Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Meet the 2016 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 20 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.

Maria Cramer

Maria returned as an Apiary Inspector last year after a few years away. She enjoys meeting and working with beekeepers and their honey bees. She especially enjoys working with new beekeepers and educating others about honey bees

Paul Krepicz

Paul returned as an Apiary Inspector last year after a few years away. He has had a great deal of experience as an inspector and working with bees. He enjoys working with new and experienced beekeepers and helping to keep PA’s bees healthy.

Bonnie Hall

Bonnie has been keeping bees for approximately 18 years and served as an Apiary Inspector since 1999. She especially enjoys meeting with and talking to beekeepers about honey bees and working with them to keep their bees healthy. 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 approximately 40 years. Jim states the best part of being an Apiary Inspector is helping beekeepers keep healthy bees.

Nate Weber

Nate is returning for his fourth 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 beginner and experienced beekeepers, talking bees, and is happy to be doing his part to keep Pennsylvania’s honey bees healthy and happy. He especially enjoys helping to educate people about honey bees.

Jeff Eckels

Bio not yet available

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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