Our Staff

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Guillermo Fernandez

Executive Director

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.

Rebecca Louie

Managing Director

Rebecca is a Catskills beekeeper, certified Master Composter, and public speaker. A lifelong storyteller, she has written for numerous news and lifestyle publications, is the author of the book Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living, and founder of The Compostess blog. A former brand strategist and creative director, she has worked with global teams across marketing, product, and technology to set strategies for B2B and B2C businesses. She splits her time between the mountains and city with her dog, Max.

Carin Zinter

Beekeeping Apprenticeship Director

Carin is a certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apiculture Society. Through her business, C & C Orchards, Carin provides raw, local honey to restaurants and pastry chefs in the Northeast. C & C Orchards won the 2017 Good Food Award for best honey. Carin spent over 15 years in the educational services sector in every capacity from teacher to senior operations director. She is a senior lecturer in management and communications at a university. To keep life buzzing, Carin enjoys training for and racing triathlons and ultramarathons and has her sights set on running a 100 mile race this year!

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Brooke Gilley

Bee Ambassador Regional Lead, Midwest

Brooke is a naturalist and one of the three beekeepers at the Wehr Nature Center. She has been involved in beekeeping since 2012. She is very active in educational programs at parks located within the Milwaukee County Parks System as well as outreach programs at local schools. She primarily works on the upkeep of observation hives and rightly celebrates her success in overwintering one! Although she loves bees and all pollinators, her main interest is butterflies. She is a regional coordinator for Butterflies and Moths of North America. Brooke has recently become involved in Rusty Patched Bumblebee conservation and is hoping to develop related educational materials to distribute in Wisconsin schools in the near future.

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Ian Sklarsky

Buzz and Creative Advisor

Ian is an artist working in blind contour, which means one line without looking at the paper. Recently he’s taken his love for bees to another level participating in the Honeybee Conservancy’s Apprentice program. He has always been interested in insects - especially the honeybee. Working with a few of the hives around NYC, he is looking forward to tending to his own bees in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2020. He’s excited to bring new avenues and markets for The Honeybee Conservancy, connecting everyone who wants to help #BeeTheSolution.