Staff

Danielle Downey

2016-01-20_16-31-00Danielle Downey, the Executive Director for Project Apis m., has been working with honey bees and the parasites that plague them for over 20 years. Her background includes training and research from bee labs in Minnesota, Canada and France; beekeeper education, work with commercial beekeepers and queen breeders, regulatory work as a State Apiarist in Utah and Hawaii, and wrangling bees for TV and film. She works closely with Apiary Inspectors of America, Bee Informed Project and a VSH breeding project with collaborators in Hawaii, Louisiana and Europe selecting and refining Varroa resistant bees. She holds a BSc from University of Minnesota and an MSc from Simon Fraser University. Please direct any questions or feedback regarding PAm to: danielle@projectapism.org.

 

Christi Heintz

Christi2014 Christi Heintz was the first Executive Director for Project Apis m. during it’s first 10 years.  Christi has managed research, including pollination research, since 1979, working specifically on behalf of honey bees since 2006.  She has received Distinguished Service Awards from the California State Beekeepers (2003 and 2011) and the American Honey Producers (2010).  Christi is a member of the Steering Committee for the Keystone Honey Bee Health Coalition, the Research Committee for the California State Beekeepers Association, the Board of Directors for Bee Informed Partnership, and is Liaison to the Almond Board’s Bee Task Force.  She is a former hobby beekeeper and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from UC Davis.

 

Billy Synk

Billy Synk, Director of Pollination Programs for Project Apis m. works with growers in California to help them integrate bee forage into their operations.  He manages the ‘Seeds for Bees’ bee forage cover crop project. Billy comes to us from UC Davis, where he managed bees and participated in bee research projects with Drs. Brian Johnson, Neal Williams and Elina Niño.  He was trained in beekeeping by noted bee breeder-geneticist Sue Cobey at the Ohio State University, where he received a BS in environmental policy and management.  Billy worked with photographer Anand Varma on the “Quest for a Superbee” article published in the May 2015 edition of National Geographic and the incredible honey bee metamorphosis video. Please direct any questions or feedback regarding the Seeds for Bees program to: billy@projectapism.org.

 

Tara McCall

Tara McCallTara graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2002 and spent 8 years as an officer in the US Air Force conducting research to enhance pilot performance as an Aerospace Physiologist. The Air Force moved her family to Okinawa, Japan, for three years where she raised kids and worked part-time for Project Apis m. She now lives in Tucson, AZ and enjoys working with honeybee research and website management for PAm.

 

Jean Easley

Jean EasleyJean Easley has a long background working for agriculture, beginning in 1967 with the American Sheep Producers Council general offices in Denver, CO.  She worked there for many years, both full and part time and while a student in Mid-Western Bible Institute, where she graduated in 1978.  Prior to training for and launching full-time ministry, Jean spent a year with Great Western Sugar, also in Denver, and with good experience in previous ag positions, joined the Almond Board of California in 1998 where she spent eight additional years in agriculture and worked with Christi Heintz, who later placed her on staff of Project Apis m.  At PAm, Jean assists Christi with many special projects from her home office in Alamo, TX.  Jean has worked from sheep to sugar (beets) to almonds to honey bees and has a heart for American agriculture.

 

Terri Wardell

Terri Wardell Terri is a California native. She spent the last 30 years in Oregon and Arizona where she earned her B.S and M.S. in education and then taught students for over 25 years. In Arizona she worked with S.A.F.E. Research and Development as a lab technician. Terri currently works with Pacific Pollination as an Operations Manager and as the Finance Manager with Project Apis m.

 

 

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