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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 who live in Kigali, Rwanda and Durham, NC. She is honing her skills in long distance communication! She and Dave love to hike, kayak, snowshoe, bike, and camp in as many National Parks as possible.

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Bookkeeper

About Karen

"The River Center is awesome!"

Karen has worked for many Peterborough businesses during her last 45 years of living in the Monadnock Region, including two consulting firms, a law firm, Peggy Cappy Enterprises and other small businesses. She began working for The River Center in December of 2009, and the newly merged entity as of March 1, 2010. During this time, she also volunteered in many capacities including being the Treasurer of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter for six years, and a certified tax preparer for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program for 8 of the last 11 years. ​

Fun Fact: Karen is a vegan and she talks to her plants.

Penelope Bielagus

Penelope Bielagus

Development Assistant

About Penelope

"I like knowing that my work has a direct impact on the community."

Penelope joined The River Center staff in the fall of 2015, first as a children's teacher in the enrichment programs and currently as development assistant, using her experience in the planned giving department at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and coordinating the alumni annual giving fund at St. John's College in Santa Fe. ​

Fun Fact: Penelope and her husband lived in France for 2 years before settling down in NH.

Sheila Ellis

Sheila Ellis

Administrative Support

About Sheila

"It's nice to see results that can change someone's life in a helping way."

Sheila is the friendly face you may see at the front desk or the warm voice that answers the phone whether you are looking for information and resources or wanting to schedule a tax appointment. She has a diverse background in healthcare, banking, phone sales and administrative support. You can tell from her history that she enjoys working with people!

Fun Fact: Sheila plays a mean game of cribbage!

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. She has worn several hats at The River Center - first as a parent, then a children's teacher and now she coordinates communications and the volunteer tax program. Outside of her work at The River Center, she has also been a PTO secretary and VP, been part of 2 winning Spelling Bee teams, and has been a Girl Scout troop leader.

Fun Fact: NH was Nisa's least favorite New England state on a road trip with friends when she was young and free.

Wendy Hill

Wendy Hill

Parent Educator/Early Home Support Program Supervisor

About Wendy

"Being a parent is the biggest job we have. Thorough the joys and challenges, I enjoy supporting parents through this journey."

Wendy has an extensive background in working with families and children of all ages, as an educator and consultant. She has been running family programs and is the clinical supervisor for the home visiting program since 2004. Previously, she developed the first guidance counseling program at the Peterborough Elementary School in the ConVal School District. When she's not at The River Center, Wendy also maintains a private counseling practice.

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! ktourgee@rivercenter.us ​

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

Ryan Montano

Ryan Montano

Parent Educator

About Ryan

Ryan joined The River Center in the summer of 2016 and since then she has led a number of programs here, including the popular Tuesday Topics. She cites "impacting the community" as what she loves about her work here. Before coming on board, she worked as a researcher at Dartmouth College while raising a young family. Last, but certainly not least, Ryan also works full-time as a pediatric nurse.

Carrie Requa

Carrie Requa

Children's Teacher

About Carrie

"I like working with such a supportive and friendly staff."

Carrie first came to The River Center as a parent bringing her children to the programs here, but in May 2017 she joined the staff as a teacher in the children's enrichment program. She has also led Tunes for Tots and the Blended Families group. With a young family of her own, Carrie also found time to complete her Master's degree in Education this past year.

Kristen Ramey

Kristen Ramey

Children's Teacher

About Kristen

Kristen is our newest addition to The River Center staff. She first became acquainted with the organization when she joined the Parent Advisory Committee, but when a position opened up, we wooed her and here she is.

Fun Fact: Kristen was the top NH female finisher in the 2017 Boston Marathon.

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

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OPENING HOURS

MON – THU
9:00am – 2:00pm
FRI - SUN
We are closed

ADDRESS & CONTACT

9 Vose Farm Road
Peterborough, NH 03458

info@rivercenter.us
Tel: 603-924-6800
Fax: 603-924-2159

OPENING HOURSADDRESS & CONTACT

MON – THU

9:00am – 2:00pm


FRI - SUN

We are closed

9 Vose Farm Road

Peterborough, NH 03458


info@rivercenter.us

Tel: 603-924-6800

Fax: 603-924-2159

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