Who We Are

In 2017 OCBA’s membership consisted of 199 dues paying beekeepers. Many of those beekeepers participate in the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program. The Master Beekeeper Program was developed to provide a formal structure to allow beekeepers to improve their beekeeping skills and knowledge. Beekeepers progress from Certified Beekeeper through Master Craftsman Beekeeper levels of continuing education and experience.

Randall Austin is OCBA’s Master Beekeeper Coordinator. In this capacity he serves as OCBA’s liaison to the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program. Among OCBA’s 2017 membership, these members have earned advanced beekeeping certifications.

Certified Beekeepers

Jeanne Arnts Karen Lauterbach Vicki Robertson
David Bailey Celeste Mayer Dawn Rogers
Karen Bentley Dick Merritt John Schaub
Richard Brown Curtis Pruitt Jerry Schoendorf
Ryan Chamberlain Louise Rascoe Cathy Starks
Maggie Funkhouser Chris Richmond Adrienn Uzsak
Brad Kosiba Nerissa Rivera Lisa Vogel

Journeyman Beekeepers

Chris Apple Mark Powers Cynthia Speed
David Eckert Elizabeth Pratson Walter Starks
Jim Evans John Rintoul

Master Beekeepers

Randall Austin Geneva Green Todd Walker
Lewis Cauble John Wallace