The Hillsborough Community Center, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN-84-2449179), and was founded in 2019 by Becky Johnson. The vision of this regional community center is to provide a safe and welcoming space that serves to improve the health, education, and social opportunities of regional residents of all ages.
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Our plans are to build a facility that will include event space for 200-400 people, an indoor walking track, basketball court, fitness center, and exercise space, a professional kitchen, theater, swimming pool, a community garden, and outdoor exercise space for both children and adults. The Center support small businesses with incubator and meeting space. The Center will be used for community events, weddings, recitals, as a senior citizen meal site, and a place for children to learn, exercise, and have fun. Our multi-generational programs will be supported through grants, membership fees, and donations from residents and businesses.
The Center will be built in several phases. Phase I is to purchase land; Phase II begins construction on the heart of the Center; and Phase III is the construction of a swimming pool.
Board of Directors
Becky Johnson, Executive Director – Born and raised on the Central Coast of California, Becky’s first job was to serve as an assistant at the local community center. She moved to Southern Oregon and spent 15 years working in education and in the nonprofit sector. Becky moved to New Hampshire in 2005, and has worked for the State of New Hampshire at the Department of Revenue, Health & Human Services, and Fish & Game. Becky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and a Master’s degree in Professional Writing. She lives in Hillsboro with her husband and three children.
Audrey Bethel – Born and raised in Hillsboro originally, she is very interested in cultivating the community spirit. Audrey is a school counselor and special educator who helps to support her father’s local yoga studio on the side. She is an active member on the Solid Waste Advisory Board and enjoys talking about innovative ways to deal with trash. In her free time, she can be found outdoors or cooking vegetarian food.
John Bramley, Secretary – John Bramley is a Hillsboro resident and math teacher in district since 1998. John has served on many local organizations, including being on the board for the Community Action Team, the Fest and Fair Parade Committee, Hillsboro Reborn and the Hillsboro Community Center.
Ernest E. Gould, Jr., Fundraising Director – Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Gene moved to Hillsboro in 1987 after serving four years in the U.S. Navy. He has an Associate of Arts degree in theatre and a Bachelor’s degree in human services. Gene recently retired from OSRAM Sylvania after working there for 31 years. He’s a longtime member of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church and was a lay leader there for approximately 25 years. Gene is also on the Board of Directors for the food pantry, and has raised over $100,000 heading up the Feinstein and Hillsboro Challenge.
Cheryl Houston – A native New Englander, Cheryl was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, lived and worked as a Registered Nurse in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. In 1982, she began chiropractic studies in Davenport, Iowa. Since graduation, she has maintained a chiropractic practice, first in Massachusetts and currently in New Hampshire. She has served on several nonprofit boards and commissions. A Hillsboro resident, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband, adult children and her grandchildren.
E. Ann Poole, Chairperson – Ann is principal of a self-named ecological and environmental consulting firm specializing in habitat evaluations, natural area inventories and conservation planning in the northeast. She’s also a Justice of the Peace dba / Splendid Ceremonies. In that capacity, she’s performed scores of wedding ceremonies and vow renewals everywhere from mountain tops to antique Airstream travel trailers to hot-air balloons. When not tramping across the countryside or ‘tying the knot’, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their ‘fur family’.
Linda Stellato, Treasurer – Linda is a Hillsboro native with many ties to the community. She is a semi-retired proprietor of a business that she started in 1975 performing bookkeeping, accounting and office and temp services for small businesses. Linda has been treasurer, troop leader, coach, and board member for girl scouts, boy scouts, youth athletic association and a food pantry as well as serving on several town and school committees.
Pamela Stohrer – Pamela Stohrer is a retired public school educator. Certified as a therapeutic musician, she plays the Celtic harp at five central New Hampshire medical facilities, maintains a practice as an End-of-Life Doula, and manages Hillsborough’s well-respected Open Door Coffeehouse.
- To serve Hillsborough area residents and the surrounding areas, including but not limited to Deering, Antrim, Windsor, and Washington.
- To provide local groups a place to meet and conduct activities.
- To provide residents with tools to improve their well-being, socialize, and volunteer in their community.
- Create an inviting, non-threatening space for residents to participate in community programs.
- To create community outdoor space for exercise and learning.
- To provide indoor and covered spaces for exercise opportunities even during inclement weather.
The Benefits of a Community Center
- Promotes exercise and learning
- Boosts the local economy with jobs
- Convenient facilities
- Keeps adolescents safe
- Provides seniors with social opportunities
- Provides kitchen, meeting, and classroom space
- Adds value to the town
- Shows community investment and engagement