Patrons 2023


Become an Sustaining Patron

Join with others in bringing the world of ideas to San Miguel. Now in its 4th season (after a 3-year Covid hiatus), is fast becoming a San Miguel institution, bringing prominent public intellectuals to a local stage to present on topics embracing health, the environment, politics, economics, Mexico issues, and more.

Patrons enjoy preferred seating at all presentations, plus invitations to exclusive “Patrons only” events—a chance to get up close and personal with presenters and other Patrons, plus our annual Patrons Brunch—for yourself and a guest. (Note: event ticket price not included in Patron benefits.)

Putting on events is costly, with speaker honoraria and travel, event promotion and production, and more. Patrons provide a significant portion of our budget. The Conversations with Big Thinkers speaker series simply would not be possible without you!

Your $300 USD donation entitles you to Patron privileges for the entire season. Payment may be made by PayPal using the button below. (If you prefer to pay by check or cash, please email Gary at


Steering Committee:

Gary Belkin
Tina Bueche
Carol Graham
Pat Harding
Rob Lerner
Lisa Muhn
Susan Page
Diane Varney

 Sustaining Patrons (2023-2024)

Miriam & Manuel Alcala
Gary Belkin & Edward Tudor
Gregg & Karen Blackburn
Helen Boehning
Hope Boland
Hope Bradbury
Lawrence & Suzanna Dworsky
Luisa Field
Mary Finley
Leni Garetson
Eleanor Goodwin & David Garrity
Carol Graham
Linda Hampton
Bill & Pat Harding
Melissa Hirsch
Carol Jackson
Karen Johnson
Keith Johnson
Margo Johnson
Cathy Kruchko
Linda Lane
Carol Latta
Amy Lautin
Robert Lerner & Diane Varney
Bill LeVasseur
Peter & Melinda Lucas
Nonnie & Ed Markeset
Tom & Bonnie McCloskey
Alex MacLeod & Willie Williams
John McLeod
Allen & Morgan Morton
Jerry O’Brien & Dennis Powell
Susan Page
Hope Palmer & Dirk Bakker
Victoria Pierce
Anthony and Perdonna Pisano
Woody & Laura Rea
Helen Rivas-Rose
Thomas & Victoria Schneider
Honey Sharp & David Lippman
Bill Spence & Sue Edelstein
Kathy Sulkes
Tim Sullivan
Dr. Gail Tobey
Terry & Chris Weathers
Jerry White & Cyprienne Simchowitz

Founding Patrons:

Tina Bueche
Linda Conetta & Michael Ormsby
Helen Corcoran
King & Phyllis Culp
Jo Curtis
Martha Donnelly
Alice Eilers
Barbara & Gunnar Erickson
Gloria & Jerry Fastrup
Brigham Golden & Lynn Rawden
Eleanor Goodwin & David Garrity
Jack Goodwin & Ruth Kaplan
Judith Hadlock
Linda Hampton
Heather Hanley
Miguel Kelly & Ivonne Ruiz
Carol Latta
Rob Lerner & Diane Varney
Adele MacArthur
Kathleen Mann
Nonnie & Ed Markeset
Mike & Marti McGinnis
Christine McReynolds
Martin O’Malley
Susan Page & Mayer Shacter
Woody & Laura Rea
Paul Roach & Connie Early
Thomas & Victoria Schneider
Emily Severinsen
Honey Sharp & David Lippman
Linda Simon
Rachel Stratford & Mark Stout
Joan Strouse & Bill Greenfield
Kathy Sulkes
Tim Sullivan
Frank Thoms
Maia Williams & Wyman Rousseau
Bill & Jackie Wilson
John Wolff & Helle Szkobel
Anne Zim

Past Patron Events