Rick Mikula is owner and operator of Hole-In-Hand Butterfly Farm and MonaMe Kennel. He is President of the International Butterfly Breeders Association and Vice President of Education for the Canadian Butterfly Breeders and Exhibitors Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Vermont Envirosphere Project. He is a past Secretary and Treasurer of the New Jersey Lepidopterist Society, which initiated the Tiger Swallowtail in becoming the New Jersey state butterfly. Rick is also co-founder of Butterflywebsite.com, which is the oldest and largest butterfly web site in the world. He is also the pioneer and inventor of the releasing butterflies at weddings and funerals and has helped to make it a global phenomenon.