About us

Who We Are

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall is a non-profit organization that is run by an all-volunteer board of directors. Our mission is to bring nationally and internationally renowned, thought-provoking speakers who inform, educate, and entertain our audience! We hope you’ll join us as we begin our 84th year of service to the Valley.

How to Contact Us

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall
P.O. Box 5149
Fresno, CA 93755-5149
valleytownhall@gmail.com
(559) 444-2180


Our Board of Directors

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall is managed and maintained by an all-volunteer, 25-member board of directors.

President: Jonica Bushman
Executive Vice President Mark Benscheidt
Vice President, Program: Maren Nielsen & Katie Driskill
Vice President, Marketing: Mark Benscheidt
Secretary: Pauline Sahakian
Chief Financial Officer: Allison Alexander


Susan Anderson
Lynn Baldwin
Shirley Bruegman
Wendy Carroll
Nene Casares
Nora Chapman
Melissa Der Manouel
Paul Dyer
Jane Fortune
Gary Gladding

Judy Gregerson
Deborah Ikeda
Jeanette Ishii
Pam Kallsen
Joyce Kierejczyk
Janice Maroot
Rebecca Patel
Sandy Stroup
Irene Wiegand


Town Hall Ambassadors

The board is complimented by our Town Hall Ambassadors, a dedicated group of volunteer supporters that provides a vital link between Town Hall and Valley communities.

Learn More

Learn more about Valley Town Hall

Past Presidents

More than eighty years of exceptional leaders to thank—for their dedication, organization, insight, and vision in maintaining the vision and developing the reach of the San Joaquin Valley lecture series.

List of past presidents


Community Advisors

Eleanor Beil
Elizabeth Laval
John McGregor
Howard Watkins

Featured Lecture Sponsors

Generous Anonymous Patron

The Frances F. Ermoian Memorial Lecture

Annette & Bob Smittcamp

Educational Employees Credit Union

Sharon Hanley Lecture

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant

Bernice and Jack Woolf Lecture

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The Events


Be sure to come out to hear our nationally and internationally renowned, thought-provoking speakers who inform, educate, and entertain our audience! All daytime lectures are held at the beautiful William Saroyan Theatre located in the Fresno Convention Center.

Donate


Become a donor today and help continue the success of Valley Town Hall!

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Season Tickets


Admission to all six daytime lectures of the 2020-2021 season, plus one single-lecture guest ticket good for any one daytime lecture.

Get Season Tickets