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Stakeholder Advisory Board on Pollinator Health

The Stakeholder Advisory Board serves several purposes. First, it provides invaluable feedback, guidance, and collaborative opportunities for the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research. Second, the Board can help disseminate the activities, research results and outreach messages of the CPR. Third, the diverse nature of the board, which represents all facets of society, ensures that CPR positions its research, outreach and educational activities to be broadly applicable.

The Stakeholder Advisory Board consists of representatives of local, national, and international stakeholder groups that are committed to the conservation and expansion of pollinator populations. Representatives facilitate information flow between the stakeholders and Center, ensuring that (1) research, education and outreach efforts of the Center address and support stakeholder needs and (2) results of Center activities are broadly disseminated to help stakeholders better support pollinator populations. Stakeholder representatives are invited to present in the Center's Pollinator Health and Policy Seminar series and provide key contributions to working groups, symposia, and conferences organized by the Center. Collaborations between Center members and stakeholder groups allow us to rapidly and efficiently address emerging concerns and issues facing pollinators in agricultural and natural landscapes. For more information about the Stakeholder Advisory Board, please contact Christina Grozinger (cmg25@psu.edu).

Stakeholder Advisory Board Members


Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association
Stephen Repasky represents the PSBA. The PSBA has supported beekeepers, advocated for research on bee health and management, and educated the public about honey bees and beekeeping since 1904. The PSBA has had a long and active partnership with Penn State.

American Beekeeping Federation

Zac Browning represents the American Beekeeping Federation. Zac is a fourth generation beekeeper, managing colonies for honey production and crop pollination in North Dakota, Idaho, Washington and California. The ABF is a national organization with more than 1200 members that works in the interest of all beekeepers to ensure the future of the honey bee.

American Honey Producers Association

Chris Hiatt represents the American Honey Producers Association. Chris is the co-owner of Hiatt Honey Co, which managed 20,000 colonies in California, Washington and North Dakota. The AHPA is an organization of more than 550 member beekeepers, dedicated to promoting the common interest and general welfare of the American Honey Producer and supporting research to promote the health and productivity of honey bees.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Charles Vorisek is a member of Pa State Beekeepers Association, is on the Apiary Advisory Board, is the Apiary representative on the Pa Farm Bureau’s Fruit, Vegetable and Apiary Commodity Committee and represents the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Karen Roccasecca is the Pennsylvania State Apiarist and represents the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The PDA encourages, protects and promotes agriculture throughout the Commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens. Pennsylvania’s 59,000 farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.7 million acres of farmland.

Ernst Conservation Seeds
Mark Fiely is the horticulturist for Ernst Conservation Seeds. He works with production of seed and design of seed mixes for pollinator habitat. He represents Ernst Conservation Seeds to multiple organizations that have an interest in pollinators including Wildlife Habitat Council, Virginia Working Landscapes and many more.

Wyman's of Maine
Bruce Hall is Agronomist for Jasper Wyman & Son. Founded in 1874 Wyman's remains a family owned company whose principal business is the growing, processing and marketing of frozen wild blueberries and other berry fruits. Wyman’s contracts over 15,000 hives annually in Maine and Canada for pollination services. Wyman's is a leader in sustainable agricultural practices that conserve and support honey bees and other pollinators.

AmericanHort
Craig Regelbrugge is the Senior Vice President-Industry Advocacy and Research for AmericanHort. Formed in 2014 through the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA-The Association of Horticulture Professionals, AmericanHort With a legacy of over 220 years of service to the horticulture industry, AmericanHort supports nearly 16,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and suppliers. AmericanHort and the affiliated Horticultural Research Institute have launched the Grow Wise, Bee Smart pollinator stewardship initiative, which is funding and leveraging critical research, developing grower stewardship practices, and partnering to improve pollinator habitat and forage.

General Motors
Susan Kelsey is GM’s global biodiversity program manager. In this role, she leads the company’s wildlife habitat efforts, working with global teams to achieve certified habitat programs at all GM manufacturing sites by 2020. Susan Kelsey is GM’s global biodiversity program manager. In this role, she leads the company’s wildlife habitat efforts, working with global teams to achieve certified habitat programs at all GM manufacturing sites by 2020.

Monarch Joint Venture
Holly Holt is the Science Coordinator for the Monarch Joint Venture. The MJV is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. Committed to science-based approaches, the MJV seeks to foster habitats that will not only conserve and protect the annual, breath-taking monarch migratory phenomenon, but also sustain environments for other pollinators, plants and animals.

Pollinator Partnership
Vicki Wojcik is the Research Director of the Pollinator Partnership. Pollinator Partnership’s mission to protect and promote pollinators and the ecosystem services they provide through research, outreach, policy support and stakeholder collaboration. Pollinator Partnership also administers the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC).

Xerces Society
Mace Vaughan is the Co-Director of the Pollinator Conservation Program of the Xerces Society. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Xerces has been at the forefront of native pollinator conservation for over 40 years, and manages the largest team of pollinator conservation experts in North America.

Regional Science Consortium
Jen Salem is the founder and program director of Go Native Erie!, an educational outreach and research organization that promotes the benefits of using native plants and participates in restoration efforts on Presque Isle State Park. Go Native Erie! operates under the Regional Science Consortium(RSC). The RSC is collaborative, non-profit organization that focuses on and coordinates educational and research projects for Lake Erie and the upper Ohio River Basin.

Powdermill Nature Reserve/Carnegie Museum of Natural History
John Wenzel was formerly Professor of Entomology at Ohio State, and is a specialist on systematics and taxonomy of Hymenoptera. He has a long time interest in native bees, nesting biology, and ecology. In 2011, he initiated a number of programs at Powdermill Nature Reserve to study the environmental health of native pollinator communities as well as surveys of the regional bee fauna.