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
Director of Community Engagement
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Gary started with Bikes Not Bombs in April 2020 with a focus on out-of-school time programs for economically at-risk youth. He is passionate about increasing educational and economic opportunities for youth and families across Boston. Gary believes that bicycle education programs provide a powerful framework for people to learn critical workplace and professional skills that can close the opportunity gap. He leads Bikes Not Bombs’ community engagement efforts and supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of all Bike School programs. Gary holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Marian University Indianapolis.

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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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Sara Lawrence
Director of People & Culture
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Sara has been involved with Bikes Not Bombs since she was 12 years old. She has been a participant in almost every BNB program and also served as the Strategic Planning Chair and Board of Directors Chair in 2021. Some of Sara’s favorite work experiences have come from working in the Bike Shop & Training Center and partnering with Boston Public Schools to teach bike mechanics to high school students. Sara has a background in special education, creative writing, and motherhood. Her goal is to build non-traditional pathways to success for the most disadvantaged communities within the City of Boston and beyond.

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Tess Stogner
Sisters In Action/Bike School Coordinator

Tess is a woman on the move. Since moving to Boston from UNC Chapel Hill, she has worked for several organizations that promote leadership development and experiential learning for Boston’s youth. Most recently, she completed a year of service with the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship at Youth Enrichment Services, where she developed their biking programs and curriculum. As an avid bikepacker who guided students across New England and Europe, Tess is indebted to her female-identifying role models, who paved the way for her to find the confidence to lead. She’s excited to take her experience and apply it towards strengthening Boston’s vibrant cycling culture by working to make transportation accessible and sustainable for all.

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Kim Wutkiewicz
Development Associate

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Kim moved to Boston in 2004 to study acupuncture and Chinese medicine after running outdoor education programs for youth in Vermont. These experiences deepened her appreciation for all of the ways that movement, community, and meaningful work help us live better lives. With over five years of experience in nonprofit development and communications, she is thrilled to now work in support of Bikes Not Bombs. When she is not at the Hub, you may find Kim cycling, trail running, or creating useful items out of clay.

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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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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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Dan Seiden
Inventory & Online Sales Manager

Dan, a Massachusetts native, started racing bicycles as a junior at Wells Ave in Newton. His first job was at Laughing Alley Bicycles in Allston, where he was employed as a mechanic and learned to build wheels. Dan has spent time at bikes shops in Hawaii while attending Hawaii Pacific College, and in San Diego, CA. He came back to Boston in 2019. Dan brings over 30 years of bicycle industry experience and years of technology expertise.

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Andy Gutierrez
Training & Service Manager
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Zoe Hill
Training & Service Coordinator

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Zoe has loved bikes from a young age. They never really thought about fixing bikes until they had a wrench in their hand, building bikes for people trying to get outside during the pandemic. There was no turning back after that. You can find them milling about in JP, watching anime or making cookies.

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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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John Rogers (JR)
Mechanic & Sales Associate

JR started making go-karts when he was a young child, around 10 years old. He became interested in bicycles, and started repairing them at Broadway Bicycle School in Cambridge. JR worked alongside Bikes Not Bombs founder Carl Kurz and former executive director, Mira Brown. He has over 30 years of experience working with bicycles, most recently working at Ace Wheelworks and Ferris Wheels.

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Kareem Corbett
Sales Associate
Since the age of seven, Kareem has loved the challenge of BMX. He can always be found buying more parts for his newest bike. As a young adult, Kareem made a living in sales, knocking door to door. As an accomplished salesman and avid bike lover, Kareem found Bikes Not Bombs after attending the Ride for Black Lives in the summer of 2020. He soon became immersed in the community and-- combining his knack for sales and love for bikes-- started working with the sales team at BNB.
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Daniel Durango-Garro
Mechanic & Sales Associate

Board Members

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Margaret Eichner
Board Chair

Margaret is a Policy Manager with MassHealth's Office of Behavioral Health, helping to redesign access to mental and behavioral health systems in Massachusetts. Previously, she focused on youth development and employment through Americorps service and her graduate studies. She holds a dual MBA in Social Impact and Master of Public Policy. She is also a resident of Jamaica Plain and a bike ride away from BNB.

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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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Bethany Mashini
Fundraising Committee Chair

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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Luis Fernandez
Strategic Planning Committee Chair

Luis has been riding and fixing bikes since he was a kid riding BMX in Miami. He settled in Somerville and has also enjoyed living in a few bike friendly countries (Netherlands and Belgium). He has been a staff member at the Somerville Bike Kitchen since 2015 and joined the BNB Board in 2020. For his day job, Luis is an engineer working on developing the techniques that enable making semiconductor devices even smaller. 

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Mark Burton
Board Member

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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Peter Cheung
Board Member

Peter was born and raised on the tropical island of Aruba. He has lived in Boston since the age of 16, and he is a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain. His extensive knowledge of the streets and alleys in the city has helped him plan and lead many group bike rides in Boston. He is often recognized for his lime green cycling gear. Peter also builds and installs ghost bikes in the Boston area to honor those who have lost their lives while bicycling. By day, Peter is the Senior Video Production Specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Peter’s multicultural upbringing has helped him communicate with a wide range of people; he speaks five languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese and Papiamento - the official language of Aruba.

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Robson Govine
Board Member

Robson (he/they) holds an MBA in Social Impact from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management. A Connecticut native, Robson has been a resident of Boston since 2010, originally relocating to serve as an AmeriCorps service member. They bring with them 8+ years of nonprofit experience. More recently, they served as the Director of Operations at The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY). They have been involved with other local organizations such as the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), the Social Innovation Forum, The Institute of Nonprofit Practice, and Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue.

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James Nguyen
Board Member

James Nguyen has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a focus on audit, risk, and compliance. Currently, he is a Vice President of Risk Management at one of the eight American global systemically important banks. He has a BS in Finance from bentley University and an MS in Finance from Boston College. In his spare time, James enjoys traveling and spending time with his dog.

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Jeremi Taitt
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Abby Werner
Heller School Board Fellow

Abby Werner is from Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her BA in English and Art History from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015 and relocated to Boston shortly after. Her professional background is in sales and customer service. She has held roles at various technology and travel organizations in the Greater Boston area, most notably for a world leader in educational travel, and for a small Somerville-based cycling adventure company where she discovered her love for cycling. She moved abroad in 2019 to teach English in Thailand and Vietnam, and later returned to the Boston area to earn her MBA in Social Impact (with a concentration in children, youth and family services) from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She is passionate about empowering people and communities with equal access to housing, food security, mobility and education.

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Ariel Wexler
Heller School Board Fellow
Ariel Wexler is from Los Angeles, California, and earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lived in Guatemala for 3 years first as a Volunteer Coordinator for a green building organization focused on employment, environment, and education. She then returned as a Peace Corps Rural Extension volunteer working in food security and rural agriculture. Ariel co-planned and executed the start of three women's beekeeping groups. She is passionate about social enterprise and sustainability.  Currently, she is earning a Social Impact MBA and MA in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. 

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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Carlos Garcia
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Dymari Guillaume
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Esther Macean
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Hamza Mahamud
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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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Romeo Pelletier
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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.