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Officers and Board of Directors
NCC Executive Board Members

Brandon Taylor

Brandon had been over the years called many things from The Village Guru to a walking Village Encyclopedia. He has collected since he was 8 and attended his first gathering by the age 10. His Story starts with just wanting one house, the Flat of Ebenezer Scrooge…. That was all he wanted, and wouldn’t ask for any others. That didn’t last long. Now with a collection of around 700 houses his passion for the villages doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Brandon was the youngest member to ever join the Arkansas Villagers; which he currently has the honor of being the President for 15 Years. Along with his duties with the Arkansas Villagers he has served on NCC executive board as the Regional Representative for Region 8 and NCC Vice President before becoming President. Village is his life! He’s a former stock holder, a collector, a seasoned veteran of seminars for many Gatherings. In the past he wrote a regular column in the Village D-Lights where he enjoyed sharing his knowledge.

His passion for village extends to his family as well. Brandon is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle (who collects Halloween Village and Winters Frost) and the father of two amazing Daughters Emma and Carly (who collect Storybook, Frozen and Mickey’s Christmas Village, Harry Potter). Villaging is a family affair.
Vice President

Anna McPherson

Anna McPherson has been a villager since 1992, and a Department 56 Dickens Village collector since 1998. A member of the Ducky 56’ers, California 56 Collectors, and current Vice President of the Second City Collectors, she most recently held the post of New Membership Chair on the NCC board. In 2018, Anna served on the committee that hosted Sweet Home Chicago, as well as one of the spots on the home tours that followed the event. Anna’s passion for villaging lies within the tiny details in the displays and lifelike layouts, but her true joy comes from bringing together new and legacy collectors to encourage growth within the villaging collector community. Her husband, Marqus, is notorious for being a non-villager, but secretly knows the entire back story of each piece in her collection…

Bruce Lucas

Bruce Lucas I began my journey in 1999 collecting Halloween. Soon I started collecting CIC and then I slowly started to collect any village piece that caught my eye. Been a member of Arkansas Villagers for over a decade. When I designed my house I made a room for a permanent display of my village. I split the room in two and have Halloween on one side and Christmas on the other. I have fun building and creating displays for my permanent village and seasonal displays. I got my wife hooked finally and she collects Disney. I started picking up old Dickens pieces anywhere I can find them and have amassed a fairly good collection. I built a display in an old chest but now I have to build another display for the rest. My dream is to build a shop and have a display with trains permanently displayed to play with.

Martha Jack

Martha Jack Martha is a Past President of the Trillium Village Collectors Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is their current NCC rep. Martha is also the Secretary and NCC rep of a new club, the Georgian Bay Villagers in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. My husband, Barry, and I have been collectors of D56 for almost 30 years. Our collections include Halloween, Dickens, North Pole, Christmas in the City and many bits of other collections including Harry Potter and Jack Daniels. Over the past year, we have also started doing some rehabbing of some pieces we no longer display and truly enjoy the adventure of creating something new to us!!!! We have enjoyed attending many gatherings, and meeting so many fellow collectors. We have used many of the ideas presented in the seminars in both our large displays and the ever more frequent vignettes! Barry and I were Collectors of the Year in 2018, much to our great surprise and absolute delight!

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NCC Regional Representatives
Region 1

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

Penny Miller

Penny Miller
Penny and her husband Randy have been collecting Department 56 items since 1990. It all started when they bought Snowbabies for a friend. They soon began collecting North Pole and then expanded with their own Snowbabies collection. Penny helped form the Pioneer Valley 56ers and was a member of the North Shore Village Association. She followed Alice Webb as NCC Club Representative for Our 56 Club and remains in that position. She previously served as Region 1 Representative and co-chaired the2013 Northeast Harvest Gathering. From 2003 thru 2013, Penny wrote “Party Line” / “Through the Clubs’ Windows” for the NCC Bulletin and Club Connection newsletters. She also served as NCC Webmaster for many years. Additionally, she has served as an officer in many local civic and charitable organization.
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.

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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


Thelma McKenzie

Thelma McKenzie
Thelma has been collecting D56 items since she started with the Dickens’ Village “Original 7” in 1985. Over the years she added items from various figurine lines and many pieces from all other villages. While active in two Illinois clubs, she served as the NCC Region 5 Rep for two terms. She currently is a member of two Florida clubs and an Internet club. Having attended 36 gatherings since 1992 and numerous other D56 related events, she treasures the friends she has made from one coast to the other.
Region 5


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.
Region 6

Canada - Manitoba

Debbie Oehme

Debbie Oehme
I bought my first Alpine Village piece because it reminded me of our travels to Bavaria. At the Dept 56 25th Anniversary gathering in St Paul, I realized this wasn’t just a cute ceramic house, it was the beginning of an addiction. I got connected with the Northern Lights Collectors Club, and gleefully expanded my collection. I’ve held the club positions of President, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Club NCC Rep.
Region 7


Billy Edwards

Billy Edwards
Billy bought his first three Snow Village pieces after Christmas in 1989 to go with two old Marx 027 gauge electric trains from his childhood. He now collects all villages and anything else with a Department 56 label. He and Sharon attended the Bachman Gatherings starting in 1992. They joined the Oklahoma Village Collectors Club in Tulsa in 1992. Then after attending a NCC seminar in 1993 at Bachman's, he came home and started the Air Cap 56ers a week later in Wichita. He has served as its President, NCC Representative, and Newsletter Editor. He was active on the *Prodigy Dept 56 online Bulletin Board and helped set up its first chat session. He served as the first NCC Region 7 Representative, and again from 2012-2015. He enjoys the "hunt" and plans trips and vacations around Dept. 56 dealers.
Region 8


Dan Crossland

Dan, first and foremost, is an avid collector of Snow Village Halloween. Since the purchase of Grimsley Manor in 1999 he has amassed a substantial collection. Not only is his collection large but his displays are equally sizable. He has been a member of the Oklahoma Village Collectors Club since 2009 when he was “discovered” by fellow members at the San Antonio Gathering. Dan has served as President of the OVCC since 2016 and is currently also the NCC representative.
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


Rosie Hurtado

Rosie Hurtado
I been collecting for a little over 30 years. I am a wife, mother of 5, grandmother and a Child Day Care specialist. I run a 24 hour Day Care facility for children up to 13 years old. Due to covid19 we are servicing children of Essential families only. I work with the State of California First 5 and Impact families. I also have 17 years of Fraud Investigations prior to running my Day Care. My passion and obsession are coffee, family and Small porcelain Villages. I adore small building and accessories that help create something fun and amazing. My small town displays are riddled with of much color, fantasy and fun. They fill my Daycare children's eyes and minds with whimsical adventures. My displays take me back to my childhood memories of playing with little houses and dolls. They provide me with stress release, feeling of nostalgia and happiness. I am honored to have been chosen as NCC Regional Representative and plan on being the best I can be for my Region.
International Regional Representative
Maddie Pimenta

Michele Brown
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.
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.

Ms Quilt Town

NCC Advisory Council

Tom Iacoviello

Tom 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).
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
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.
Zoom Coordinator

Chad Harmon

Chad Harmon and his wife, Melissa, have been collecting North Pole and Halloween since 2012. After seeing a display at Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, MI a few years earlier, Melissa finally allowed him to start collecting once they moved to Long Island. In 2013, they joined the Heritage Treasures Collectors Club of Long Island where Chad has served as the club Vice President for the last few years. In 2020, he also joined the California 56 Collectors and Central Valley 56 Collectors after they started meeting on Zoom and serves as a technical resource for the clubs.
New Club Liaison

Nancy Mattson

Nancy Mattson

The New Club Liaison works with inquiries into forming a new club. They follow up on leads, provide assistance with information and support necessary to get the club organized. They also 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. The New Club Liaison works with and mentors 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.

Membership Chair

Robin Hervey

It all began with a stop to the local Hallmark Store in 1995 to pick out a birthday card. There, in front of him, began what has become his most cherished hobby…ever! That first Department 56 piece, Snow Village’s ’Skate and Ski ’ shop and 27 years of a ‘just one more’ mentality, has been pure joy for not only him but Robin’s family and friends. It has been the traditional gathering spot for many years of holiday parties surrounding his permanent display.

Robin has been a member of the California 56 Collectors since 1995 and is the current president, serving with an outstanding group of members who guide this club, in both physical and Zoom formats. He is happy to be serving in this NCC capacity which looks at membership as the vehicle for enhancing both established and new club’s missions.

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Associate Member Coordinator

Jeffery Kirchner

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.
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.

       Judith Price's Memory Book

The NCC presented Judith Price with a Memory Book in honor of her retirement at the NCC Dickens Festival at the Chicago Gathering April 23rd. The book is 98 pages of pictures, cards and letters arranged by region. It will certainly serve to spark special memories of the many club members and good times as she traveled the country meeting collectors during her 15 years with Department 56 as Ms. Lit-Town.
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.

2020 Collector of the year
Robin Hervey
Robin Hervey (right) with club member Patrick.

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.

2020 President's Awards
2020 Presidents award 1 Pete Baer

Pete kept the website humming along and was instrumental in setting up the registration and voting aspects of the Virtual Mini-Gathering.
2020 Presidents award 2 Judy Severance

Judy kept all of us connected with the NCC Club Connection and put together our marketing materials for our first-ever Virtual Mini-Gathering.
2018 President's Awards
2018 Presidents award 1
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