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 85th 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: Katie Driskill
Vice President, Marketing: Mark Benscheidt
Secretary: Pauline Sahakian
Chief Financial Officer: Allison Alexander

Terry Allen
Susan Anderson
Shirley Bruegman
Wendy Carroll
Nora Chapman
Melissa Der Manouel
Jane Fortune
Cathy Frost
Judy Gregerson

Garry Griesser

Deborah Ikeda
Jeanette Ishii
Pam Kallsen
Joyce Kierejczyk
Elizabeth Laval
Janice Maroot
Rebecca Patel
Sandy Stroup
Cheryl Waterhouse

Town Hall Ambassadors

The board is complemented 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 maintaining the vision and developing the reach of the San Joaquin Valley lecture series.

List of past presidents

Community Advisors

Lynn Baldwin
Eleanor Beil
Janelle Dunn
John McGregor
Annette Paxton
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.


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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