Nominating Committee Selects Slate for 2009 Election

In accordance with Article V, Section 2, of the Society By-Laws, the Nominating Committee for the 2009 United States Stamp Society election, consisting of Denise Stotts (Chairperson), C. David Eeles, and Robert G. Rufe, has submitted a slate of nominees to serve as Officers and Governors.  They will serve a three year term running from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2012.

In addition to the members running for Chairman, President, Vice President, and Secretary, nine members have been nominated for the Board of Governors, one of whom will be running for the first time.  The Treasurer, Editor, and Executive Secretary are not elected, but rather are paid employees of the Society appointed by the Board.

The election ballots will be included with the annual dues mailing in the Fall.  The Executive Secretary will then tabulate the ballots and report the results to the membership.

A brief background of each of the nominees is presented below.


Chairman – Roger S. Brody has served as Governor of the United States Stamp Society since 1994 and has been Board Chairman since 1998.  He is past Chairman of the Series 1902 committee.  He collects U.S. postage and revenue stamps, his particular interests being color varieties, the Series 1902, and Prominent American and Great Americans regular issues.  Additional U.S. interests include postal history, coils, booklets and airmail stamps.  Foreign interests include British North America and Bermuda.  As an exhibitor, Brody has received Gold and Grand awards and was the 1996 recipient of the Hopkinson Trophy.  He has written articles for The United States Specialist, Collectors Club Philatelist, Linn’s Stamp News, Perfins Bulletin, The Vermont Philatelist and PF Opinions VII.  He has won the USSS’s Hopkinson Memorial Literature Award twice and the 2007 APS Luff Award for research.  He also serves as president of The Collectors Club, New York, and is president of the APRL and a member of the National Postal Museum’s advisory Council of Philatelists.

President – Nicholas A. Lombardi of Mountainside, New Jersey is currently the President of the Society and has served in that position since 2004.  Prior to that he had served a three year term as a Governor from 2001 through 2003.  He is also the Chairman of the Second Bureau Issue Committee.

Nick is a Vice President of the American Philatelic Society and also the President of the Westfield (NJ) Stamp Club.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of NOJEX and the Board of Governors of the Collectors Club.  In addition, he is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and a member of the AAPE, the ATA, the NJPHS, the NPM, RMPL and the USPCS.

He collects U.S. stamps and postal history with a special interest in the Second Bureau Issue and registered mail.  He is a Gold/Grand exhibitor and won the Hopkinson Trophy in 2000.  He has also authored a number of articles for The Specialist and was the 2005 winner of the Hopkinson Memorial Literature Award.  His articles have also appeared in The Collectors Club Philatelist and The Philatelic Exhibitor.

Vice President – Jeffrey Shapiro of Marlborough, Massachusetts has been collecting stamps since he was eight years old.  After discovering girls, he took a break from his stamp albums, but re-established his collecting in his mid- twenties, which slowly evolved into philatelic interests centering on U.S. Twentieth Century Postal History.  Enjoyment of these specialties has led Jeff to both Gold medal exhibiting and philatelic writing.

Besides memberships in four Boston-area stamp clubs and a variety of national philatelic organizations, Jeff is currently the Vice President of the United States Stamp Society and Chairman of the Prexie Era Study Group.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Spellman Philatelic Museum and the Northeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs.  For the past 12 years, Jeff has served as the Chairperson of “Philatelic Show,” an American Philatelic Society (APS) “Champion of Champions” qualified show, and the largest stamp show and exhibit in New England.  Jeff has been a member of the American Philatelic Society for 25 years and has been an accredited national philatelic judge since February, 2000.

In addition, Jeff has a Masters of Public Administration Degree (NYU ’74) and has 20 years management experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Secretary – Joann Lenz resides in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  She is currently the Secretary of the Society and was recently reelected as a Director at Large of the American Philatelic Society.  She collects mint stamps of the USA and Germany; her prime interest is in U.S. postal history usages from the Liberty era to date.  She also has an avid interest in dummy/test stamps, postal counterfeits and new postal innovations including the developments of personalized U.S. postage.  Her specific stamp and postal history specialty is the 6¢ Theodore Roosevelt of the Liberty series.  In addition, she has two single-frame exhibits that have won Grand awards and a new single-frame exhibit of BEP Dummy material up to the late 1950s.  Her articles for The Specialist have concentrated on Dummy/Testing material.

Governor – Frank Braithwaite is a self-employed contractor who lives with his wife and two children in Smithtown, New York.  He has been a collector for 30 years and a member of the APS and USSS for more than 15 years.  Currently a member of the Second Bureau issue committee, he also assists Bob Toth with the exhibits on CD for the USSS.  He is a board member of the Empire State Postal History Society and the Federation of New York Philatelic Societies.  His collecting interests include Long Island postal history and the 13¢ Benjamin Harrison stamp of 1902.

Governor – Doug D’Avino currently serves as a member of the USSS Board of Governors and Chairman of the Marginal Markings Committee.  He has collected U.S. stamps for over 50 years and specializes in siderographer and plate finisher initials on Washington-Franklins.  He has been a member of APS since 1974 and is also a member of APNSS and NJPHS.  Doug has authored numerous articles for The United States Specialist and other philatelic publications.  Doug and his wife reside in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Governor – Paul Jenkins is an Idaho native.  He and his wife, Loa have four children.  He is a film and video producer.  His work has appeared on the Discovery Channel, E!, Learning Channel EPCOT Center, and network television.  He has served on several boards, including School Board Trustee and Chairman, Red Cross, Crimestoppers, Rotary, Advertising Federation, and even on the Sewer Board.  He is also a member of the Academy of Magical Arts, Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and International Quorum of Film Producers.  Paul was the past chair of the Liberty Series Study Group and has three prior terms as USSS Board member.

Governor – Kim Johnson lives in Champaign, Illinois and together with his wife Julie owns Westville Homes, a manufactured home sales center.  He has been active in the USSS for over 35 years since assuming the Plate Number Checklist Committee from Bill Patten in the mid-1970s and has edited the 2000 and 2005 editions of the Durland Standard Plate Number Catalog and assisted editor Wallace Cleland on the 2008 edition.  He coordinates the monthly report of new plate numbers that appears in The Specialist.  He is also a member of the American Philatelic Society.

Governor – Rodney A. Juell, of Joliet, Illinois, has served two terms on the USSS Board of Governors.  He is chair of the Recruiting Committee and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting.  A collector since childhood, he is also a member of numerous other philatelic organizations including the APS, and is president of the Philatelic Club of Will County.  His primary collecting interest is the Series of 1922.  A Lutheran pastor, married with two adult sons, he is the Director of Pastoral Care at a regional medical center.

Governor – Mike Lampson of Charlotte, North Carolina is webmaster for the USSS website, a member of the Dummy Stamps Study Group and a current member of the Board of Governors.  He is a member of several U.S.-related specialty societies and an APS member since the age of sixteen.  Mike serves locally as librarian for the Charlotte Philatelic Society and is exhibit chairman for the CHARPEX stamp show.  Mike’s collecting interests include dummy stamps, Ohio postal history, auxiliary markings and many other areas.

Governor – James H. Patterson is Chairman of the Society’s Essay-Proof Committee.  He received the Society’s Hopkinson Award for Literature in 1998 for a series of articles about the design and engraving of the Famous Americans Series of 1940 and has written other articles for The Specialist about design and engraving.  In 1994, he was inducted into the Arizona State Philatelic Hall of Fame.  He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and practices law with a Phoenix firm, where he specializes in commercial real estate development and financing.  His collecting interests include the 1938 “Eagle” airmail stamp and the postal history of nonmailable items.

Governor – Steven J. Rod of South Orange, New Jersey has been a USSS member for 28 years, has served as Membership Chairman on the Board of Governors from 1986-1992, and has again been a Governor since 2006.  In 1987, he created the first full color membership brochure for the then BIA, by convincing the Board to spend the necessary funds on recruitment.  He has been a contributor to The Specialist and from 2003 to 2006 served as the volunteer co-editor of the Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting.  He is active in a number of philatelic groups and serves as Auction Manager of Westfield, NJ Stamp Club.  He received the very first BIA President’s Award, which awarded at LINPEX, in Lincoln NE, many years back, for his exhibit on The White Plains Souvenir Sheet.

Governor – Jay Stotts of Houston, Texas has served on the Boards of the BIA and the USSS since his appointment in 1991.  In June, 1992, the Board elected him to fill the vacated President’s position of the BIA.  He was re-elected to two additional terms and served as President through 1997.  In 2000, the Board appointed him to the vacated Presidency of the USSS and he was elected for one additional term, returning to the Board in 2003.

In 1989 Jay was a co-founder of the Fourth Bureau Issue Committee and currently serves as its Chairman.  He has won both the Hopkinson Literature and Exhibiting awards of the Society and has served as its annual show coordinator from 1991 through 2003.  He is an APS accredited national philatelic chief judge and served for eight years on the APS Accreditation Committee.  He has also served on the Boards of the Southwestern Philatelic Foundation and the Texas Philatelic Association.