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 and one of the finalists in the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo Centennial Awards.
Education Director - Debra Sarlin
Deb has worked in 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 brings 20+ years of non-profit experience working in Community Relations, PR/Marketing, Fundraising/Development, Event Planning and Volunteer Management to her role at The Foundry. 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.
Lead Instructor + Makerspace Coordinator - Amina Boyd
Director of Social Enterprise - Adam Ianni
Adam is a former hobo and roustabout who found his calling making things for and with communities. An experienced educator and maker, he believes that everyone should have access to the means of production. As the former Education director for GObike Buffalo, he helped build a community center where anyone could learn the intricacies of bicycle mechanics and find a place they could call their own. Adam loves woodworking, playing with trash, dust collection, giant robots, and participatory learning environments.