I am 100% county boy, and Agribusiness is my real job. Love my wonderful wife of nearly 45 years and Enjoying the farming operation with her when I get home from work, we are poultry, cattle and honeybee farmers. But most of all We enjoy the activities in our church Seventh Street Baptist.
Vince is a Tuscaloosa County farmer. He currently tends to approximately 70 colonies. He finds great enjoyment and challenge being involved with the ABA. Staying on the cutting edge of relevance in beekeeping requires deep involvement, dedication and continued study.
He lives in Fosters, AL with his wife Karen, he has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, a cat, 3 dogs and at least 100 chickens.
I have been married to my husband Byron for over 27 years and we live in Cullman where we have raised 3 wonderful boys who we are very proud of. I am a full time wife, mom and stylist and enjoy keeping bees as a hobby. I began keeping bees in 2012 and became a Master Beekeeper in 2019 and I also enjoy working as the Secretary for the ABA. I have volunteered many hours teaching children of all ages about honeybees at our local schools and adults at some other local organizations.
I am a small business owner with my Sister. I work part time with the USPS and part time with YAP (Youth Advocate Program). I am an active member in my church Awakening Life Ministries. Also I am a beekeeper, which I love. I became an Alabama Master Beekeeper in 2020. In the summer, I teach people beekeeping in a organization where I volunteer.
Central Region (Director)
Sandra has been keeping bees since 2014 and is the owner of Emery Bees, a hobby apiary of 10-20 colonies, located in McCalla, AL. Selling nucs and local honey are her specialties. She is an Alabama Master Beekeeper and a board member of the Alabama Beekeepers Association. She is the current Vice President of Bibb County Beekeepers Association and a member of West Alabama Beekeepers Association. Sandra enjoys serving as a mentor and advocate for the beekeeping community.
Her full time job is as a steelworker at U.S. Steel in Fairfield, AL. Sandra’s other interests include gardening, grilling, traveling and off-roading, and spending time with family and friends.
Southern Region (Director)
A beekeeper since 2014, Kate is currently Vice President & Secretary of Lower AL Beekeepers Association and a 2020 Alabama Master Beekeeper. She has taught beginner beekeepers at the annual ACES conference, has visited multiple local schools through the 4 H program to educate children about the importance of honey bees, routinely gives classes at her local bee association & has mentored many new beekeepers.
Residing in Lowndes Co along the beautiful Alabama River, Kate and her husband, Ralph, own Sweetgum Ridge Apiaries. A 70 acre farm, they manage over 35 hives for honey production, raise and sell Nucs & Queens and nurture free range chickens for egg production.
Southern Region (Director)
The Environmental Studies Center located in Mobile, Al. is part of the Mobile County Public School System. Various educational programs are provided for students of all grade levels. The ESC also hosts events and programs for adults as well.
Troy Latham is a member of the ABA and teacher at the ESC where he does a pollinator program for students and adults using open hive demonstrations, a beekeeping museum, flower dissections and pollinator scavenger hunts.