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National Council of 56 Clubs
Connecting Collectors to Clubs and Clubs to Each Other

Officers and Board of Directors
NCC Executive Board Members

Sue Chretien
Richard Puckett Sue is a past president of the Southwest Villagers in Arizona and serves as the editor of the NCC Club Connection. She loves collecting Department 56 and is known for her “anytime” vignettes.
Vice President

Brandon Taylor
Brandon has been collecting since he was 9. Almost 26 years later his passion is still growing. Brandon has served the Arkansas Villagers in many capacities, including having the pleasure of serving as president for the past ten years. Brandon has written for the Village D-Lights and is currently a contributor to the NCC Club Connection.

Scott McKevitt
Scott McKevitt Scott has been collecting Department 56 since 2000 and later joined The Heritage Treasures Collectors Club of Long Island in 2010.  He has served as NCC Club Representative and currently serves as vice president of the club.

Ellen Somerwill
Ellen Sommerwill secretaryncc@ncc56.com Ellen has served as vice president and NCC Club Representative for the Queen City Villagers in Cincinnati.  She has been collecting Department 56 collectibles for over 30 years.  In 2012 she was awarded Department 56 "Collector of the Year" award.
Past President

Richard Puckett
Richard pastpresidentncc@ncc56.com Richard is a founding member of the Magnolia 56ers in Jackson, Mississippi. He also serves as the Editor of Village D-tails. He has been an avid collector and archivist of Department 56 collectibles for 30 years.
NCC Regional Representatives
Region 1

Canada -
Prince Edward Island,
Newfoundland, Labrador,
Nova Scotia, Quebec,
New Brunswick
Maddie Pimenta

region1ncc@ncc56.com Maddie has served the North Shore Village Association of Massachusetts in various capacities from president, Club NCC Club Representative, Membership Secretary and Editor of their club newsletter.  She worked on the committee that put together the Northeast Harvest Gathering in Connecticut.  She has been a Department. 56 collector for over 20 years.
Region 2

Canada - Ontario
Nancy Mattson

region2ncc@ncc56.com Nancy has been an active member of the Heritage Treasures Collector's Club of Long Island for 22 years and has served as NCC Club Representative, club secretary and currently club co-president. She started collecting 32 years ago and has at least one building from every village. She also assisted in the organization of the Northeast Harvest Gathering and served as its secretary.
Region 3

Linda Lewis

Mike Goode
region3ncc@ncc56.com Linda Lewis resides in Fletcher, NC, near Ashville. She and her husband Herschel recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Linda has been a collector of Department 56 for over 20 years and considers Snow Village Halloween her favorite collection since she and Herschel were married Halloween weekend. Linda and Herschel also enjoy their New England, Snow Village and Christmas Story collections. She is returning as the Region 3 Representative after serving in that position in 2012-2015.
Region 4

Pam Orman

region4ncc@ncc56.com Pam is the president of the Magnolia 56ers in the Jackson, Mississippi metro area and is also the NCC Club Representative. She has also served as club treasurer and club historian in the past. Pam began collecting 20 years ago and loves the North Pole village.
Region 5

Sue Olson

region5ncc@ncc56.com Susan has been a member of the Windy City 56'ers since 1995 and has served the club in various capacities over the years including it's current VP and NCC Representative. She also is a member of the Ducky 56'ers, and worked on the last three Chicago gatherings.  She has been collecting Department 56 for over 25 years. 
Region 6

Canada - Manitoba
Tom Iacoviello

region6ncc@ncc56.com Tom belongs to the Northern Lights Collectors Club and started collecting while his family was vacationing in Orlando in 1986 and they spotted a D56 display at the Disney Christmas store. He was hooked from that point on. His first pieces were the Snow Village Cumberland House and Snow Village Cathedral and favorite building is the St. Paul's Cathedral. When not collecting he’s an IT Project Manager and loves playing bridge, he could play all day every day if he could. He joined the Northern Lights Collectors Club just before the 2001 D56 25th Anniversary Gala. Before then he wasn't even aware that there were collector clubs. Tom has previously served as Club President, Club Treasurer, NCC Club Rep, NCC Regional Rep (4 years) and NCC Treasurer (4 years).
Region 7

Ethel Campbell

region7ncc@ncc56.com Ethel is a charter member of The Four States Village People in Joplin, Missouri, and has served in various positions from its president, NCC Club representative and currently serves as club newspaper editor. She has also served as NCC Secretary, served on the committee for the past NCC Convention and serves as a presenter on various occasions. She has been a Department 56 collector for over 35 years.
Region 8

Ken Shirley

region8ncc@ncc56.com Ken has collected Dept 56 Villages since 1995. He has been a member of NCC clubs since 2000, first with the New Mexico Townspeople and recently The Oklahoma Village Collector’s Club in Tulsa, as he and his wife recently relocated. He has been his club’s NCC Rep for fifteen years and has held numerous club offices throughout. Ken is a past Department 56 Display Artist, has released instructional videos with Hot Wire Foam Factory, conducted numerous Gathering seminars, and has been published in Village D-Lights.
Region 9

Canada - Alberta,
British Columbia,
Julie Jacky

region9ncc@ncc56.com Julie is currently the president of the Windy City 56'ers and a member of the Ducky 56'ers.  She has served as chair /co-chair of the three Chicago Gatherings.  Julie and her husband have been collecting Department 56 Villages since 1985.
Region 10

Frank Mapes

Michele Brown
region10ncc@ncc56.com Frank has been a collector of numerous Department 56 villages since 1989 and has been a very active member of the Arizona clubs where he has served in several capacities. Frank is very creative and has assisted with the themed decorations of past gatherings in the southwest. He is presently working with the 25th anniversary gathering committee chaired by Debbie Shelgren to bring Mike and Sue’s aesthetic vision for the gathering to fruition.
NCC Advisory Council
Associate Member Coordinator

Brandon Taylor
associatesncc@ncc56.com The Associate Member Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and communicating with those entities who are Department 56 dealers or are engaged in selling items directly related to the collecting of Department 56 products.
Membership Chairperson

Sue Chretien
membershipncc@ncc56.com The Membership Coordinator is responsible for providing assistance and support for those wishing to form an NCC Member Club. The Membership Coordinator, together with the appropriate Region Representative, assists with recruitment support for existing Member Clubs.
NCC Club Connection Editor

Judy Severance
Judy Severance editorncc@ncc56.com The editor of the Club Connection is responsible for the overall content, layout, design and distribution of the NCC’s official publication
Social Media Coordinator

Pete Baer
SocialMediaCoordinator@ncc56.com Pete and his wife Trudi have been collecting Department 56 for 31 years. He was the president of the Mid-Atlantic Village Gathering (MAVG) gatherings for the 2003, 2005 and the 2007 gatherings and was the chair of the 2001 gathering. He has served as the treasurer of his local club, the Annapolis Villagers since 1996.
NCC / Department 56 Liaison
Melinda Seegers

Department 56 Consumer Services


Melinda is affectionately known by collectors and Department 56 as MS LIT TOWN. Her depth of product knowledge along with her undying commitment to collectors  and clubs holds her in the highest esteem by all that know her.

Melinda is a devoted grandmother and quilter.  Her likeness has been featured in several accessories including this year’s Ms Quilt Town.

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Ms Quilt Town

NCC Honorary Members
Jack Skeels

Jack Skeels
As a club member and passionate collector, Jack Skeels conceived the idea of the National Council of 56 Clubs while attending a Bachman’s collector gathering in Minnesota. He envisioned a means by which all of the Department 56 collector clubs could come together and share their collective thoughts and ideas for club growth, meetings and future gatherings. Sadly, Jack died in 2005 but the NCC continues to thrive as he had dreamed.
Judith Price

Judith Price
Until her retirement in 2004, Judith Price served for many years as the Manager of Consumer Services at Department 56. As MS LIT TOWN, Judith brought the company to collectors through her attendance at countless collector gatherings, club meetings and retailer events throughout the United States and Canada. Today, Judith enjoys her retirement with her husband and family.
Paul Bachman

Paul Bachman
Paul Bachman is considered the “Father of Department 56 Collector Gatherings.” When the company saw the overwhelming response to the new villages and retirements, it became evident to Paul that somehow collectors needed to come together. From 1989, until 1999, Bachman’s hosted annual gatherings in the Minneapolis area for collectors. Today, Paul serves as president of Bachman’s.  
Peter and Jeanne George

Peter George Jeanne George 
As avid collectors and the former publishers of numerous Department 56 related publications, including Greenbook and The Village Chronicle, Peter & Jeanne George fanned the collector flame and left an indelible mark in the hearts of Department 56 collectors to this day.  Today, Peter is a very sought after motivational speaker and Jeanne operates a successful bookkeeping agency. 
Notable Figures
Ed Bazinet Ed Bazinet The NCC would like to acknowledge the passing of Department 56 Founder Ed Bazinet. Ed was the driving force behind the company’s early success and its long history. His vision and inspiration for the Villages has touched the lives of countless individuals and families as well as set in motion family traditions that will continue to be shared for many years to come. .
Collector of the year

The NCC Collector(s) of the Year shall be:
  • A member or a couple of an NCC member club for at least five years.
  • Is/are positive in thought, word and act, who positively promotes their club, the NCC and Department 56.
  • Is/are one(s) who encourages others in collecting.
  • Is/are one(s) who gives of their time with their club, with other clubs and with the NCC
    • Note - the size and scope of their personal collection should not be the main component. This award is given from the heart and therefore should incorporate the giving heart of the collector(s) who is/are chosen.
  • Previous NCC Collectors of the Year are not eligible.
  • Is/are one(s) who volunteer time for club activities
  • Is/are one(s) who actively seek out ways to find new members whether it be for their own club, another club, or the NCC.

2017 Collector of the year
Debbie Shelgren
NCC President's Award

The NCC President's Award is a milestone award that will be presented annually, beginning with the organization’s 25th Anniversary. The award shall have a broad reach in an effort to recognize an individual, individuals or entity who through their selfless actions have left a permanent and positive imprint on the National Council of 56 Clubs, its Member Clubs and Department 56 collecting. Recipients may include Department 56 employees, NCC officers, Clubs, individual collector(s), Associate Members, retailers and the like. The award(s) shall be presented, publicly, at the gathering of the sitting President's choice.

2017 President's Awards
Seegers McGowan
Melinda Seegers - Department 56 Harry and June McGowan - Dept. 56 Retirees