aisling Murran

Aisling is a teenager on a mission to save the bees. A California native, Aisling visits grade schools as a Honeybee Conservancy Bee Ambassador. She is spearheading a Girl Scout project designed to inspire a new generation of beekeepers and bee advocates.  

Queen Bee Name: Queen Maeve

Susan Nicholson

Susan is an urban beekeeper, gardener and Docent at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since 2008 she’s kept bees on her rooftop and works on the hives at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Meanwhile, at the Met, when she is not giving tours…she’s always looking and discovering bee imagery in works of art from cultures around the world, ancient and new.

Queen Bee Name: To Bee Decided

Lauren Englund

Lauren is the head beekeeper of Seattle Bee Garden and also a member of the High Point Neighborhood Association. After hearing how bees struggle with environmental changes, I wanted to make a difference, help the bees and educate people about what is happening, how important bees are and what can be done to change this.

Queen Bee Name: To Bee Decided

Nicole Toutounji

As a young girl growing up in Egypt, Nicole was fascinated by bees and the delicious honey they made on her family’s farm. After a long career as a photographer and photo editor at UNICEF’s New York headquarters, Nicole took beekeeping classes, joined an urban beekeeping organization, and apprenticed with seasoned beekeepers. She’s presently the head beekeeper at the Cathedral of St, John the Divine, where she tends two beehives and conducts various events and seminars on the value of bees and beekeeping. Nicole is a founding member of BeeVillage in Battery Park, which consists of six beehives.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Nazli

Jan Mun

Jan is a beekeeper, an amateur mycologist and microbiologist working with Newtown Creek Alliance, BeeVillage, New York Mycological Society, Brooklyn College Soil/Microbiology Lab, and Genspace to innovate ways to communicate with each other and the larger public. Jan is also an accomplished artist who creates social sculptures using a combination of artistic and scientific processes that manifest in the form of interactive installations, photography, performance, and bio-art. Her art project, ProfileUS: Invasive Species, includes BeeSpace: Audio Observation, a unique installation that houses live honeybees inside an observation hive that responds to the presence of viewers by producing and amplifying the sounds of the bees.

Queen Bee Name: To Bee Decided

Kate Franzman

Kate is Bee Public's founder and head beekeeper. Since 2012, Kate has been installing hives around Indianapolis and educating the public about the plight of honeybees. In 2015, Bee Public teamed up with Earth Charter Indiana and the Indianapolis Arts Council to launch Save the Bees Indiana. The grant allowed Bee Public to install hives at four area schools and make 30 classroom presentations (reaching over 2,000 students) on the importance of honeybees. She is also a freelance writer and manages the farm and educational programming at Public Greens: Urban Kitchens with a Mission.

Queen Bee Name: Bee-yonce