The Honeybee Conservancy

Bee Ambassadors

At the Honeybee Conservancy, our Bee Ambassadors inspire the next generation of sustainably-minded citizens. Bee Ambassadors meet with schools and community groups to share their knowledge about the diverse family of bees including honey bees, mason bees and bumble bees.

Our Bee Ambassadors...


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


students, teachers and communities on how they can work individually and collectively to address declining bee populations


by gathering and sharing examples of what people and The Honeybee Conservancy are doing to make the world a better place

Meet the Bee Ambassadors

We have over 60 Bee Ambassadors. Here are some of our most active ambassadors!

Jan Mun

Brooklyn, NY

Bee Ambassador Jan

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: Queen Cleopatra

Guillermo Fernandez

New York, NY and Miami, FL

guillermo fernandez hbc 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.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee-atrix

Brooke Gilley

Franklin, WI

Brooke Bee Ambassador

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.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Beenerys Hiveborn

Nicole Lindsey

Detroit, MI

Nicole Bee Ambassador

When Detroit native Nicole Lindsey learned of the declination of the bee population, she knew that she has to spring into action. Enamored by the majesty of bees, Nicole recognized the importance of increasing awareness of the dwindling pollinators and their processes. Since co-founding the Detroit Hives in January of 2017, Nicole serves as an educator and beekeeper, devoted to altering negative stigmas about honeybees and informing of their crucial roles and benefits to the environment. She is a proud member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She's dedicated to educating children, to not only learn about apiology, but to help others with melissophobia.

Queen Bee Name: Nefer"BEE"ti

Lauren Englund

Seattle, WA

Bee Ambassador Lauren

Lauren is the head beekeeper of West Seattle Bee Garden and a member of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. After hearing how bees struggle with environmental changes, she 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. The primary goal at the West Seattle Bee Garden is to provide a space where everyone in the community is welcome to come see the bees, and learn about their important role in our ecology. They also provide field trips for local schools and groups who want to come learn about the bees, and experience a hive demonstration - getting to see what the hives look like on the inside.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Mother

Nicole Toutounji

New York, NY

Bee Ambassador Nicole

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

Brian Peterson-Roest

Detroit, MI

Bee Ambassador Brian

Brian is a fifth grade teacher and was personally honored by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He was also a recipient of the Michigan Science Teacher of the Year Award. Brian went to the biological center on Beaver Island to learn the art of beekeeping. He took this newfound passion back to Detroit and founded the nonprofit Bees in the D whose mission is to educate on the importance and conservation of honeybees. The hives are located throughout Southeast Michigan in urban gardens, vacant lots, and commercial rooftops right in the heart of downtown Detroit.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee in the D

Carolina Zuniga-Aisa

Brooklyn, NY

Bee Ambassador Carolina

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

Timothy Paule

Detroit, MI

Timothy Bee Ambassador

Detroit native, Timothy Paule is a creative, visionary, entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of Detroit Hives: A non-profit whose mission is to transform vacant lots into urban bee farms. (Their mission is to not only help raise bee awareness, but for the education and conservation of honeybees.) Timothy is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, whereby he loves to serve his community. In 2017, he acted on his vision to create Bee Moji, an emoji sticker app to help spread bee awareness, worldwide through mobile messaging. In his community he is known as the "Bee Man!"

Queen Bee Name: Capt'n Save The Drones

Stacey Vasquez

Bronx, NY

Stacey Bee Ambassador

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

Sue Hudnut

Detroit, MI

Sue Bee Ambassador

Sue is a very active beekeeper. She keeps her own hives and takes care of the hives at The Greening of Detroit. She is the founder and administrator of Beekeepers of SE Michigan on Facebook and does all the technology to keep SouthEast Michigan Beekeepers Association (SEMBA) running.
She lives in downtown Detroit and works for The Greening of Detroit and manages for them a large urban garden in the heart of the city. A constant in her life has been gardening, which led her to beekeeping, which led her to study native plants and pollinators. She strongly believes that we must promote sustainability and protection of wildlife if we are to stay on this planet.

Queen Bee Name: Queen Milarepa

Susan Nicholson

New York, NY

Bee Ambassador Susan

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: Queen ElizaBEEth

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