2020 Officers and
Executive Board Members
cousins who have been involved in beekeeping operations. He attended college in Bartlesville, OK and earned a BA degree in Business and Accounting. Upon graduation he returned to the beekeeping business and has been actively involved in growing the business into an 80,000 colony farm operating in multiple states. Kelvin lives in Brookings and works out of the home office in Bruce, SD. He oversees the queen rearing/nuc operation in Mississippi and Texas along with company-wide honey production.
In addition to beekeeping, Kelvin has served on boards in various positions for the state beekeeping association and the national association. He is active in his community and his church and has served numerous years on the school board.
Kelvin married his high-school sweetheart Darla and recently celebrated 37 years of marriage. They have four grown sons and five grandchildren. Three of Kelvin’s sons have joined him working full time in the beekeeping business, and the fourth son works in crop production ag. He also enjoys working in the business with his father, Richard, brother, Bret and his sister Marla.
Kelvin Adee - Bruce, SD
Growing up in a commercial beekeeping family Kelvin developed his interest beekeeping at a young age, learning the business and the science from his father. As a third generation beekeeper, he also gathered beekeeping knowledge from his grandfather, uncles and
Cassie Cox - Mendon, UT
Cassie has lived in Utah most of her life, and lived in Kenya, Africa for two years. She was employed by Sprint, and managed a coffee roasting company for many years. Cassie also worked for a commercial fossil dealership and spent some time digging up fossils and dinosaur
bones in Utah and Wyoming.
She has dual American and British citizenship.
Cassie has an Associate's Degree in Graphic Art and Media Design, as well as twenty-six years office management experience, and twenty years bee industry experience.
She has two children-a son, Randy (34) and a daughter, Jaime (28).
Darren Cox - Mendon, UT
Darren Cox is president of Cox Honey of Utah, LLC. A fourth generation beekeeper, Cox’s family started keeping bees in St. George, Utah in the late 1800’s.
In 1929 Cox Honey was incorporated as a family
business. Darren bought and took over operation of Cox Honey from his father, Duane Cox, in 2002. He manages 6,000 hives of honeybees.
Darren was nominated to the EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Committees Advisory Committee in 2007; appointed as chairman for the American Honey Producers Association Ag Advisory Board in 2008; appointed as Chairman for the National Honey Bee Advisory Board in 2009-2010; board member of National Pollinator Defense Fund; currently serves as Past President of the Association.
Honey Company ran 26,000 colonies for honey production and pollination along the East Coast and California. Joe grew up in Massachusetts and started working at Merrimack Valley Apiaries as a young child. In 1997, Joe moved to Louisiana to manage the newly formed Evergreen Honey Company which produces honey and pollinates in California. After working for MVA/EHC for 31 years, Joe started his own honey bee farm Sunshine Honey Bees. Operating at 5000 colonies, they raise queens, produce honey and pollinate in California.
In addition to being on the Executive Board for AHPA, Joe has served as president of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association and is currently on the board. On the AHPA executive board Joe is the USDA/ARS Research Lab committee chair. Joe has been instrumental in the collaboration with USDA labs on various area wide research projects.
Joe Sanroma has been in commercial beekeeping since the age of 14 formerly with the Cards who own Merrimack Valley Apiaries/Evergreen Honey Company which operates out of Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New York. Merrimack Valley Apiaries/Evergreen
Joe Sanroma - Bunkie, LA
By 1993, the operation was expanded to 1,500 hives and also began to move bees to central California for almond pollination.
In 1997, the operation was running 4,000 hives due to an increased demand for bees for pollination. This same year, the business started a transition to move the operation to Bismarck, ND—finishing the move in 1998.In 2003, a separate business founded as IntegriBees LLC was formed with the purchase of a bee operation in Danbury, TX. The Danbury operation is now the base operation for raising queens and bees for Texas and North Dakota honey production,as well as wintering bees until they are sent to California for almond pollination.
Randy currently is on the board of directors of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and founding member of the National Pollinator Defense Fund.
Randy Verhoek- Danbury, TX
Randy, a South Dakota native and his wife Roberta started keeping bees in 1990 and Harvest Honey was formed when an opportunity arose to purchase 750 beehives from Roberta’s grandfather in North Central Kansas and be mentored from his 60 years of experience.
Jerry Hayes- Gray Summit, MO
Jerry Hayes graduated from Ohio State University, Agricultural and Technical Institute-Apiary major.
Jerry was previously the Honey Bee Health Lead for Monsanto, working with a technology that
uses a normal natural process called RNAi to see if it can be adapted to control honey bee parasites and pathogens. He has also worked at the USDA/ARS Bee Breeding and Stock Lab, worked at Dadant, a leading national beekeeping supply company and publisher of The American Bee Journal. He has also authored multiple research papers on understanding and preserving honey bee health. From 2004 until 2012 he was Chief of the Apiary Inspection Section of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, responsible for the regulatory health of 350,000 colonies.
He is a founding member of the Colony Collapse Working Group and a science advisory board member for Project Apis mellifera (PAm), founding member of the Bee Informed Partnership as well as a founding member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition.
Jerry is currently Editor of Bee Culture Magazine in Ohio. He writes the column "The Classroom: Beekeeping Questions and Answers” for the American Bee Journal and is also a national speaker on honey bees and the health problems being encountered by them.
started by their father 50 years ago. Chris splits his work year between Madera, California and Bowman, North Dakota running 20,000 hives. He also manages the business’s almond orchard in Madera.
Mr. Hiatt graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a BA in Horticulture, minor in Business Management. Having served a two-year mission to Chile for the LDS church as a young adult, his fluency in Spanish has proved helpful in his business relations.
When he is not in the bee yard, Chris likes to ride his dirt bike, hike, and also go birding. He has seen close to 600 species of birds within the US and 1,000 in the world. Chris has also served as a leader within his local church and Boy Scouts. Chris and his wife, Heather, have four children: Holly (19), Kadee Jane (17), Ella (13) and Weston (10).
Chris Hiatt - Bowman, ND
Chris was born into a beekeeping family in Ephrata, Washington in 1975. He and his five brothers grew up spending springs managing apple pollination in central Washington and summers pulling and extracting honey in North Dakota. Together they now own Hiatt Honey Co.,
Treasurer & Executive Committee
Doug Hauke - Marshfield, WI
Doug Hauke manages the Hauke Honey Corporation, a 3,000 colony operation which produces and packages honey at its FDA/USDA inspected facility in Marshfield, WI and he also produces nucs and queens in East Texas.
Doug serves on the board of at Project Apis m. and had the opportunity to work several seasons at the Madison Bee Lab under Dr. Eric Erickson and E.R. Harp. Doug earned degrees in bacteriology and virology from the University of Wisconsin.
queens which are resistant to the Varroa mite.
Steven has served as the U. S. Beekeeping representative on the EPA Pesticide Program Committee for the past two years as well as participating in the Pollinator Protection Work Groups. He has served on the Executive Board of the American Honey Producers Association since 2010, as President of the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association since 2012 and is active in the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Science, and a Master’s Degree in Biology, both from Arkansas State University.
In addition to his work as a beekeeper, he also worked as a research assistant on the control of Tarnished Plant Bug in Cotton at Arkansas State University, and worked with the Imported Fire-ant as a research technician at the USDA Biological Control Research Unit in Stoneville, MS.
Steven Coy - Perkinston, MS
Steven Coy is a third generation beekeeper with more than 17 years’ experience as a commercial beekeeper, managing hives for honey production in Arkansas, Mississippi and Southeast Missouri.
He has recently started the Coy Bee Company, LLC so that he can focus on producing Russian
Matt Halbgewachs - Driftwood, TX
Matt currently owns and operates Sweet River Honey, a multi-state pollination and honey production company. While beekeeping in Matt’s family is traced back to the mid 1400’s, most recently, Matt’s grandfather and dad were beekeepers until the 1990’s. Prior to Sweet River
Honey, Matt was an engineer and consultant in the information and data security industry. Since 2001, Matt has worked in or consulted with nearly 20% of the Fortune 500 companies defining data security and market growth strategies.
Matt currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and four children whom all enjoy traveling, boating, hiking, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Matt serves his local church on the deacons board and enjoys advising and working with various other companies and charitable organizations.
Since purchasing Sweet River Honey in 2015, many in the industry have been kind enough to help, mentor, advise, and teach. With this help and mentorship, Sweet River Honey has doubled in size over the last five years and Matt looks forward to the opportunity to serve AHPA as the honeybee industry continues to grow.
1964 producing around 650,000 pounds of quality Montana honey each season.
Mark has served on the AHPA Executive Committee as both president and co-chair of the legislative committee. He is also the editor of AHPA’s Honey Producer Magazine. He has served as the Montana State Beekeeper’s Association president, sits on the National Honey Board and holds degrees in Environmental Biology and Psychology from the University of Montana, Missoula. Mark and his wife, Carrie, past AHPA treasurer, have two children, Andrew and Maggie.
Mark Jensen - Power, MT
Mark Jensen is part-owner and vice-president of Smoot Honey Company, a family owned business, in Power, MT. Smoot Honey runs 5,600 colonies for honey production just east of the Rocky Mountain Front in Central Montana.
They have been a package operation since
Civil Engineering. By 2011 the family farm had grown to 4,000 hives and an equipment supply business. Simon and Dan took over the family farm in 2014, currently operating approximately 3,500 hives. Based in Saskatchewan, Canada, the hives remain in the same location all year for honey and nuc production and are not relocated for any type pollination. The hives remain outside all winter and are wrapped to help insulated the bees from frigid Saskatchewan winters.
Simon was elected the Board of Directors in Saskatchewan in 2013 and has been involved in Board activities since. Spare time for Simon and his wife Teresa is filled trying to keep up with the schedules of 4 children, aged 3- 11.
Canadian Relations Advisor
Simon Lalonde- Clavet, SK
Simon grew up in a beekeeping family and began working with bees early. Weekends and summer vacations were spent working with his father, Tony, brother, Dan, and about 1,000 hives. Simon returned to the family farm in 2011 after taking some time off to pursue a career in