Our Board of Directors

These are the current members of our Board of Directors

Tom Wilk - Master Beekeeper

Photo Credit: William Dixson

Tom Wilk is our founding member and the President and Treasurer of the Queens Beekeepers Guild, Inc.

He is also the Founder and VP of Wilk Apiary, Inc.

Tom started beekeeping in 2012 after taking the 8 hour course with the NYC Beekeepers Association in 2012. He has grown from 1 apiary in Long Island City, Queens to having 7 Queens apiaries as well as 1 in Nassau County and another in Ulster County. Tom and his team manage 35 colonies in these 9 apiaries.

In July 2019 Tom became a Certified Master Beekeeper from the Cornell Dyce Lab for Honeybee Studies.

Geraldine Simonis

Geraldine is the Vice President and Secretary of the Queens Beekeepers Guild, Inc.

She grew up spending summers on her grandparents’ farm in Belgium, where her grandfather and uncle kept a small apiary. It was there that her love and appreciation of bees would develop.

2020 marks her fifth season beekeeping in New York City and her third season as head beekeeper at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms, managing their apiaries and offsite clients, as well as teaching their season-long beekeeping education program.

Joseph Smallwood

Joeseph is one of our founding Board Members. He does not keep honeybees but has helped out when called upon.

 

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