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201 9 Officers

Our Constitution and By-laws

Matt Liere -- President (3rd Year)


  • IEBA Member since 2013

  • Certified Apprentice, Summer 2013

  • Preparing for Journeyman Level (2018)

  • Retired, 23-year military officer; Quality Systems/ISO Manager for Omega Pacific;  

  • Freelance correspondent for The Spokesman-Review; Bee-Informed Partnership (BIP) consultant

  • MS Quality Management, National Graduate School; BS Aeronautical Technology, Purdue


Matt manages a number of hives, directly dependent on the number of swarm collections, equipment stores, and small amount of ambition he’s able to muster. When not managing bees, or working to support a multitude of addictions, Matt applies the remainder of his energy raising four children with his wife, Gina, on their 11-acre compound in North Spokane. Red wine and IPAs provide sanity, effectively filling in any gaps.

Chris Flanagan -- Vice President (3rd Year)


  • IEBA Member since 2011

  • Earned Apprentice Level, Summer 2011

  • Preparing for Journeyman Level

  • Retired teacher, middle & high school, West Valley SD – math, science, tennis, theatre

  • BS Biology (botany & entomology), UC Riverside; BA Education & MS, EWU


Chris regularly manages 2-4 hives at his S. Hill residence.  He enjoys talking about beekeeping at the fair and other IEBA educational events.  He keeps bees to learn more about them and their fellow pollinators.  He extracts his own honey and likes to incorporate it in a variety of recipes.

Karen Stocking -- Secretary (2nd Year)


  • Semi-retired DOD contractor and multi-media artist

  • First-year beekeeper

  • IEBA member since 2017

  • Certified Apprentice beekeeper 2018

  • Working towards journeyman beekeeper level


For the last couple of years her garden has not done as well as expected due to the lack of bees.

Karen has been pollinating by hand with a tiny brush and feels that the bees will do a much better job.

Scott Ingles -- Treasurer (4th Year)


  • IEBA member since at least 2004

  • Began keeping bees in 2001

  • Journeyman Level Beekeeper

  • Lead Judge for honeybee exhibits, Spokane Interstate Fair

  • USAF Lt. Col (Ret)


Scott keeps bees and gardens on Spokane’s South Hill.  A long-time IEBA member, Scott revamped the honeybee exhibit manual for the Spokane Fair.  He leads IEBA involvement in the annual Lincoln County Conservation Day, Farm Fair, and he is an instructor for the Basic Beekeeping Course.  Scott is an Orchid Society member.  In the Air Force he flew B-52s and taught others to fly them.  In total disregard for IRS protocol, Scott keeps IEBA accounts accurate to the penny.