“I believe in God but I spell it N-A-T-U-R-E.” Frank Lloyd Wright. From her childhood years exploring in the verdant Allegheny Mountain woods and wading in the cold waters of Pine Creek in north central Pennsylvania, Alice has long felt an affinity and connection to the natural world. Alice is a life long student and is especially humbled to keep the wise company of bees. She has been a natural beekeeper for nine years and earned a certificate in Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping from her studies with Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. Alice is devoted to learning how to best care for her fascinating friends by studying their biology, habits and natural inclinations to support the well being of the entire colony. She believes restoring honeybees to a state of health requires abundant habitat, genetic diversity, natural management practices, and appropriate shelter. She is determined to remedy as many of the problems contributing to pollinator decline as possible to help these brilliant creatures once again thrive. Alice has applied many of her personal passions to her work with Apiopolis including environmental health, green jobs, community engagement and the creative arts. It is at the intersections of these that exciting synergies and innovative collaborations occur making the whole effort so much more dynamic, inclusive and impactful. Alice has a certificate in Landscape Design from The Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in Horticulture Science from North Carolina State University. She began her master’s study in landscape architecture in the College of Design at NCSU. It was during the latter engagement that she asked herself what, if she could choose to be anything at all, would she be and promptly answered “beekeeper.” And so she chose. That role has evolved to her present one as student and steward of honeybees. Alice has called Raleigh home since 1997. She is the founder of Apiopolis, a horticulturist, certified permaculture designer, certified yoga teacher, student of biodynamic agriculture, avid gardener, adorer of dogs and dirt and chickens and poetry and books. She is a runner, swimmer, skipper, jumper, climber. She is a wonderer and lover of all things natural, from the simplest singular beauty of a blue sky to the complex intricacies and magic of the wild world.  Her favorite state is reverent awe. “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh



CAT VALAND, Board Chair

Cat is an NC State graduate and has been a successful landscape designer in Raleigh for 18 years. With her developing interest in native plants and commitment to sustainable landscape design, it is a natural fit to include addressing the decline of pollinators. She now champions both causes through her work as Chair of the Board of Apiopolis.


MARY ENGEL, Board Vice-Chair

Mary is a beekeeper and nature enthusiast.  She grew up in Minnesota swimming, sailing, skating, and hiking the lakes and parks of Minneapolis, and she spent many childhood hours investigating bees and butterflies and other cool bugs.  Her curiosity about insects and love for nature led to her fascination with honeybees, her decision to start “keeping” them in her backyard six years ago, and her commitment to the mission and work of Apiopolis.

Mary is also a corporate lawyer for IQVIA.  Based in the Research Triangle Park, IQVIA is a global provider of healthcare information, technology, analytics and research services focused on using data and science to help healthcare clients and their patients.

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CRAIG DEAN, Interim Treasurer

Craig Dean is an architect who proudly calls Raleigh home.  He has witnessed the city’s changing landscape for over half a century and has participated in its vibrant growth.  Craig is fascinated by the intertwined and evolving relationship between humans and honeybees and excited by Apiopolis’ mission to strengthen pollinator habitats within an urban/suburban context.

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CP HARRIS, Treasurer


DANA DEATON, Secretary




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Elizabeth is a graduate of Meredith College with degrees in Art and Design. Growing up she spent summers with her family on the farm outside of Richmond, Virginia where there were endless hours spent outside playing and exploring. During those summers she never turned down a given opportunity to tag along to town with her great grandmother's garden club to do a local tour.

The love of nature, nostalgia for her childhood and being a mother to a blended family of five have brought her outside with a keen awareness for the future of tomorrow. As an advocate for the bees she encourages creating new pollinator habitats with native plantings throughout our community and educating our children on their importance.

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John Dempsey Parker is an independent community development consultant and organizer.  For over twenty years, he has worked to cultivate resilient, self-reliant, and creative community leaders and entrepreneurs through culturally appropriate collaborations and engaging nonprofits, congregations, funders, universities, businesses, tribes, and groups around their initiatives.

John’s strategic collaborators include Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, NCSU’s Institute for Emerging Issues, the Duke Endowment, the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, the NC Council of Churches, and the NC Rural Center.

John is a native from Moore County, North Carolina.  He received a BA at Wake Forest University in anthropology, international relations, and politics, a MA in applied anthropology from the University of Memphis, a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University, and a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School.  In addition to Apiopolis, John serves on the boards of Repairers of the Breach and the UNC American Indian Center.