Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Meet the 2014 Apiary Inspection Team

Kent Kaster

Kent has been an Apiary Inspector in the northwestern region of Pennsylvania for a number of years and has kept bees for about 14 years. 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.

Emily Wine

Emily Wine is our newest Apiary Inspector. She graduated from Cornell University in May and is a welcome addition to our team. Emily was the founder and president of the Cornell Beekeeping Club. She is looking forward to meeting beekeepers and seeing their beekeeping operations.

Bonnie Hall

Bonnie has been keeping bees for 16 years and served as an Apiary Inspector since 1999. She especially enjoys meeting with and talking to beekeepers about honey bees. Bonnie’s spare time is spent with family and enjoying nature.

Jim Blasko

Jim is a familiar face in the Bedford County area. He has been an Apiary Inspector for the past few years 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 is returning for his second year as an Apiary Inspector. He has become a beekeeper and is enjoying working his own colonies. Nate is also enjoying his Apiary Inspector job, meeting with beekeepers, talking bees, 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 about six years. Austin was an Apiary Inspector in 2011 and 2012 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 meet and know the beekeepers 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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