Who we are

Hub Staff Members

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Elijah Evans

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

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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Jennifer Licht

​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

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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Sara Lawrence

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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Manizha Baraki

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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Jasmine Wilson

Jasmine first got involved with Bikes Not Bombs in 2003 while participating in multiple Earn-A-Bike and Girls in Action sessions, and then eventually teaching these programs as a Youth Staff Member. After graduating high school, Jasmine obtained her BA in Communications at Lasell College in Newton. During her last semester, she came back to Bikes Not Bombs to intern and help out with development and fundraising. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys watching The Office and going to museums.

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Joseph Butler

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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Martinas Andrius

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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Eric Mearns

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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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 Members

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Sam Comerchero

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

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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Carlos Ortiz

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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Jason Mejia

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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Eddie DePina

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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Ben Goodman

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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Patrick Cutrona

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

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

Breeana's bicycle involvement began at the age of 2 while being biked around on her mom's 10 speed Gitane in Maine and then with her own unicorn banana seat bike with streamers. Breeana has extensive experience across the country with the bicycling community, including mechanics, bike messengering, racing, and community bike events. She is passionate about furthering racial, gender and physical equity to often ignored and underserved communities in Boston who want bicycles in their lives. Breeana is currently a student at Boston College, and a regular volunteer at Container Loadings, Girls in Action, Adult Mechanics Instructor Training, Thursday Volunteer Night, and Earn-A-Bike.

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Simon Fischer

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. 

Youth Staff Members

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Abi Torres

Abi took Earn-A-Bike in Spring 2018, and then was hired as a Youth Staff Member in Summer 2018, and now in 2019. His one and only favorite hobby is riding bikes because it gives him freedom and makes him feel safe. He loves to do and try new tricks and stunts with others who enjoy riding. Biking also has allowed Abi to make new friendships.

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Cam Kelly

Cam is from West Roxbury. He has a passion for baseball and his favorite class is art. He likes to help people.

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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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Juanzi Rainer

Juanzi goes to Meridian Academy. She first heard about BNB in 2016 through Earn-A-Bike, and was hired this year as a Youth Staff Member after hearing about the job opening from a family friend. Juanzi has always been very interested in mechanics. While participating in EAB, she learned a lot about bikes, and is hoping to learn even more as a staff member. When she's not at BNB, Juanzi enjoys doing Taekwondo and woodworking.

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Leandro Teixeira

Leandro attended Earn-A-Bike in 2018 and is now a Youth Staff Member. He likes to work on bike and help kids that have questions. He believes in being a hard worker, and a leader who is kind and supportive.

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Miguel Guerrero

Miguel started BNB in the Summer of 2015 as an Earn-A-Biker, and has returned every year since as a Youth Staff Member. He loves riding bikes and doing bike mechanics.

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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.