Who we are

Hub Staff Members

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Elijah Evans
Executive Director
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Elijah is a testament to the leadership development pathways created at Bikes Not Bombs (BNB), having started at age 14 as an Earn-A-Bike participant, then going on to become the Coordinator and then Director of Youth Programs, and most recently serving as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. Elijah returns to lead the organization after becoming a teacher through Teach for America (TFA) - spending three years in the classroom and managing operations at TFA’s new teacher institute.  Elijah studied African American history and Spanish linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business; he is also a musician, bike mechanic, and avid cyclist.

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Angela Phinney
Director of Development
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Angela discovered BNB many years ago when she wanted to give some used bicycles a second life.  She has worked in development for two decades for social justice and community organizations.  Angela is also an attorney who has represented workers and labor unions.  For 18 years, she represented a death-row inmate in Alabama.  Angela studied history at the University of Georgia, and received her law degree from Northeastern University.

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Gary Chin
Community Engagement & Events Officer
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Gary is an out-of-school time education professional with years of experience in community engagement, curriculum development, grant writing, and volunteer coordination. For the entirety of his career, his efforts have focused on at-risk families in various educational settings. He is passionate about the power of bicycling to increase overall quality of life. Gary studied Film, Photography and Visual Arts at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a year-round bike commuter and road cyclist.

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Martinas Andrius
Director of Recycling & Operations
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Martinas was born in Lithuania, grew up in the Catskills, and then came to Boston to attend Boston Architectural College. Martinas became a regular Thursday Night Volunteer back in 2010 where he really enjoyed the hands-on learning and became fascinated with the bike stripping process which led to building single speeds on his own. In 2015, Martinas began organizing bike drives and helping drive the truck as a volunteer. Martinas is an artist with a focus on landscape oil paintings and also has a screenprinting studio.

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Manizha Baraki
International Partnerships Consultant

Manizha has come to Bikes Not Bombs from far away from a country surrounded by high mountains in another continent, Afghanistan. She got her Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Previously, Manizha worked with UN Women in Afghanistan and UN Women Headquarters in New York.  At BNB, she will be communicating with international partners on a regular basis, traveling internationally to provide technical assistance to partner organizations, monitoring progress and evaluating impact. Manizha brings her experience of working at the local and international levels to BNB to ensure the greatest impact of bikes in bringing social justice to communities. Manizha is very enthusiastic about learning new languages, new cultures, and exploring Boston by bike. Manizha is passionate about women and youth empowerment in underserved communities.

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Joseph Butler
Bookkeeper / Human Resources Manager
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Joseph was born and raised in Jamaica Plain's Bromely Heath Projects.  He likes numbers, history, and basketball, among other things.  Joseph is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and he wants to be a C.P.A when he grows up.

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Eric Mearns
Bike Collections Consultant

Eric bought his first "grown-up" bike from Carlos at the BNB shop in 2005, and started volunteering for Bike-A-Thon in 2010. Eric coordinates the donation of bikes, parts and tools for BNB via email. His favorite place to ride is Route 1A along the New Hampshire coast, but he's open to your suggestions. He really really really likes cats a lot.

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Tom Ball
Accountant

Tom assists with accounting and financial management at BNB on a part time basis. His responsibilities include overseeing the accounting and preparation of financial statements, leading preparation for the annual audit, supporting the budget process, and helping to keep BNB on solid financial ground. Tom and his partner, Nicole Wright, at Barrington Wright Associates, Inc. have been assisting Massachusetts nonprofits and affordable housing organizations with their financial management needs for over twenty years. Tom enjoys sports, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Bike Shop Staff Members

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Ben Goodman
Director of Bike Shop & Training Center

Ben was a student in the earn-a-bike program for the first time in 2007 while he was in high school. Since then he has been an EAB youth instructor, program coordinator, shop mechanic, and youth educator and mentor. Ben has never driven a car and uses the bicycle exclusively for transportation. When he's not wrenching or teaching Ben is in Graduate classes getting his Masters in Landscape Architecture.

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Addison Chase
Training & Service Manager

Growing up in New Hampshire, Addison began his career in the outdoor sports industry at the age of fifteen instructing snowboarding at his local mountain. From there he went on to work at local bicycle and ski shops and took on his first full time bicycle mechanic position at the age of 21 in 2009. In 2010 Addison moved to Boston to pursue music, as he is also a talented singer/songwriter who has a strong passion for live performance. For the past ten years Addison has split his time in Boston between playing shows with his band “Dressed for the Occasion” and helping to serve the cities many commuting and recreational cyclists alike. 

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Andy Gutierrez
Senior Mechanic
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Pierre Payette
Training & Sales Manager

Pierre grew up in Jamaica Plain and started working with bicycles as a high school student at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop. He earned a Spanish degree at UMass and came back to the bicycle industry as BNB's Training & Sales Manager. He is one of our veteran staff and has been with the team since winter 2017.

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St. Louis Sanchez
Mechanic & Sales Associate

St. Louis started as a volunteer with Bikes Not Bombs in 2007 to keep busy in retirement. Immediately, he was hooked to BNB's mission and programs. He completed Advanced Mechanics in 2008 and served as a volunteer for both Earn-A-Bike and Girls In Action (now Sisters In Action) for another two and a half years. "I was able to benefit from the programs, so I love helping out and giving back."

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Wilson Martinez
Head Mechanic

Wilson isn't particular when it comes to what he likes about BNB, he simply likes everything. A shop mechanic since 2006, Wilson also helped with the construction of the shop's current location. Wilson is a road and cyclocross racer, and each spring he can be found at the front of the longest Bike-A-Thon route.

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Eddie DePina
Sales Associate

Eddie joined BNB in 2014 as an Earn-A-Bike participant, and after graduating quickly became a standout youth employee.  He worked at the Hub for 3 years in youth programs including some time as Parts Manager.  A year-round commuter to school and work, he began working at the Shop as the 2017 Apprentice to gain experience to help fellow bikers with mechanical issues.

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Jamil Lewis
Mechanic & Sales Associate

Jamil took an interest in road and endurance cycling soon after starting his work with Bikes Not Bombs. He enjoys finding the right fit for customers, making sure they have everything they need to be comfortable riding. He is currently attending EMT school and is learning how to play the guitar!

Board Members

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Ajit Baid
Chair

Ajit Baid heads HCP Marketing at Chiasma, Inc. (www.chiasmapharma.com) and is focused on helping patients with rare disorders. Ajit is a seasoned biopharmaceutical professional and has over 25 years of diverse experience in sales, marketing, strategy, planning, analytics, and business development. He also founded a non-profit organization, IControlMyHealth, Inc., which is involved in helping people live healthier lives. He is passionate about biking and is an avid road biker. He is also an active member of the biking community and can be seen in many group and charity rides in and around Boston. Ajit lives in Boston. 

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Lee Archung
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

Lee has over 30 years experience in education, software development & information technology in the Greater Boston area. Currently, he works with the Student Services Department of the METCO program in Boston. An avid cyclist and mechanic, Lee helped coordinate the first Boston Hub-On-Wheels bike festival in 2005. He is a certified SCUBA instuctor (NAUI/PADI) with diving experience in the Boston area, the Carribean & Cape Verde. He is a graduate of the Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, was a biology major at Hampshire College in Amherst MA & has an Ed.M from Harvard University.

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Margaret Eichner
Vice Chair & Governance Committee Chair

Margaret is a recent graduate with a dual MBA and MPP, focusing on youth and workforce development policy. She previously served as an Americorps member working to increase college access for youth in Boston, and has worked with local nonprofits on youth employment. She is excited to join the Bikes Not Bombs community and to begin exploring Boston by bike.

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Patrick Cutrona
Clerk

Patrick is TSNE MissionWorks' Special Assistant to the CEO and a lifelong cyclist native to Massachusetts who cycles to work each day to downtown Boston from Medford. He holds an MA in Sustainable International Development, served in the Peace Corps in the Ukraine, and has worked at several nonprofits domestically and abroad.

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Mark Burton
Board Member & Fundraising Committee chair

Mark is a Partner at Bain & Company where he is focused on helping clients with pricing and commercial growth strategy.  Prior to Bain he was co-founder of a boutique consulting firm where he learned what it takes to start and grow an organization from the ground-up.  From working on and building his own bikes as a kid to being a member in various clubs around Boston and twice completing the MS Cape Cod Getaway, cycling has always been an important part of his life.  Mark is a resident of Jamaica Plain.

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Janie Harari
Board Member & Volunteer Committee chair

Janie Harari is a longtime volunteer of Bikes Not Bombs who resides in Jamaica Plain. She is a mechanical engineer and professional welder who has worked TIG welding high-end custom titanium bikes at Seven Cycles, designing affordable rickshaws side by side with pedal-powered rickshaw pullers in India, and fabricating competition racing trikes. As a cyclist, she can be found riding through Boston winters or touring; her favorite trip was 3800 miles across the United States to build affordable housing with the nonprofit Bike and Build. Currently, she works as a mechanical engineer at a plumbing supply company and spends her free time cycling, welding together bike scraps, hiking, playing frisbee, and volunteering at BNB. 

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Sara Lawrence
Board Member & Strategic Planning Committee Chair

Sara first came to Bikes Not Bombs when she was 12 years old as an Earn-A-Biker. From there she went on to become a youth instructor and a shop bike mechanic. After graduating from high school, Sara left Boston to attend Hampshire College where she earned her Bachelors degree in Creative Writing, Psychology and African American Literature. Sara worked on the sales team at the Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop, and is constantly brainstorming ways she can continue to be an asset to her community!

 

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Bethany Mashini
Board Member

With over 20 years of experience in private enterprise, Bethany has
driven growth across all aspects of the enterprise through the
creation of revenue-generating products, process improvements and
strategic partnerships.  She is now focusing on the nonprofit sector
in order to apply her business expertise to help drive progress in
Boston’s philanthropic communities.  In her free time, Bethany enjoys
mountain biking, hiking and traveling.

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Bethelehem Haile
Heller School Board Fellow

Bethelehem is from Northern Virginia and is currently a graduate student at Brandeis University. Prior to Brandies, she worked in the global health and international development space. In her free time, Bethelehem can be found scouring google flights or somewhere outdoors. 

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Robson Govine
Heller School Board Fellow

Robson holds a BA in English from Central Connecticut State University, and recently completed a certificate program in Nonprofit Management through the Institute of Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University. He is an AmeriCorps alumnus, and most recently worked as the Director of Operations at the Boston Alliance of GLBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY). He is currently enrolled at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University pursuing an MBA in Social Impact.

Youth Apprentices

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Anna Zuniga

Anna grew up in Jamaica Plain, MA and started to work as a Youth Apprentice with BNB in the summer of 2020. Going into her junior year of high school at Boston Latin School, also began teaching mechanic classes like Sisters in Action and Bike Institute. She enjoys powerlifting, plays the drums in a band, and plays guitar in her free time. 

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Berlinda Alfred

Berlinda spent the first few years of her life in Haiti and moved to the U.S. at the age of 7. She is currently enrolled at The Newman Preparatory School in Back Bay. Berlinda started working at Bikes Not Bombs in the summer of 2020. She says, "Working at BNB has afforded me the opportunity to learn about bikes and it has cultivated my love of cycling."

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Daniel Rojas-Cooke

Daniel grew up in Dorchester and started biking in 1st grade just to get around with his friends. As a high school senior, Daniel was hired by BNB as a Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action (BOCA) Apprentice and as a Bike Shop Apprentice. His favorite part of the job is learning about the individual components of bicycles, and how to fix/replace them. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys drawing and sketching.

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Joseph Pires

Joseph is a dedicated young man who started with BNB in Earn-A-Bike in 2018. Joseph is a big bike lover who wants people to know that he is always here to help, just look for him.

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Sam Cash
Sam first got involved with Bikes Not Bombs as a Youth Staff Member for the summer of 2018 and has since joined the staff for the school year. Since 2018 he has been able to better his leadership skills and bike mechanics knowledge through working at BNB. Sam was hosted by BNB for JP Open Studios in Fall of 2018, and enjoys drawing and painting.