The 100 Women Who Care SMA Chapter was founded by five friends (Jody Feagan, Susan Page, Marty Kimmel, Alicia Garcia & Kathy Devine) who wanted to make a difference in the beloved place they call home, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. All are busy women with many irons in the fire and accomplishments to their name, but the simple, easy way in which 100 Women Who Care positively impacts a community appealed to them. They quickly got organized and in February 2013 they held their first meeting with over 50 women in attendance and raised $37,000 pesos in one hour. The steering committee members have changed over the years but the goal remains the same – to make a positive impact for those in need in our community in the quickest, most efficient way possible!
This is our current steering committee for 100 Women Who Care in San Miguel:
Ester Bailey’s 35-year career in sales, marketing and non profit marked her professional career in Seattle, WA. Upon retirement, Ester and her husband moved to San Miguel de Allende in March, 2017. Activities in SMA include volunteering at The San Miguel Writers Conference and finding opportunities so support events and organizations throughout the year.
Jody Feagan is the founder and former director of the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference and Literary Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she lived for 10 years, raising her three children. Jody currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she has also co-founded 100 Women Who Care in Santa Fe. She maintains the 100 Women Who Care in SMA website and handles the email notifications.
Alice Garcia (bio to come)
Marty Kimmel, a resident of both San Francisco and San Miguel de Allende, is the founder and president of Paisley Palace, an interior décor home accessory and antique textile line. She is an artist and craftswoman, creating works in bronze, oil, paper and ceramics. She previously designed a high-end children’s clothing line and held sales executive positions for several clothing manufacturers. Marty has participated in a bilingual literacy program for elementary school children in Las Vegas. Her two grown children live in California.
Susan Page is the Director of the San Miguel Literary Sala and the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival. She conducted innovative workshops for couples for twenty-two years before moving to San Miguel in 2004, and is the author of five books about relationships. She and her husband, Mayer Shacter, own Galeria Atotonilco, a showroom of Mexican folk art and country antiques.
Vicky Short (bio to come)
Kathleen Devine’s 30-year career in sales, marketing and human resources included the positions of District Mgr., Exec. Recruiter, and V. P. with Bank of America. She was also a Founding Board Member of the Friends of the L. A. City Commission on the Status of Women. She and her husband have resided in San Miguel de Allende for 10 years. Activities in SMA include Literary Sala Steering Committee Member, Democrats Abroad Ex Com , Shakespeare Readers, Audubon, yoga and tennis. Kathleen presently serves as President of Mujeres en Cambio.