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

Leadership

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President   
Pete Berlowitz
President   
Pete Berlowitz
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VP Festival Chair    
Athena Schritz      
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Treasurer   
Aylene Mafnas
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Secretary   
Lou Barrett  
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VP Internal  
Gary Deverman
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VP External    
Mary O'Donovan 
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VP Communications
Diana Tappert   
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Past President
Bill Christian 
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Honorary Chair for International Affairs Akiko Keene      

Event Chairs / Coordinators

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Princess Program
Gigi Galbraith  
JR. Princess Program
Morgan Doggett    
Lantern Lighting
Akiko Keene  
Grand Ball       
Olivia Cox and    
Maddie Meininger
Parade      
Teresa Downs  
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Congressional
Reception   
Elina Ahzi and Sarah Coward
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Kimono     Fashion Show
Teri Galvez  
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Sakura Matsuri
  
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Program Guide
Jennifer Erwin
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Photographer Gedalia Vera
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Volunteer Mgmt.
Allie Nelson and Nicole Neilson  
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Military Liaison
Pete Camit   
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Silent Auction 
Suzanne New 

National Conference of State Societies

P.O. Box 75541

Washington, DC 20013

Our Partners
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