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
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 consists of six beehives.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Nazli
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
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.
Queen Bee Name: Queen BeeStill
Lisa joined us in 2016 and has held a variety of roles on the team, overseeing social media, advancing special projects, and keeping an eye on our website. Today, she oversees our marketing operations. Outside the office, you can find Lisa visiting small cafes all over town.
Queen Bee Name: Khaleesi Bee- Rightful Heir of the Seven Kingdoms, Mother of Bees, The Unstung
A Seattle native with a passion for good food, Erica helps create and update our online content. She believes there’s nothing a mindfully made meal can’t fix, and you best believe she thanks bees for the ingredients!
Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee-gy Smalls
Katie Breiter is a film department graduate from Temple University and Messiah College. Her dream is to someday produce and direct her own documentary films. She is terrified of whales, but loves bees of all stripes.
Queen Bee Name: Kt Bee
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