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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Carl Kurz
Director of International Partnerships
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Carl grew up in Illinois and at an early age developed Legg-Perthes disease, which put him on crutches for 4 years and gave him a natural affinity with people dealing with disabilities. After recovering, Carl developed a passion for bike racing between the ages of 14 and 21, but after a knee injury, he hitch-hiked across the USA and Canada with his dog Strider. Concerned about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the policies of the Regan Administration, he joined the anti-nuclear movement as an affinity group organizer and networker. Working in several bikes shops from Illinois to Texas, by 1981 Carl had permanently moved to Boston and started teaching bike mechanics on a daily basis at the Broadway Bicycle School in Cambridge. By 1983 the Sandinista revolution called to him, and in early 1984, Carl launched BNB to help teachers, health workers and every day Nicaraguans during a transportation crisis. Carl and a friend flew into Managua on July 4th, 1984 with 2 upright touring bikes--the first delivery of Bikes Not Bombs--and he began to tour the western half of the country to see how people viewed the bicycle as a vehicle for social change! During his 25 years at BNB, Carl has enjoyed teaching Instructor training, Vocational Ed bike mechanics apprenticeship course, and gave specialized instruction to international project technicians and visited numerous international partners. In 2010 Carl left BNB to travel with backpacks on public buses, trains and boats throughout 9 South and Central American countries, with his wife Cecilia, home schooling his son Ziggy and enjoying life. Upon returning Carl developed a small scale carpentry and handyperson business. Carl is very excited to bring his passion back to BNB and continue full circle as Director of International Partnerships.   

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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
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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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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Sara Lawrence
Program Administrator
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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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Jasmine Wilson
Program and Outreach Coordinator
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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
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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Schiller Diny
Sales Associate

Schiller Diny comes to Bikes Not Bombs with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Mass College of Arts, an M.Ed in Secondary School Education, and a passion for Social Justice and activism. Schiller hopes to blend his love for the physics of mountain bicycle riding and bike repair with his existing work for youth empowerment. Now a part of the bike shop staff and sales team, Schiller hopes to support Bikes Not Bombs in continuing its mission both locally and abroad. 

Board Members

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Patrick Cutrona
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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Breeana Blalock
Clerk

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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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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Ajit Baid
Board Member

Ajit Baid is a Director of Marketing at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 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 with his dog, Chloe. 

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Janie Harari
Board Member

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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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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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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Margaret Eichner
Board Fellow

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.

Youth Apprentices

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Chantel Hazell

My name is Chantel and I'm 15. I heard about BNB from my sister and from Success Link [City of Boston's Youth Employment Program]. Something I would like to learn from being here is how to fix a bike. So if mine is not working then I would know how to fix it. My favorite tv shows are Lucifer, Dragon Ball, Naruto and many more. My hobbies are dancing, going to the movies and playing games. My favorite food is Mexican.

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Damian Gonsalves

I came to Bikes Not Bombs a few times when I was younger and am 16 now. I like to hang around with my cat and listen to music in my spare time.

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Elijah Polite
Hello! I’m Elijah Polite currently 18 attending college in the fall. I have been with BNB since I was 13. Initially I started in the Earn-A-Bike (EAB) program, earning a road bike to commute around on. After completing my first program I slowly moved up the ranks and found myself in a position as a youth instructor. I was able to quickly attain a set of better wheels and soon enough I was set. Over the years I’ve been working with the organization off and on, currently working as an instructor in the summer EAB program. As time went by BNB has been there to assist me along the way on my journey of life. 
 
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Heather McLoughlin
I'm 17 years old and will be going into my senior year at Boston Latin Academy. I'll be graduating high school in 2020. I decided to work at BNB because mechanics in general has always been something I've wanted to learn about. My hobbies include drawing, painting, and woodwork.

 

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Jacari Santiago
My name is Jacari Santiago and I'm 15. How I heard about BNB is from my sister, and she found it by looking for a summer job for me through Success Link [City of Boston's Youth Employment Program]. What I'm interested in is learning how fix more bikes. In my spare time I play basketball and PlayStation 4. Other than that I'm looking forward to working for BNB during the summer.
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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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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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Luis Pena
I heard of BNB through my friends in the community. My hobbies are bikes and cars. I love to hang out and have fun. I am currently studying Auto Body Repair in High School.

 

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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.

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Samuel Cash
I'm 16. I heard about BNB through friends and worked here last summer through Success Link [City of Boston's Youth Employment Program]. I like to play soccer and draw in my spare time, and BNB hosted me last October for JP Open Studios.
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Schneider Macean

I'm 17 and I heard about BNB in 2016 when the brakes on my bike were broken and my friend Caleb told me to come to BNB with him on Thursday to fix it. After that day I always wanted to work at BNB because I saw a lot of opportunity for me, especially since I love riding bikes and know a lot about them.

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Wagner Rivera
I'm Wagner Rivera, I am 17. I learned about BNB through Miguel Guerrero, a youth who’s been working here about 3 years already. I enjoy chilling with all my friends and play video games with my group of friends.
 
 

 

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Zachary McLaughlin

I'm 15 now, but I first heard of BNB when I bought my first helmet here back in 2010. This is my first year here, and I'm happy to join the team. My favorite way to pass time is reading, but I have a newly found interest in bicycle engineering.