Who we are

Hub Staff Members

Ashley Leary
Co-Director of Youth Programs
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Ashley joined BNB in 2008 as a participant of the first all girls Earn-A-Bike program and soon became an instructor in the program. She graduated from Vocational Education and worked as a mechanic at the shop before joining the Board of Directors in 2010. In her spare time, Ashley can usually be found shooting hoops or listening to music.

Charlotte Fagan
International Programs Director
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Charlotte comes to BNB by way of Rhode Island, but has spent time doing bike organizing abroad. She helped found Carishina en Bici, a feminist bike collective in Ecuador and has volunteered with BNB projects in Sierra Leone and Guatemala. Outside of work Charlotte is an avid bike polo player, organizer with Femmechanics, and enjoys exploring new mountain bike trails.

Erica Rotman
Director of Fundraising
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Erica comes to BNB after serving in various program coordination and development positions in the anti-violence field. Previously, she has worked at the Center Against Domestic Violence in Brooklyn and served on the Board of Directors at Students Active For Ending Rape. Erica manages BNB's events and all individual fundraising. In her spare time, Erica rock climbs, brags about her hometown, Montreal, and strategizes about how to beat her friends at their next board game match.

Jeremy Hanson-Gutierrez
Co-Director of Youth Programs
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With a background in organizing and communications, Jeremy joined BNB in 2008 and has since connected numerous volunteers with opportunities, handled BNB's transportation advocacy and coalition work, and aided in planning events including the annual Bike-A-Thon.  When not at the Hub or at community meetings, Jeremy can be found enjoying a soccer match with friends.

Eric Mearns
Collection Manager
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Eric bought his first "grown-up" bike from Carlos at the BNB shop in 2005, started volunteering for Bike-A-Thon in 2010, and joined the BNB staff 2015.  Eric collects donations of bikes, parts, and tools for BNB's programs.  He also manages the BNB warehouse and the Bike Drive program, and helps coordinate container loadings, Thursday volunteer nights, and the annual Bike-A-Thon.  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.

Farid Quraishi
Operations Manager

Farid came to Bikes Not Bombs as a volunteer and Earn-A-Bike instructor in 2012 and joined the BNB staff in 2016. He has previously worked in a variety of different fields including training & education, organizing, and manufacturing. As Operations Manager he is responsible for day-to-day operations, supporting bike collections, supporting Volunteer Night, and serving an integral role on the team that organizes our annual Bike-A-Thon. Outside of work Farid enjoys exploring backroads by bicycle, telling & writing stories, and plotting the next adventure.

Jerrone Elliott
Earn-A-Bike Coordinator

A longtime resident of East Boston’s Orient Heights Projects, Jerrone started coming to Bikes Not Bombs as an Earn-A-Bike student in the spring of 2013. He then volunteered and worked as a Youth Instructor in the various youth programs happening throughout the year. In 2014, he became the Earn-A-Bike Coordinator and has fulfilled this role since then. He enjoys long scenic bike rides, playing basketball, and increasing his mechanical knowledge. He is a freshman at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Automotives.

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.

Manizha Baraki
International Programs Coordinator

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 both 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, and new cultures. Manizha recently learned how to bike and is very excited to bike around Boston.

Manizha is passionate about women and youth empowerment in underserved communities.

Modesto Sanchez

Modesto first came to Bikes Not Bombs in 2005 when he took the Earn-a-Bike Program. He then became a Youth Mechanics Instructor until 2010 when he left BNB’s staff to be a Youth Organizer with the Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project. There he focused on empowering other young people through 3 major campaigns on Environmental Justice, Transportation Justice. and Food Justice. In 2013 he brought his organizing talent and experience back to Bikes Not Bombs as the Organizer & Educator in BNB’s Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action (BOCA) program.  Modesto enjoys riding his bike all over Boston.

Natalie Brady
Communications Manager
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Natalie originally hails from Kansas City, KS but has come to love Boston while attending Northeastern University, working at a number of local non-profits and biking around the city. She is responsible for the media connections at Bikes Not Bombs and when not Instagraming her new favorite pictures can be found reading/watching Game of Thrones, using large levers to remove rusty bike parts and eating fresh picked sugar snap peas.

Sean Madsen
Technology Consultant

Sean started as a Volunteer Night volunteer and Bike-A-Thon rider in 2008 and soon began helping out regularly with computer technology projects. As his involvement grew, he eventually became BNB's Information Technology Manager and worked full-time in this role for five years. Now he is a part time website/database consultant and works remotely from his adventure van while traveling the country in search of the next greatest mountain biking trail. 

Tom Ball

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

Matt Coe
Shop Director

Matt has been running BNB's shop since 2006. He's in charge of everything from selecting the bikes to build up, to ordering parts, to training new employees. Though he's worked at other bike shops, he's particularly inspired by BNB's work, and that all the shop's profits go towards international and youth programs. Even when he's not at work, much of Matt's life revolves around riding, fixing, and learning about bikes.

Carlos Ortiz
Mentorship Coordinator

One of the longest tenured BNB staffers, Carlos started at BNB as an Earn-A-Bike participant, took Vocational Education, and then started working at the shop. That was more than a decade ago! Carlos also runs BNB's seaport Earn-A-Bike program, and works to encourage young people to do positive things in their lives with bikes. For Carlos, BNB is like a second family.

Chelsea DeSantis
Assistant Manager

Chelsea got her first tastes of mechanics with the city's Youth Cycling Program, where she got to bike with children and fix the bikes they destroyed. She started learning how to fix them right at BNB as a volunteer in the Earn-A-Bike program, and later came on staff to help with the Bike-A-Thon. As a former teacher, Chelsea loves that BNB is a hub of learning and teaching. She is passionate about the bicycle as a tool for individual and community empowerment and when not at BNB, is working on more of those opportunities with CommonWheels Bicycle Co-op and Femmechanics.

Gabriel Ytterberg
Service Manager

Gabriel first started learning how to fix bikes after buying a refurbished Schwinn from Bikes Not Bombs in 2005 and promptly wrecking it. Since then he's moved from fixing his own bikes to friends' bikes and has been a professional mechanic and BNB volunteer for several years before joining the bike shop staff. Gabriel enjoys every part of working on bikes, from solving tough problems to explaining the basics. Days off find him miles away, riding and exploring greater Boston's back roads and trails.

Wilson Martinez

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.

Chayanne Almeida

Chayanne first heard about STRIVE and BNB in 2014 through Madison Park High School.  In his first year with STRIVE, Chayanne learned about adjusting derailleurs, setting limit screws, rode time trials and explored Boston by bike.  In 2015, he built on previous knowledge and tackled bottom brackets, cranks and hubs.  After STRIVE he kept learning about mechanics on his free time and with those skills became the apprentice at the Shop in 2016.  In the future he looks forward to being a good mechanic and perhaps entering a cyclocross race. 

Board Members

Allie Hunter McDade
Board Chair
Lee Archung
Xenia Pantos
Allistair Mallillin
Amy Wilson
Caitlin Corneliess
Joseph Lieber

Youth Employees

Andry Celado
Elijah Polite
Ish Lazah
Jazamine Foster
Miguel Guerrero
Phoebe Normandia
Sandra Simpson
Shanakay Gillespie
Stiven Valenzuela