Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Meet the 2013 Apiary Inspection Team

Kent Kaster

Kent has been an Apiary Inspector in the northwestern region of Pennsylvania for a number of years. Last year, due to funding reductions, he was the main seasonal Apiary Inspector, covering a large area of western Pennsylvania. Kent mentioned that he enjoys being able to help beekeepers, especially new ones, as they try to navigate the maze of information out there. He feels this job has also given him the opportunity to meet a lot of really nice people.

Katherine Darger

It may be Katherine’s first year as an Apiary Inspector, she has been keeping bees for eight years beginning at Delaware Valley College where she received her B.S. in Biology. She recently completed her Master’s in Entomology, specializing in honey bees. Katherine is looking forward to meeting beekeepers and monitoring to further support a healthy bee population in PA.

Danielle Mislinski

Danielle has always been interested in the environment and nature. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Environmental Resource Management from Keystone College and a Masters degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University. Danielle has been working with insects for the past five years, for two years with the Lackawanna County West Nile Virus program, and then for the PA Department of Agriculture with the Emerald Ash Borer survey for two years. Beginning near the end of the season in 2012, this is her second year as an Apiary Inspector. She does not have bees yet, but is hoping to get some next year. Danielle said that she enjoys working as an Apiary Inspector because she gets to work with insects, work out in the field daily, and work with bee keepers and the public.

Bonnie Hall

Bonnie has been keeping bees for 15 years. She has been an Apiary Inspector since 1999 (except for last year due to lack of funding). Bonnie likes meeting all the different kinds of people along her journey. She has had many interesting experiences while being out in the field as an inspector. At home, she has raises fox and skunks and loves to be outside in the woods enjoying nature. Another favorite activity is spending time with her granddaughter and family.

Jim Blasko

Jim is a familiar face in the Bedford County area. He has been an Apiary Inspector for the past few years (except for last year due to lack of funding) and has been keeping bees for 30+ years. Jim states the best part of being an Apiary Inspector is seeing different beekeeping operations and meeting the beekeepers!

Nate Weber

Nate graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Shippensburg University. He was a member of the PA Department of Agriculture’s entomology field crew for the past couple of years. He had the chance to go on some apiary inspections last year and really enjoyed them. After receiving indoor and field training in various bee yards, Nate is enjoying his Apiary Inspector job and happy to be doing his part to keep Pennsylvania’s honey bees healthy and happy.

Austin Martin

Austin graduated from Eastern University where he majored in sociology and biology. He has been keeping bees for four years. Austin was an Apiary Inspector in 2011 and is glad to be back this year as an inspector. He says that the best part about being an Apiary Inspector is getting to know the people and geography of southeastern Pennsylvania, working outdoors, and working with honey bees.

Karen Roccasecca

Karen Roccasecca was recently appointed as the Pennsylvania State Apiarist. Many of you already know Karen as an apiary inspector, a position she’s held at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture since 2006. She’s also been instrumental in the study of Colony Collapse Disorder.

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