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 Award, BizJournal's 30 under 30 Award, as well as Protege of The Year from University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
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 abandoned 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.
Relationship Manager - Ahmad Nieves
Ahmad Nieves received his Bachelors Degree in History from the University of Buffalo. He has worked in the Buffalo Public School system as a substitute teacher over the last 3 years. He wants to be an educator but not in the traditional role of being a teacher; he's still figuring it out! Currently, he serves as a Relationship Manager here at The Foundry where he wants to bring his experience of grant writing and fundraising from a previous job to help expand and grow The Foundry. When he is not working you can find Ahmad reading, gardening, or just doing something to keep busy. Get to know him! He's a really cool guy!
Volunteer Coordinator - Tamera Knight
Tamera is a VISTA member who started her term of service in February 2016. Her responsibilities include development
of adult and youth education programs and coordination of volunteers for the organization. Since last year she has
successfully launched youth programs in collaboration with Health Sciences Charter School and Baker Victory Services
as well as a 10 week adult woodworking program.
Collaborative Development Manager - Manon Jokaleu
Manon Jokaleu graduated University at Buffalo in 2011 with a masters degree in Urban Planning, Economic and International Development. He has worked with Winrock International Bridge Program/USAID as a Governance Project Officer in a capacity building project in 2012 in South Sudan as well as served as the former state minister of Lol State in South Sudan in 2015. Previously, he worked with Journey's End Refugee Services Inc. as a Case Manager, and he is Founder and CEO of the New Site Global Network online platform since 2015. He decided to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA at WEDI and The Foundry as Collaborative Development Manager, excited to empower individuals and support low-income communities in economic growth.