Board of Directors


Maura Donnelly

Bio coming soon.

Kelly Hamshaw

Kelly joined the Bristol CORE Board in 2017. She and her husband, Scott, moved to Bristol in 2009 after falling in love with the historic downtown and village center. They’ve been slowly renovating a 1922 craftsman bungalow in the village ever since.

The vitality of rural communities is at the heart of her work at the University of Vermont, where she is a Lecturer in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics as well as a researcher with the Center for Rural Studies. Students from Kelly’s Local Community Initiatives classes have partnered with Bristol CORE through service-learning opportunities for several years.

Kelly is also a board member of The Watershed Center, a local community-based land trust that conserves nearly 1,000 acres in the northwest corner of Bristol.

Aidan Lenihan

Aidan was born and raised in Bristol, and currently resides in the Village with his wife and two daughters. A professional musician, he can be found playing pedal steel and guitar throughout New England. When he’s not behind the guitar, he’s behind the soundboard for his company Mad River Valley Light and Sound.

After music, his other passion is gardening and during the summer and fall months he fills his daytime hours working at Rockydale Gardens as their groundskeeper.

Aidan joined the board in 2018 and brings his knowledge of music and event coordination to the Bristol CORE team.

Meridith McFarland

Meridith, the Bristol Recreation Director since May 1, 2018, is a native Vermonter who grew up in Starksboro.  To be more involved with the community, Meridith joined the Bristol CORE soon after starting her position as Director.

Meridith comes from many years in  Resort Management from running programs, hosting events, teaching skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking at Sugarbush Resort.

Meridith also volunteers as the Regional Coordinator for Vermont’s SheJumps, an organization that promotes women of all ages in the outdoor sports. 

Alicia Standridge

Bio coming soon.

Taylor Welch

Bio coming soon.


Ian Albinson – Executive Director

Ian Albinson is a co-founder of Albinson Design, a design and animation firm he runs with his wife, and the founder of Art of the Title, a highly respected online resource for film and television title design.

Ian has been involved with Bristol’s downtown organization, the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership, since 2009, and served on the Design Committee and Board. In 2015 he became the Executive Director of the non-profit group, and engaged in significant restructuring of the organization into Bristol CORE.

Ian has lived in Bristol for over 14 years in an eco-friendly home, with his wife Raedia, a 4-year-old son, Max, and 19-month-old son, Finn.

Valerie Capels – Town Administrator

Valerie Capels joined the Town of Bristol as the Town Manager in October, 2017. She has over 20 years of experience in municipal planning, community development, project management, and town administration, including eleven years as the Town Administrator in Waitsfield and also as Director of Planning and Community Development of the City of Montpelier.

In her capacity in Waitsfield, she secured a Village Center Designation for historic Waitsfield Village, and in Montpelier, she initiated the downtown revitalization program and qualified Montpelier as a Certified Local Government amongst a long list of other economic and community development projects.