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
(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.

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Past Presidents

More than eighty years of exceptional leaders to thank—for their dedication, organization, insight, and vision in regards to 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

Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event, featuring Salman Khan: One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. Tuesday, November 11, 2020. William Saroyan Theater. Lecture at 7:30pm. VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Evening event ticket orders can not be processed by mail. Please purchase your reserved seats through the Ticketmaster link on our website (Ticketmaster fees apply). No additional fees will be charged if purchased in person at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office: 700 ”M“ Street, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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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.


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.

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