Meet the Board
Tom Bench has had a fascination for bees since he was a child. He founded the University of Utah Beekeepers when he was a student at the U of U which maintains hives on campus and educates the campus community about the importance of bees. He co-founded Hollow Tree Honey in 2013 and has grown that business from local farmers markets to groceries stores across Utah making unheated local honey more accessible to Utah honey lovers. The company has offered flower seeds to honey customers in an effort to create more food for the local bees throughout the season. After meeting the owners of Grip6, we collaborated to form the Hollow Tree Honey Foundation.
Sara Bench is pictured here cutting reeds for an upcoming bee box building event. She is an artist who designed the foundation’s canvas totes, t shirts, and original logo. She is passionate about environmental issues and is a mother to 3 kids. She loves going to concerts, working on her art projects, hiking along the Wasatch Mountains, and hanging out with her family.
Jacquelynn Sokol recently graduated with a Masters of Non Profit Management and Leadership from ASU. She has served as a Draper Days Event Chair for the Draper Days Pie Contest since its inception in 2011. She is an active member in Draper's Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and other local non-profits, including Mentors International. She is a mother of 5 and stays busy baking bread, hiking Corner Canyon, long boarding Porter Rockwell trail, or doing yoga in the park.Amy Sibul is teaching faculty and the Community Engaged Learning Coordinator in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah. She has served as the faculty advisor to the UofU Beekeeper’s Association since its inception in 2012. Her professional expertise is in both conservation biology and pollinator ecology, and she has been passionate about understanding more about bees and sharing their amazing biology with the public for over 20 years.