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About our Staff

Community People making an Impact

Margaret Nelson

Margaret Nelson

Executive Director

About Margaret

Margaret has been Executive Director of The River Center since 2010. She has a background in human resources, marketing, teaching, and managing volunteers. She and her husband have called Dublin their home since 1992. They have launched three daughters and now have two sons-in-law and five grandchildren She and Dave love to hike, kayak, and camp in as many National Parks as possible.

Bonnie Harris

Bonnie Harris

Parent Educator

About Bonnie

“My child is having a problem, not being a problem!”

Bonnie Harris, M.S.Ed has designed and taught parenting workshops and has counseled parents for twenty five years. She received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York City. Bonnie founded The Parent Guidance Center, now The River Center, in 1990 and she is also the Director of Connective Parenting. In her spare time, Bonnie loves to spend time with her family including her 3 grandchildren, get together with friends, practice yoga, and travel.

Fun fact: Bonnie was a professional actress in NYC before becoming a parent educator!

Kelli Tourgee

Kelli Tourgee

Home Visitor & Parent Educator

About Kelli

“I love my work with The River Center. I like meeting new people and supporting young families.”

Kelli began working with FACT and The Family Center in 1998. Her years of experience working with children and families benefits the home visiting work and parent education. Before coming on board, she worked at Peterborough Elementary School as 1:1 aide and she was a home daycare provider. She works with all age groups – from infants in the home visiting program to parents and young children in Farm to Table and the Jaffrey parenting group to tweens and teens in Safe Sitter. She loves working with people! ​

Fun Fact: Kelli loves to go clamming in Rhode Island!

Mackenzie Nichols

Mackenzie Nichols

Home Visitor & Children's Teacher

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is one of our home visitors on the Early Home Support team and is a strong advocate of home visiting for all. She also has been a lactation advisor, a postpartum doula and an LNA. She loves adventuring with her husband, son and daughter with another one on the way!

Fun Fact: She is a trained pastry chef

Amanda Carter

Amanda Carter

Information & Referral Specialist / Kinship Navigator

About Amanda

Mandy is our newest staff member and she is our resident Community Resources Specialist and Kinship Navigator. She lives in Peterborough with her husband and 2 kids She enjoys the beach, fishing, and crafts.

Nicole Daniels

Nicole Daniels

Children's Teacher

About Nicole

“Today is your day…” – Dr. Seuss

​Nicole joins The River Center staff with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She loves working with children and seeing their creativity bloom, making her a perfect fit as the children’s teacher in programs iike the Jaffrey Parent and Child group. With her husband, son and daughter, she enjoys kayaking, bike riding, and playing outside. 

Fun Fact:

Nisa Simila

Nisa Simila

Communications Specialist/Money Matters Coordinator

About Nisa

“The River Center has enriched my life in so many ways. I hope other families can benefit from what The River Center has to offer as much as mine has!”

Nisa originally hails from the Canadian prairies and was a speech-language pathologist in another life. In her role as Communications Coordinator, she gets the word out about our programs and organization. As Money Matters Coordinator, Nisa oversees the free tax prep program and money coaching. She lives in Peterborough with her family and dog.

Fun Fact: Nisa has her motorcycle endorsement and rides a Vespa!

Shannon McNamara

Shannon McNamara

Program Director

About Shannon

Shannon is our Program Director overseeing the family support programs. She stepped into the role in the middle of the pandemic! She divides her time between NH and DC with her family.

Sue Whitaker

Sue Whitaker

Data Coordinator

About Sue

Sue originally started out as our Information and Referral/Administrative Specialist, but she now holds the role of Data Coordinator. She keeps track of all that we do and coordinates donor efforts.


Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce 2017 Not-For-Profit of the Year Winner

Designated by the New Hampshire Wellness and Primary Prevention Council as a Family Resource Center of Quality

Th Monadnock United Way     SaveYourRefund Champion of the Year      New Hampshire Charitable Foundation



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