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Board of Directors

Gordon Peery

Gordon Peery


Gordon first connected with Peterborough when he worked as a chef at the newly founded Folkway Restaurant and Coffeehouse in 1975. He became involved with the Peterborough Historical Society during The Folkway Remembered exhibit and concert serieis in 2009 – 2010. Gordon’s eclectic professional portfolio includes (in addition to being a chef), a landscaper, carpenter, music teacher, magazine publishing executive, freelance writer, marketing consultant,  and web site designer. He currently works part time as business manager for Our Town Landscaping in Hancock. He is well known as a contra dance piano player; has played at contra dances all over the US and has contributed to several recordings of contra dance music.

Lorraine Walker

Vice President

Lorraine grew up in Peterborough. She and her 4 siblings helped in the family business that consisted of home milk delivery and their ice cream stand in South Peterborough (current home of the Pizza Barn). After college Lorraine taught middle and high school math for 14 years in the ConVal school district. She’s currently the Math Program Manager for SDE and spends her time developing and writing math products and trainings. She and her husband Butch live on Pine St.


Joanne McGovernJoanne McGovern

Joanne McGovern is a Business Banker with People’s United Bank and has been with company for 17 years.  She has lived in New Ipswich for 25 years with her husband Roger.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening and spending time with her 4 grandchildren.   She is as Secretary/Treasurer on the board of the Contoocook Housing Trust.


Russell BastedoRussell Bastedo

Russell joins the  Board of Directors after serving on our Advisory Board. with a long career as museum and historical society director and curator at a number of organizations, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Stamford (CT) Historical Society, and the Connecticut River Museum. Most recently he worked as NH State Curator at the NH Division of Historical Resources. He has been extensively published. Current activities are serving as vice president of the  Wentworth Coolidge Commission (Portsmouth NH); curator at the Dublin Historical Society; and Incorporator of Historic Harrisville.



Kitty Cloud

Kitty CloudKitty Bass Cloud was born and brought up in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  After attending the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts,  she lived for many years in Boston and Woods Hole, Ma.  During that time she developed a passion for pastel.  Working in the colorist tradition she specialized in landscapes of New Hampshire, Cape Cod and Maine.  In 2013 she and her husband, Larry Cloud retired back to Peterborough.

Flossie Junkala

Flossie Junkala

Flossie  grew up in the Monadnock region and now resides in Henniker. She has a B.A. in US History from New England College.  She stays busy with being the General Manager of a McDonalds, raising her two little girls, and restarting her path to her Doctorate in US History.  She can’t wait to see what the Monadnock Center will grow into and is excited to be part of the process.

James Kelly

James received his BA from DePauw University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has 36 years of world-wide consulting experience as co-founder and CEO of the Mac group, originator of its European, African and Asian businesses and subsequently  Chairman of Gemini Consulting, as well as 12 years in private consulting practice. Through this experience he is an expert in the management and transformation of multinational organisations and the strategic management of professional , financial , educational and charitable organisations. He has written numerous books and articles, was chair of the annual conference of the Strategic Management Society., and has served on 7 corporate boards of directors. Having semi-retired to Peterborough, NH, James is working with many non-profit organizations.  He is currently on the board of Mariposa Museum, and the Low Carbon Enterprise Foundation, on an advisory board for ConVal school, a member of the Peterborough Masterplan and Capital Improvements Program committes, and a Rotary and Chamber of Commerce member.


Bryanne Kingsbury_1Bryanne Kingsbury

Bry Kingsbury grew up in the Spofford, NH area and now resides with her husband, Bryan, in Harrsiville, NH.  Bry attended the University of San Francisco where she graduated with a degree in International Studies with an Economics Emphasis. After returning to the East Coast in 2009, living and working in Boston at a clinical software & research company, Bry and Bryan decided to settle in Harrisville amongst friends and family.  Currently an Insurance & Business Solutions Advisor with Clark-Mortenson Insurance; Bry is an alumni of the 2014 Leadership Monadnock program and has been honored as a 2014 Trendsetter by Monadnock Business Magazine.

Liz Lawler

Liz Lawler

Liz grew up in Dublin and now lives in Hancock with her wonderful dog, Maggie with whom she takes lots of hikes on the trails in this beautiful area.  She has taught at Antrim Elementary school for the past four years and loves seeing her students make discoveries about the world around them.  This is her first year serving on the board of the Historical Society and she is really enjoying learning new things about the place she grew up and calls home.



Andy McDonaldAndy MacDonald

Andrew  was drawn to the Board by his strong interests in the genealogy and history of the New England states, Scotland and England.  Andrew has been a member of the Monadnock community since 2000 and a resident of Peterborough since 2004 where he lives with his wife and daughters.  Professionally, Andrew was trained as a Physical Therapist.  His interests lead him to a Masters in Management at New England College and an administrative position at Monadnock Community Hospital in 2000.  He currently works with departments such as Radiology, Lab, Planning and the Bond Wellness Center.  Andrew proudly recalls his participation in the design and start-up of the Center and is a ten year member himself. Aside from his passion for genealogy, other hobbies include photography and wine tasting.


Tracy MesserTracy Messer

Tracy has held leadership positions with a number of state and local historical societies and currently serves as the New Hampshire chapter coordinator of the Association of Personal Historians. In honor of the 275th anniversary of the Town of Peterborough, he has developed a new mobile app walking tour of the downtown area, Explore “Our Town” (peterborough.toursphere.com). Tracy lives in Peterborough, with his wife and their teenaged son and daughter.



Heather McKernanHeather McKernan

Heather McKernan has been publisher of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript for 18 years and has served on several nonprofit boards including the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University, The River Center, The Family Center and the Community Prevention Coalition.



Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders

Richard and his wife Holly moved to Peterborough in 1966 both teaching music in the local schools including Jaffrey and Rindge.  They raised their three children here and feel fortunate that their children were able to grow up in such a fine environment. Upon graduation from Stevens High School in Claremont Dick served four years as a member of the USAF Headquarters Command Band in Washington, DC.  Following his service there he received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University and a Masters from UNH. He was hired as Director of Music for the Conval School District in 1970 and spent the rest of his career teaching both at Conval High School and South Meadow School. Both he and Holly have a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of our area and also feel very fortunate that we have the many varied cultural opportunities available for all who live here.