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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Eric Mearns
Director of Operations
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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.

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Jennifer Licht
Director of Marketing & Communications
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​Jennifer first discovered BNB in 2006 while sponsoring her neighbor in the annual Bike-A-Thon. She has biked in the BAT many times herself, more recently with her young daughter, who now keeps up on her own bicycle! Since childhood, Jennifer has always chosen bicycling as her primary means of transportation because it is the most environmentally conscious, efficient, healthy, and fun way to get around. If she is not biking with her daughter, you will probably see her walking her dog in the Emerald Necklace parks. Jennifer has a BA in Sociology from the University of Toronto and an extensive background in Marketing and Community Relations.

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René Milet Hernández
Director of Learning and Evaluation
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René comes to Bikes Not Bombs with experience in community health education, street outreach, program evaluation, and participatory research, much of it in Boston.  His family left Chile after the military coup and moved to Montréal for many years, where he picked up skateboarding, worked as a bike messenger, and studied literature.   René now lives in West Newton with his wife Liz and their two teenagers, Natasha and René.  He occasionally works on old bikes and surfs the New England coast.

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Manizha Baraki
International Partnerships and Evaluation Manager
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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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Jamie Kennedy
BOCA (Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action) Coordinator
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Jamie first participated with Bikes Not Bombs through the Earn-A-Bike 2011 summer program and soon became a youth instructor the following summer.  Not only did Jamie find interest in the world of bike mechanics and bike riding, but he also found joy in the sense of community that BNB nurtures.  His understanding of social justice and importance of spreading awareness was strengthened through the program, and he is happy to return to help cultivate these values in a different role.  In his free time, Jamie is a meditator who believes the practice not only elevates individual mindfulness but also improves community relations as a bonding and powerful source.  Jamie also explores writing poetry and is happy to read or hear work from others.

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Joey Santana
Development Operations Coordinator

Joey was born in the Bronx, but raised in Boston and has been working at BNB since 2012. Joey enrolled in VocEd when he was 17 and learned advanced bike mechanics. VocEd led him to become a youth instructor for programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Girls In Action, Adult Instructor Training and BOCA. In the summer of 2015 Joey served as the lead mechanic for the Boys & Girls Club of Roxburys' 'Yawkey Bike Crew.' Also known as YBC. In the spring of 2017 he joined the Shop as a full-time mechanic. Joey is currently pursuing his degree in Accounting from Roxbury Community College.

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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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Daniel Martin
Summer Programs Manager
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Daniel first became involved with Bikes Not Bombs as an Earn-A-Biker in his teens. He has obtained his Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Master's degree in Applied Sociology from UMass Boston. While obtaining his Master's degree, Daniel interned with RFK Children's Action Corps doing program evaluation and youth advocacy, and has experience working within Boston, Somerville, and Brookline Public Schools in various educational roles. The focus of both his educational and career path has been helping youth attain their goals. Daniel is a native of Boston who has recently relocated Quincy to be closer to Umass Boston. In his spare time he creates acrylic paintings, sparked by his employment at Artists for Humanity as a Visual Artist in his late teens. He is also one of the three founders of the Boston based 3rdProject Artist Collective.

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Dillon Barros
Earn-A-Bike Coordinator

Dillon first got involved with Bikes Not Bombs as a youth instructor in both the STRIVE and Earn-A-Bike programs. Hailing from Cambridge, both of his parents were avid bike riders and social justice advocates - the perfect upbringing for a Bikes Not Bombs employee. He enjoys listening to music, playing sports and being outdoors. Dillon now serves as the Earn-A-Bike Coordinator before he begins his freshman year at Boston College.

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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

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Pierre Payette
Interim Shop Manager

Pierre missed his first chance to participate in BNB as a youth, but is making up for it now. He grew up around the corner from our locations but only recently began getting involved. He began working with bicycles about a decade ago and landed a job at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop in high school (mostly thanks to his older brother). After high school bicycles stopped being a job and started being a personal hobby once again—he left his shop position to pursue other goals and eventually earned a Spanish degree at UMass. Before being hired at BNB he was working as a kitchen manager for Legal Seafoods.

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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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Ben Goodman
Production Manager

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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Carlos Ortiz
Senior Mechanic

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 works to encourage young people to do positive things in their lives with bikes. For Carlos, BNB is like a second family.

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Evan Hanlon
Vocational Trainer

Evan was born and raised in Boston, and loves Bikes Not Bombs, which he discovered in 2010 as an Earn-A-Bike participant. He became a Youth Employee, and was very involved with BOCA, as a strong social justice advocate, and now works at the Bike Shop. In his spare time, Evan is an avid Runescape player and a bike nerd.

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Jason Mejia
Mechanic and Sales Associate

Jason first took Earn-A-Bike in 2012 and fell in love with the organization and staff. His favorite part of BNB is meeting new people and sharing new experiences with everyone involved. Outside of the office he loves riding his bike with BikeLife, riding ATVs and dirt bikes and watching Power. He returned to BNB as the Outreach Coordinator in 2017 and looks forward to growing our involvement in the community.

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Sara Lawrence
Senior Sales Associate

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 is happily back working 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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Eddie DePina
Mechanic and 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.

Board Members

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Patrick Cutrona
Board Chair

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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Lee Archung
Treasurer

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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Breeana Blalock
Board Member

Breeana is currently a student at Boston College, and has been a consistent Earn-A-Bike volunteer adult instructor and mechanic.

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Ryan Gelman
Board Member

Ryan is an attorney and Legislative Director for a Massachusetts State Senator. He has experience in public policy, compliance, and strategic litigation.

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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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Lia Hulit
Board Fellow

Lia is an MBA student focusing on social impact management at Brandeis University.  She is interested in people development, capacity building and social enterprise which brought her to BNB.  Her background is in education and grassroots entrepreneurs in Latin America.  After the Bike-A-Thon, she was inspired to ride her bike to campus each day and enjoys her commute much more this way.  She enjoys yoga and trying to get to as many beaches as possible along the NE coast.

Youth Employees

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Abi Torres
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Alyssa Montañez
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Andry Nuñez
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Brann-Din Mattheas
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Carolyn Parker-Fairbain

Youth Pathways Intern

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Celia Jessiman
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Eddie Conroy
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Elijah Polite
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Gabriela Grady
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Ish Lazala
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Jason Baez
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Jaysin Clarke
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Johan Pikeri
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Jojo Eason
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José Parra
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Kelly Holland
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Korede Oyenuga
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Laura Lopez
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Majestic Smith
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Matthias Hoener
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Miguel Guerrero
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Rajalyn Johnson
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Robert Suriel
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Sam Snekvik
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Samuel Cash
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Sandra Simpson
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Stiven Valenzuela