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
Kristin has worked with multiple environmental organizations including The Greening of Detroit, where she developed curriculum for a volunteer Citizen Science program that got adults involved with their natural resources in the city of Detroit. Kristin planned, developed and implemented programming for this program before hiring her own staff to implement programming over the long term. With her enthusiasm for volunteer recruitment, infectiously positive attitude and a bit of strategic planning she was able to expand the program by over 60% over a two year period.
Before her position in Detroit, Kristin did extensive work for a non profit organization in Northern California where she coordinated volunteer days, created environmental education programs, participated and organized botanical surveys and did outreach through multiple workshops and public forums. Kristin loves working with the public to organize, coordinate and execute events, while having fun and making sure others have a memorable experience as well.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee Yourself
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
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
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