Current - 2018 MBA Officers
President - Keegan Olsen
Third generation military, fourth generation farmer, second generation bee keeper and President of the Fort Worth Metro Bee Keepers Association since 2015; Keegan Olson has experience and passion for organic gardening and beekeeping. Six years ago, Keegan started his own company, Bee Rescue; which specializes in bee removals, consulting, swarm capture, agriculture exemption and bee education. Keegan has a drive to equip the next generation of bee keepers. As Olson would say, "the next generation of beekeepers will protect and help the future of our honey bees."
Vice President - Richard Threlkeld
Richard Threlkeld has been a beekeeper for 5 years and an officer in Metrobeekeepers for 4 years, He is a Texas Master Beekeeper - Advanced with an average of 8 hives. He earns his living as a software developer, is a retired CPA, is a retired EMT, does some catering and teaches cooking, and is active in the Society for Creative Anachronism which recreates the middle ages.
Education includes a BA in Computer Sciences (UT Austin) and a Master of Professional Accounting (UT Arlington). He is a member of the Texas Beekeepers Association and the American Federation of Beekeepers.
Like most MBA officers, he gives talks on bees and beekeeping, mentors new beekeepers, captures swarms, and relocates wild hives.
Secretary - Carrie Anderson
Carrie lives just outside of Haslet, TX. She is in her 3rd year of beekeeping and maintains hives in her backyard next to her garden. Originally from Arkansas, Carrie has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Mathematics. She is currently a 3rd grade math and science teacher in Northwest ISD. Carrie is also an Extra Class amateur radio operator. Other hobbies include gardening, crafting, cooking, and playing with her dogs. She serves as the current MBA secretary and looks forward to learning more about the beekeeping each year.
Membership - Sandra Bowen
Sandra Bowen lives in Colleyville, Texas, and is in entering into her third season as a beekeeper. She and her husband Brad have four children and five grandchildren. Sandra is a former junior high and high school educator having taught in the public school system for seventeen years and in the private education setting for nine years. She enjoys beekeeping, gardening, reading, and traveling. Currently, Sandra has hives in Colleyville, Southlake, and Alvord, Texas.
Treasury - Anne Ingle
Anne Ingle lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband Don and their three corgis. Their two children are grown. Their eldest, a daughter, is finishing her final year of graduate school at Penn State. The youngest, a son, is in the US Navy and stationed in Hawaii. Anne graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing with a BS in Nursing. She is in her third year of beekeeping, and occupies the role of treasurer for Metro Beekeepers Association of Fort Worth. Anne maintains her beehives on their rural property in Erath county, where they raise Belted Galloway cattle.
Programs/Class Teacher - Stan Key
Stan Key is a native Texan and has been a beekeeper since 1977. A life-long educator, he was a history and math teacher, and Principal and Head of School of schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as in Brazil, Bolivia, Spain and Nicaragua where he served in American/International schools. Today Mr. Key teaches and mentors adults and children alike in beekeeping and other bee-related activities in Texas.
In addition managing his own bees, Stan owns a beekeeping supply company selling equipment, supplies, and honey in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Mr. Key is a frequent speaker to Bee Associations in Texas, has written several articles, and speaks at schools and to other community groups each year.
Besides beekeeping he is a doting grandfather to 3 granddaughters that live in Georgia.
Web Master/Social Media - David Hawa
David Hawa is a resident of Hurst Texas, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and is the webmaster for the Metro Beekeepers Association in Fort Worth. David is in his 6th year as a hobbyist level beekeeper and has attained the rank of Advanced Beekeeper within the Texas Master Beekeeper Program in 2018. During his time working with bees David began implementing non-traditional practices and technology into beekeeping and has presented to bee clubs in both Texas and Oklahoma. David is a Lead Developer with the HiveTool Project and is working on other efforts in his spare time aimed at the implementation of beekeeping in schools, bee experimentation, and environmental trending projects. In addition to his bee related activities David is concurrently attending the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth working to attain a Masters of Science in Medical Sciences.
Youth Coordinator - Larry Cox
Larry is a long time Arlington resident with his wife Pat who are blessed with two children and two grandchildren. Larry is a former Safety Engineer Consultant in the construction field and also spent time as an educator at both the Junior High and High School levels. Larry became interested in becoming a beekeeper for sometime and recently acquired hives of his own which are located in both Arlington and Mingus Texas.