WHPA Leadership




Jon Logterman         

PO Box 531

Osseo, Wi 54758




Vice President

Nick Thill         

7619 Fairway Lane

West Bend, WI 53090




Jim Burzynski

36510 165th Ave

Stanley, WI 54768

(715) 644-5681



James Hillmeyer

8953 Central Sands Rd

Bancroft, WI 54921

(715) 347-4996




Past President

Kent Pegorsch

E2225 Meadow Valley Ct

Waupaca, WI 54981

(715) 258-0590


Min Height: auto


Term runs through 2021

Tim Wilbanks
PO Box 117
Sullivan, WI 53178
(319) 321-2494

Term runs through 2020

Dan Piechowski
W4931 Hwy 21
Redgranite, WI 54970
(920) 566-4132

Term runs through 2022

Stephanie Slater
612 E. Market Street, Unit 102
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 215-2791

District Chairpeople

Southern District

Tim Wilbanks
PO Box 117
Sullivan, WI 53178
(319) 321-2494 timwilbanksbees@gmail.com

Southwestern District

Shelly Astle
S4131A ST Hwy 80
Hillsboro, WI 54634
(608) 489-2456

Southeastern District

Don Thill
244 S. 15 Street
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 689-2076

Central District

Missy Moore
N5755 8th Avenue
Plainfield, WI 54966
(715) 335-6613




Northeastern District

Chris Hansen
3279 Hwy 8 East
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 369-0383 chris@hansenhoneyfarm.com


Northwestern District

John Spate
6027 60th Ave
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(715) 874-6454

Western District

Dan Ziehli
29196 Kirkwood Ave
Wilton, WI 54670
(608) 343-0716

WHPA Committees

No more than half of a standing committee’s membership shall be replaced in 1 year, except by the committee member’s own request. Verbal reports are to be given by the committee chair at the regularly scheduled meetings (Summer and Annual Meeting). A written report shall be submitted to the President prior to the annual meeting.

Awards Committee – Chair: Matt LaForge mjlaforge@gmail.com

Function: To determine the yearly award winners and do so in a manner that will create and maintain membership interest in its continuation.

MEMBERS: Membership limited to previous recipients of the Beekeeper of the Year award.


Communications Committee – Chair: Tracy Malterer badger.bee@hotmail.com

Function: To monitor and communicate with WHPA members and public. Including, but not limited to, Badger Bee, WHPA website, Facebook, and Twitter.


Constitution & By-laws Committee– Chair: Mitchel Wayne waynehoney2010@gmail.com

Function: Revise the Constitution and By-Laws as needed.


Convention Committee– Co-Chairs: Karri Burzynski karri_22us@yahoo.com , Mary Kettlewell mpuzzler@prodigy.net , Liz Schroeder liz91201@hotmail.com  

Function: Prepare programs and plans for Annual Convention of WHPA


Education Committee – Chair: Shelly Astle astle.shelly@gmail.com

Function: To promote WHPA and the industry though a variety of educational projects. Will consist of two subcommittees:

  1. Youth EducationShelly Astle (Poster contest; Ag in the Classroom; etc.)

   a. KIDS & BEE EXPO – vacancy, need a coordinator for this event

   b. Youth Mentoring – Tim Wilbanks timwilbanksbees@gmail.com Youth Mentoring Program

  1. Member Education – Mitchel Wayne waynehoney2010@gmail.com & Chris Hansen chris@hansenhoneyfarm.com Labeling laws, BMPs, tax exemption laws, relevant issues to WHPA membership; develop and implement a speaker bureau

Finance and Audit/Budget Committee– Mary Kettlewell mpuzzler@prodigy.et & Shelly Astle shelly@mwt.net

Audit – vacancy, need a volunteer

Function: Study the financial need and status of WHPA. Prepare annual budget. The audit committee shall be a subcommittee of the Finance Committee.

Honey Queen Committee – Chair: Mary Kettlewell mpuzzler@prodigy.net

Function: Organize, promote, and implement the Honey Queen program


Legislative Committee– Chair: Anna Kettlewell honeyqueen99@hotmail.com

Function: Keep membership informed on all legislative material pertaining to the beekeeping industry. Be responsible for the introduction of approved legislation. Serve as liaison to the state legislature and other organizations with similar interests. Keep records of all known or suspected pesticide damage incidents involving honey bees in Wisconsin. Act as liaison between WHPA and government agencies, organizations, and/or individuals associated with regulatory issues, including the honey bee-pesticide issue. Manage and submit Section18 applications on behalf of the WHPA.


Promotions Committee – Chair: Ingrid Logterman inlog2002@gmail.com

Function: Organize promotional programs


Research Committee – Chair: Doug Hauke haukehoney@charter.net

Function: To recommend the yearly distribution of monies designated for research. Takes written recommendations from membership to bring forth to the Executive Committee.


State Fair Committee – Chair: Derald Kettlewell deraldk@prodigy.net;  

Function: Make arrangements for and be responsible for State Fair function including negotiation of a contract with the State Fair manager to be approved by the Executive Committee.


We welcome all beekeepers and people interested in beekeeping to join the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association!