Rob Greenfield

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. His activism creates eye catching visuals that cause people to self reflect on how they make positive changes in their lives to be a part of the solution to our current environmental and social problems.

From cycling across the USA on a bamboo bicycle for sustainability, to dumpster diving and displaying the $1,000’s of good food he finds in artful mandalas to bring attention to food waste and hunger, to wearing 30 days worth of trash while living like the average American to create a visual of how much trash just one person creates, he’s inspired countless people to be the change they wish to see in the world.  Rob lives a near zero waste lifestyle with just 111 possessions to his name and donates 100% of his media income to grassroots environmental nonprofits.

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: To Bee Decided


Jon Snow

Hailing from Tennessee, Jon Snow is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Barnard College. For nearly two decades, Snow has focused his research on cellular stress responses in various contexts. Appreciating the challenges faced by pollinators, he now focuses on honey bee health and, since 2012, he has taught cell and molecular biology and immunology courses and run the Snow Lab. Awarded this year’s Tow Award for Innovative and Outstanding Pedagogy and the Emily Gregory Award for Excellence in Teaching, he has published scholarly articles on honey bees. He works with students, primarily biology and neuroscience majors, at the Snow Lab to provide an opportunity for closely mentored scientific investigation. Outside the laboratory, you’ll likely find him hiking, running, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: Millie

Rachael E. Bonoan

Rachael Bonoan is a Ph.D. Candidate who studies honey bee nutritional ecology in the Starks Lab at Tufts University. She is interested in how seasonal changes in the distribution and abundance of flowers (i.e. honey bee food!) affect honey bee health and behavior. Rachael is also the President of the Boston Area Beekeepers Association and enjoys communicating her research and the importance of pollinator health to scientists, beekeepers, garden clubs, and the general public.

Twitter @RachaelEBee

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: Hermione

Suzanne McGillicuddySuzanne McGillicuddy

Suzanne is an Assistant Dean of Students and Sustainability Council co-chair at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Under her guidance, the highly competitive Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) has accepted Commitments to Action developed by FIT students for three consecutive years: the FIT Natural Dye Garden in 2014, the FIT Muslin Compost System in 2015 and, in 2016, FIT HIVES.

Suzanne serves on the Community Advisory Board of WFUV, a public radio station in NYC where she is also an active volunteer. If she’s not working or traveling, you can find her enjoying live music around NYC!

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: To Bee Decided

Nick Lee

Nick Lee

Nick works as a Chef Teacher at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA, teaching youth. One of his favorite lessons includes students eagerly observing a beehive with their noses pressed against the glass and tasting fresh honeycomb.

He studied biology at Williams College in rural, western Massachusetts. There, surrounded by small organic farms producing incredible vegetables, meats, and dairy, he found himself with half a pig in his freezer and a weekly CSA box on his doorstep. After visiting the farms and meeting the people behind those foods, he dove into the sustainable food movement and helped start an organic garden and food advocacy group on campus.  

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: Ayesha B.


Mary Miss Walk City as living laboratory: sustainability made tangible through the arts Jan Mun & Sabine Marx Will discuss ways to encourage engagement with environmental sustainability and what motivates human behavior in face of environmental risk and climate change.

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 Alias: To Bee Decided




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 Alias: To Bee Decided




Nicole Toutounji

As a young girl growing up in Egypt, Nicole Toutounji 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 headquarters in New York, Nicole took classes in beekeeping, 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 consist of six beehives.

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: Queen Nazli

Rebecca Louie

A beekeeper and certified NYC Master Composter, Rebecca is the author of Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living.  A former features writer at The New York Daily News and arts editor at Vibe magazine, Rebecca is the recipient of numerous writing awards. She splits her time between New York and the Catskill mountains and enjoys cooking, snowboarding, traveling, and making things grow.

You can learn more about her at and

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: To Bee Decided

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 Alias: Queen Maeve



 Past Selection Committee Members


Orren FoxOrren Fox

2016 – 2017 Selection Committee

Orren Fox is a 20-year-old beekeeper, chicken wrangler, sustainable-food advocate, longboard builder and student. He grew up in Newburyport, MA, and has been keeping bees and chickens for most of his life. He was a speaker at the Do Lectures USA in 2012.

Orren is the author of Do/Beekeeping and, a blog on raising healthy chickens and bees, naturally. He has written several articles for Edible Boston,  Handpicked Nation, and has been interviewed for the Huffington Post, NPR and Yankee Magazine to name a few.

🐝 Queen Bee Alias: Queen Chicken



BIO image.Shelagh Nichols TraillShelagh Nichols Traill

2017 Selection Committee

A southern California native, Shelagh Nichols Traill is an outspoken vegetarian who practices pro-bono disability law and dedicates her time to art and environmental causes on Florida’s Treasure Coast. A former resident of New York, Paris, and London, she is married to a Scottish Silicon Valley visualization pioneer and together they independently educate their four gifted, autistic children.

Her teen and tween daughters initially piqued her interest in the plight of the honey bee. For three years they have been developing and expanding a garden to provide essential fats, proteins, and vitamins via select pollen sources to coastal honeybees – no small feat in an area with ample sand and little soil. Shelagh is an active member of the Florida State Beekeeper’s Association, the International Dyslexia Association, and the American Bar Association.

Nancy Rathbun Scott

2016 Selection Committee

A native of many places with decades of writing experience, including at the American Nursery and Landscape Association, Nancy engages with our partners and helps run day-to-day operations. She enjoys walking, blogging, lively conversation, and watching documentaries. She has never been afraid of bees.

🐝 Queen Bee Name: Queen BeeStill