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Current - 20120 MBA Officers

President - Ryan Giesecke


Ryan owns and operates G-Bar Bees, located in East Dallas. From there he offers bee-friendly removals of honey bees and bumble bees as “Honey Bee Relocation Services”, as well as maintaining a focus on education through speaking engagements around the state and beekeeping classes at his home apiary. As well his role at MBA, Ryan is currently president of Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association in Dallas. He is a Texas Master Beekeeper, and participated in Texas Master Naturalist training in 2018.

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 - Brent Husted


Membership - Russ Killingsworth


Russ became a beekeeper’s henchman by hanging around with Gretchen during her 7 years of beekeeping.  He has helped set up hives; capture swarms; requeen hives; deal with pests, aggressive hives, & annoyed neighbors; relocate hives; harvest honey, wax, & propolis; mourn losses; keep track of everything; go to club meetings & conferences; & take lots of pictures.  All of that, along with being stung a few dozen times while working with bees, makes him an honorary beekeeper, though he still tells people he’s a beekeeper’s henchman.  He’s been a member of MBA since 2012.

Treasury - Gretchen Killingsworth


Gretchen loves bees and beekeeping.  Since 2012, she has had 1 to 3 beehives in her urban backyard &/or a couple of hives in a rural area.  She has had mostly Langstroth hives, but also a few Top Bar hives.  She regularly captures swarms, and has helped friends deal with bees in trees, on patios, & even inside apartments.  She is a mentor for the MBA scholarship student program, has taught a beekeeping class at Tarrant County College to Seniors (age 55+) for a few years, and has taught elementary school students about beekeeping.  She has been a member of MBA since 2012.

Web Master/Social Media - Robert F. Morrow


Robert was introduced to bee keeping after his daughter, Amelia, won the MBA Hill/Stokes Memorial Youth Scholarship in 2017. That same year, he was awarded the Rookie Beekeeper of the Year. Together they maintain two hives at their home along with two Bee Apiaries (Southlake and Azle).

Youth Coordinator - Katrina Semones


Katrina is new to beekeeping and will celebrate the first anniversary of her first 3 hives on April 24, 2020.  She enjoys her new hobby with her husband, Michael. They reside in Burleson.