Project Apis m. began with what was almost guerilla tactics — raising funds donated by growers and beekeepers and channeling research efforts to protect their livelihood. PAm founders built trust and partnerships to develop lean, efficient programs and crafted a mission that connects resources with a practical focus. That was ten years ago (so was CCD!) and since then we’ve fought a good fight. As our research and forage programs continue to expand into our second decade, we are pleased to be growing our skill set and capacity with two excellent new hires!
PAm fielded an impressive pool of applicants for the positions we posted (thank you!) and we’re happy to welcome a new Director of Operations, Patty Shreve, and Sheila Jackson, providing communications and fundraising expertise. Both live in Utah.
A natural fit in PAm’s Bees-ness! Sheila Jackson, Marketing and Communications,
and Patty Shreve, Director of Operations.
Patty arrives with a science background and has done field studies and specialized zoo caretaking with birds. She followed that more recently with positions managing nonprofit organizations, including work with the Utah Nonprofit Association. As a self- and peer- proclaimed “multitasking maven,” Patty brims with nonprofit expertise and resources, which make her a perfect fit for PAm!
Sheila is uniquely suited for fundraising and development with additional expertise in communications and graphic design; most recently applying her skills to conservation driven missions at land trust and conservancy nonprofits.
Patty and Sheila are new to bees and beekeeping, although they both keep pollinator gardens. And they both jumped into a beehive during their first week on the job! The mission and efficacy of PAm are built on our relationships and finding those who can propel our mission forward. So, if you see Patty and Sheila at upcoming conferences, be sure to say hello and tell them about your role in our hive!
Danielle Downey is the Executive Director for Project Apis m. She has been working with honey bees and the parasites that plague them for over 20 years.