NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE SOCIETIES

Dedicated to education and cultural exchange.

The National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) is the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for state and territorial societies in the national capital area. At one time or another, all 50 states have had active societies as well as the District of Columbia and our 5 territories: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and CNMI.

NCSS plays a unique role in the National Cherry Blossom Festival® by sponsoring a series of events that highlight educational and cultural exchange programs for The Cherry Blossom Princess Program - "Aspiring Leadership and Empowering Young Women" who are college students or young professionals selected by state/territorial societies and embassies to represent them. Today the festival is a cooperative effort of many organizations including the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., the Mayor’s office, the National Park Service, the Japan America Society of Washington DC, and NCSS, just to mention a few.

Leadership

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President   
Pete Berlowitz
NE       
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1st VP and     
Events Chair    
      Allie Nelson    
MT         
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2nd VP and State  Society Liaison    Gary Deverman  
IL            
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Treasurer   
Aylene Mafnas
VA       
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Secretary   
Lou Barrett  
GU       
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Resource         Development Chair
Mary O'Donovan  
WI            

 
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 Communications  Director       
Diana Tappert   
MD           
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Past President
Bill Christian 
TX         
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Honorary Chair for International Affairs Akiko Keene      

Event Chairs / Coordinators

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Princess Program
Gigi Galbraith  
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JR. Princess Program
  
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Lantern Lighting
Akiko Keene  
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Grand Ball
Olivia Cox
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Parade      
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Congressional
Reception   
 
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Fashion Show
Teri Galvez  
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Sakura Matsuri
  
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Program Guide
Jennifer Erwin
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Photographer
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Volunteer Coord.
Allie Nelson   
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Military Liaison
Pete Camit   
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Silent Auction 
Suzanne New