WHO WE ARE
Jeff is a third-generation beekeeper who currently manages 20 hives and mentors beginning beekeepers. He is passionate about promoting healthy colonies through natural beekeeping practices and sustainable integrated-pest-management techniques. Jeff has worked closely with Burgh Bees since 2009 in various capacities to increase community awareness and support for the organization. Elected to the board in the Fall of 2013, he served serve as teacher, webmaster, community outreach, and most recently apiary director for the Homewood apiary, while managing corporate accounts for our hive leasing and management program, including such start up hives with Whole Foods Market, The Porch at Schenley, an Eat’n Park hospitality group restaurant, and the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. Jeff is an avid environmentalist and sustainable business owner. He created and runs SEEDS Green Printing and Design, a green printing and design company located in Pittsburgh that serves clients worldwide.
Felix L. Yerace grew up in Washington County and has always loved the outdoors. He is in his third year of active beekeeping, but has been interested in bees and their behavior for many years. Felix enjoys hunting and fishing (especially fly fishing) and is a member of the Carrick Sportsmen’s Club. He volunteers as a mentor with Family Tyes, which is a group organized to help families become involved in fly fishing. Felix recently retired from teaching but is still active working with students, and remains the Head Track & Field Coach at Keystone Oaks High School. Felix has a B.S. in Education and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
Anne Geever RiconosciutoSecretary
Anne is a Pittsburgh native, born in Wilkinsburg and raised in the North Hills. Anne started keeping bees in 2016 and hasn’t stopped worrying since. She first became interested in beekeeping while living in Northern California (in two stints totaling 17 years) but every class or workshop she took out west scared her off. She wanted to join the board because she appreciated how welcoming and helpful everyone affiliated with Burgh Bees was during her first year of beekeeping, and she wants to take a more active role in the local beekeeping community. Anne went to Pitt for her undergrad and has a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry (Unitarian Universalist), a member school of the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, California. Anne works for the RAND Corporation as a Research Support Manager, likes to cook, bake, garden and knit, is known to binge watch TV shows from time to time, loves being outdoors when the weather is nice, and finally finished her first novel – a post-apolcalytic adventure romance, with zombies – in 2016.
Ted started keeping bees in the spring of 2016 at his home in Ellwood City, Pa. with the help of his wife,Jeanne. Ted has always been an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, acting as an Assistant Scout Master during the time his son, Raymond, progressed through the ranks from Tiger cub to Eagle Scout. He also served as a Venture Crew Leader when his daughter, Sadi, became the president of that coed branch of the Boy Scouts of America. He has an undergraduate degree in communications from Clarion State University and an MBA from Duquesne University. He co-owns two businesses: Cat-in-the-bag Co. and StarShine Soaps. He is also Board Secretary/Treasurer for The Allie Foundation, A charity dedicated to providing aid for abused and neglected animals.
Kyle PattisonApiary Manager/Director
Kyle works as an urban farmer, conservation photographer, graphic designer and is a second year beekeeper. He has a passion for bringing the farm to the city and is set to launch Hazlewood Farms in spring of 2015. Kyle says he was drawn to bees for their non-stop work ethic and instinctual know how. He says that he was drawn to the Burgh Bees organization for the same reasons. Kyle is a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and when he is not digging in the dirt or attending his hives you may find him banging a drum for the Pittsburgh based Scottish pipe and drum corp. Balmoral Pipes and Drums.
Carlos grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Pittsburgh in 2013. He lives in Highland Park with his wife Mary and son Diego. Carlos works in the medical IT field supporting EMTs, Firefighters, and other first responders. Fulfilling a childhood fascination, Carlos signed up for the Beekeeping 101 class taught by Burgh Bees and never looked back. He now has bees at the Homewood Community Apiary. As part of Burgh Bees, he has been an active volunteer and enjoys educating the community on the importance of bees. Carlos is also a member of the PA State Beekeepers Association.
Paul is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area. During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Paul spent 4 years in the US Navy as an “Aviation Electronics Technician Petty Officer 2nd class.” He was deployed with his squadron for 3 cruises in Vietnam, 2 on the USS Constellation and 1 on the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carriers. After leaving the Navy He attended Penn State’s ‘School of Forestry”. Paul is a retired landscape contractor of 26 years. After retiring from his landscaping business he spent 5 years working at the non-profit Manchester Bidwell Corporation in the Drew Mathieson Center greenhouses growing orchids and seasonal plants on Pittsburgh’s North Side. His interest in bees began when he and his wife Ruth moved into their present home in 1996 which is 120 year old farmhouse on 8-1/4 acres just 7 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Circumstances weren’t right at that time for bees, but the interest was there. Finally, after full retirement, having bees became a reality. Paul and his wife Ruth’s hives at the time of this writing are numbered at 9. In addition to Burgh Bees Paul is also a member of the PA State Beekeepers Association.(PSBA) My goal is to assist Burgh Bees & its members in any way that I can to help new and other beekeepers to be successful in this wonderful hobby.
Bob MalysPollination Garden Manager/Director
Bob Malys moved to the Pittsburgh area in 2014 to attend graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, Bob studied Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing. Pittsburgh’s rich community of non-profits and civic engagement are major factors that brought him to the city. He currently works for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank where his primary focus is allocating fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries in order to provide people who are food insecure with nutritious assistance. Bob’s call to beekeeping came through his love of growing vegetables and interest in urban gardening as the hobbies are quite complimentary. Last year, he completed the Penn State Extension Master Gardener program and completed projects in the Burgh Bees Apiary for his service components. Bob is now coordinating the site for the Penn State Extension Master Gardener program for 2018. Bob recently moved into his first home in Swisshelm Park where he resides with his wife, Ally, dog, Ginny, chickens, and bees. He is excited to be involved in the board to help strengthen Burgh Bees’ as an organization and share beekeeping with the Pittsburgh community.