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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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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Martinas Andrius
Director of Operations

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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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 Administrator

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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Isabella Koen
Director, Bike Shop & Training Center

Isabella has worked for BNB extensively on and off for 10+ years, coming up through the vocational education program at BNB and eventually becoming a head mechanic when the shop was at Bartlett Square. About 4 years ago Isabella left to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and is very excited to return to BNB where she hopes to explore the intersections of object based learning and social justice, utilizing the bicycle as a means of agency and empowerment, and to work with her peers to build connections between actualized skill sets, identity and community. When she is not at BNB, you can find Isabella pursuing her love of dance music by teaching workshops around sound and producing or performing nationally and internationally at various clubs and warehouses.

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Sam Comerchero
Bike Shop Manager

A twenty-year resident of the Boston area, Sam has spent his professional time here in the travel, special event and hospitality fields.  Before Boston, he lived in New York City where he worked for the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Olympic travel programs. He is married and the proud father of three adult sons.  Sam holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. He has lived abroad in Ecuador and Spain, and enjoys re-visiting both regions. In his leisure time, Sam can be found biking, gardening, on the tennis court and enjoying the beaches of Cape Cod.

 
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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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Jackson Walters
Mechanic and Sales Associate

Jackson discovered his passion for riding and fixing bikes after buying his first road bike upon moving to Boston in the fall of 2013 after completing degrees in math & physics at Virginia Tech. Over the next six years while working on a PhD in math at BU, he was biking all over the city in all sorts of weather. Jackson hopes working at BNB will allow him to share his love of biking by helping folks find the perfect bike, learn about their bike and how to fix it, and get more people out there on the most sustainable and fun form of transportation!

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Ronald Guerrero
Mechanic

Ronald first took Earn-A-Bike in the spring of 2010 where he discovered his passion for riding and fixing bikes. He became a Youth Instructor in the fall of 2010 and continued for the next couple of years, while he further developed his bike mechanics skills. Ronald most recently worked at Landry's Bicycles and is excited to be back at Bikes Not Bombs as a bike shop staff member.

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Ben Goodman
Mechanic and Sales Associate

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.

Board Members

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Ajit Baid
Chair

Ajit Baid is a Director of 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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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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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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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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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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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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Josh Speicher
Board Member

Josh is an attorney in Boston. He is a lifelong resident of the city, and currently resides in Jamaica Plain. When he is not working, Josh enjoys cookings, travelling, and riding the bike that he got at BNB several years ago all over the area.

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Simon Fischer
Board Member

Simon Fischer is an attorney in Boston.  He grew up in West Roxbury, previously worked on Capitol Hill within the international development field, and enjoys 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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Lusneyda has lived in Boston, Massachusetts her whole life. She had come into contact with Bikes Not Bombs when she began to work there as a Youth Apprentice in 2019. She attends school at Boston Latin Academy, apart of the graduating year of 2021. She’s unsure of what the future holds for her, but she hopes BNB can somehow play a roll in it. 

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Joseph Pires

Joseph is a dedicated young man who started with BNB in Earn-A-Bike in 2016. 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.
 
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Sam Snekvik

Sam joined BNB as a Youth Staff Member in Summer 2018, and has returned to BNB this school year. He says working at BNB is fun, and he has learned bike mechanic and leadership skills. Sam enjoys skateboarding around Boston and trying new restaurants. Currently, he's into watching Breaking Bad.

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Star Igbinosa

Star is a teen currently enrolled in the Academy of Pacific Rim. She has always loved to go bike riding with friends and family. Star began working as a youth apprentice for Bikes Not Bombs as of December 2019. Her favorite snack is anything chocolate. 

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Takai Whitmore

Takai is 16 years old honor roll student that is currently enrolled at Boston Latin Academy. He has always had a passion for bikes and quickly became interested in working with bikes not bombs. He is now working here at Bikes Not Bombs as a youth apprentice. Takai loves having an active roll in his community and is always working to create positive change. He loves being a community activist and advocating for things revolving bikes and just real world problems in society!