Button Hover Effect by Web-Buttons.com v3.0.0



Button Hover Effect by Web-Buttons.com v3.0.0
NCC Masthead

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 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 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

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

Jeff Kirchner

I been an avid collector of Department 56 since the late 1980’s collecting from most of the core villages. Seeing the detailed houses in a store window front for the holidays got me hooked. My love for Christmas began as a small boy where my parents and Grand Parents always had their homes overly decorated for the holidays. The Village buildings of the village underneath the Christmas tree at my Grandparents house with the trains my grandfather would display for the holidays. I have been a member of several clubs through out the country and have served in several leadership positions. I currently live in NJ and serve as President of the Garden State Village Collectors. I have attended numerous Village Gatherings, and have volunteered at many of them. I have developed relationships with local and National Department 56 Representatives.

Click here for more about Jeffery Kirchner

Region 3


Michael Tolson

Michael Tolson
Michael began collecting D56 in 1993 with Nantucket Renovation. He and his wife, Rachel, are Charter Members of the Old North State Villagers, in Greensboro, NC, where he has served as Club President. Michael also served as Region 3 Rep quite a few years ago. Residing in Thomasville, Michael has an extensive Dickens Village display, which has been featured in the local newspaper and also on a segment of "Roy's Folks" on Fox 8, a local television station. He also has many Snow Village, Christmas in the City, North Pole and Halloween pieces, not to mention his wife's Snowbaby collection.
Region 4


Denis Gillen

My wife and I started collecting back in 1992 while shopping at the Lemon Tree in Gatlinburg, TN. I joined the Tampa Bay 56ers in 1994 and have served as President (three different times), Treasurer and Newsletter editor. I've attended twelve gatherings over the years and was chairman of the 2007 Suncoast Southern Regional Gathering at Clearwater Beach, FL.. I started out as a New England Village Collector. Now it is a bit of everything. With over 500 buildings and 1200 accessories, finding storage is the biggest challenge now.
Region 5


Sue Olson

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

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

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.

Click here for more about Ethel Campbell

Region 8


Richard Puckett

Region 9

Canada - Alberta,
British Columbia,

Julie Jacky

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
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

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

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 The editor of the Club Connection is responsible for the overall content, layout, design and distribution of the NCC’s official publication
NCC Historian

Ken Shirley

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.

Click here for more about Ken Shirley

New Club Liaison

Nancy Mattson

Nancy Mattson

The duties of the New Club Liaison are to:
• Follow up on leads with persons who are interested in starting clubs.
• Provide assistance with the information and support necessary to get the club organized.
• Work closely with the interested individuals and the Regional Representative for that area ensuring that the Regional Representative is kept informed on how the new club is progressing.
• Be the “go to” person for assisting in bylaw adoption, the formation of a Club Board, providing ideas for meetings, meeting locations, recruitment assistance, etc.
• This position is not to take the place of the Regional Representative. This is to allow the Regional Rep to continue with their duties, while the New Club Liaison provides the necessary support for the new club.
• This position would provide regular updates to the Regional Rep where the club is being formed, as well as regular updates at the NCC Board Meetings.
• The New Club Liaison would work with and mentor the new club for approximately a year as they work through their initial organization, adoption of bylaws until the dedicated assistance is no longer necessary.
Social Media Coordinator

Pete Baer

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.

click on image below for more information.
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.

2018 Collectors of the year
Martha and Barry Jack, and Julie Jacky
Martha and Barry Jack, and Julie Jacky
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.

2018 President's Awards
2018 Presidents award 1, No image available
The first award was to Brian and Spencer Young of our esteemed Associate Member, City Lights. City Lights Collectibles has been an Associate Member with the National Council of 56 Clubs since the beginning, and they have promoted and given prizes to many Gatherings over the past 26 years.
2018 Presidents award 2
The second award was to the Lemon Drop Committee of the Village Idiots, specifically Ellen and Hal Beighley, Fae Gimbol, Adrienne Masin, Andy MacTarnahan, and Lynn and Dick Nichols. This committee was born of two simple questions: How could they liberate their Department 56 pieces from their Styrofoam sleeping chambers, and how could they spend more time together in between the Village Idiots meetings? The answer was a small group of friends and some forgotten kids in need of a smile at St. Mary’s Home for Boys—a 130-year-old organization dedicated to caring for the most damaged, disturbed, and troubled young men in Oregon. They are using their little houses to make a little difference in the lives of a few kids who may feel forgotten, and making sure they know they’re remembered. The NCC is very proud of these recipients.
2017 President's Awards
Seegers McGowan
Melinda Seegers - Department 56 Harry and June McGowan - Dept. 56 Retirees