Who we are

Hub Staff Members

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.

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.

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.

René Milet Hernández
Director of Programs

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.

Jennifer Licht
Development and Communications Manager
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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.

Manizha Baraki
International Relations 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.

Will Gifford
Youth Programs Manager
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Will first came to BNB as an Earn-A-Biker in the fall of 2009, before joining as a youth instructor on staff the next year. It was in that first year that he developed the passion for education, environmental consciousness, and the bicycle as a tool to deliver social change, a passion that he carries with him still. Since that first year, Will has worked as a youth instructor in Earn-A-Bike and Girls in Action and was a pioneering member of BNB's BOCA youth team. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and adventuring around New England.

Evan Hanlon
Pathways Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

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

Victor Peguero
Service Manager

Victor started at Bikes Not Bombs in 2007 through the Earn-A-Bike program which really helped him break out of his shell. Victor graduated from our Youth Instructor Program, and participated in BOCA which helped him grow as a person and explore his love of teaching youth about bicycle mechanics. After working at Ashmont Cycles, Victor returned to BNB as a Shop Mechanic, and more recently as the Service Manager in order to give back to BNB whom he credits as helping him become the person he is today. Victor plans on studying robotics and engineering in the future.

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.

Evan Hanlon
Mechanic and Sales Associate

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.

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.

Pierre Payette
Mechanic and Sales Associate

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.

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.

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.

Board Members

Allie Hunter McDade
Board Chair
Lee Archung
Ronald Cross
Interim Vice Chair
Xenia Pantos
Joseph Lieber
Patrick Cutrona
Allistair Mallillin

Youth Employees

Elijah Polite
Miguel Guerrero