Staff

Executive Director - Megan McNally 

Megan is the co-founder of The Foundry. She graduated Barnard College in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Policy, has worked on green building construction sites across the country, and worked at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. She moved back to Buffalo to run a woodworking business from 2011-2014. She has been the recipient of Women Who Move The City AwardBizJournal's 30 under 30 Award, as well as Protege of The Year from University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and one of the finalists in the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo Centennial Awards.

Education Director - Debra Sarlin

Deb has worked in both urban settings (at schools in East New York in Brooklyn and in the Bronx) and rural setting (in orchards and inoculating chickens), and a twisting path across the northeast has led her to Buffalo. After receiving an MFA from Columbia University, she promptly accepted a fellowship in a Foundry (Tallix in Beacon) and then another as a Blacksmith (Peter’s Valley in the Delaware Water Gap National Park). She has provided educational leadership at the Shelburne Craft School; taught in Art, Education, and Computer Science departments; and has toiled in libraries to support college professors developing strategies for using technologies and tools for teaching, analytic mapping, and 3D printing or scanning. Deb stepped away from Higher Education to work on community maker projects and an augmented reality application, and still can’t quite believe how lucky she has been to have landed at The Foundry.

Community Relations & Business Manager - Jennifer Weber

Jennifer comes to the wonderful world of the Foundry bringing 20+ years of non-profit experience working in Community Relations, PR/Marketing, Fundraising/Development, Event Planning and Volunteer Management. In her spare time she serves as a volunteer on several boards, dabbles in community theater productions and blogs and writes at All Things Jennifer.

Volunteer Coordinator - (Americorps/VISTA) - Melissa A. Swiatek-Odien

Artist, dog-lover, coffee drinker and gardener.  Melissa holds a B.A in Art from Buffalo State College and an M.A. in Art History from SUNY Buffalo.  She enjoys the active, creative atmosphere of the Foundry and hopes to apply the lessons learned from her experiences to further develop her own non-profit, DIY BFLO, Buffalo’s first creative reuse resource.