McElfresh has dedicated her professional life to community service and the art and science of stained glass. Prior to working with the Stained Glass Association of America, she worked in a variety of roles from operations management at a life sciences firm in Washington, D.C. to IT & web support for small non-profit art organizations.
McElfresh grew up in small stained glass studios and continued to build on her technical skills in the medium by seeking mentorship opportunities all the way through college. Some of the highlights of her glass studies were traveling to Pilchuck Glass School and time spent at the nationally recognized kilnforming resource center, Vitrum Studio.
In 2011, McElfresh moved from Northern Virginia to Buffalo, NY, and that year, began her own studio, McElf GlassWorks. Megan drew energy and inspiration for her studio both from causes she was passionate about from her professional career as well as from her new community in Buffalo. She never turned down an opportunity to collaborate with neighborhood teens and local programs to provide enthusiastic and creative educational enrichment to those who might otherwise have never gotten such opportunities. In her personal work, McElfresh sought out ways to use her artwork in the advocacy of women's issues she had grown very passionate about during her time working at the forensics laboratory concerning women’s issues like domestic violence and rape, and DNA backlogs. Megan’s studio work has been featured in the Stained Glass Quarterly, Design NY, The Buffalo News, and Buffalo Rising.
On accepting the role with the SGAA, Megan directed her energies fueled by 15 years of experience in glasswork, operations and project management, on sowing the seeds of long-term change and the rebuilding of the SGAA’s core programs. Now approaching their 125th anniversary, in a new cooperative office space where staff can serve along others working toward a similar mission, McElfresh is enthusiastic about working toward the SGAA’s renewed vision.