Elijah Evans (he/him)
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 and 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.
Kim Wutkiewicz (she/her)
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.
Joseph Butler (he/him)
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.
Eric Mearns (he/him)
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.
Angela Phinney (she/her)
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.
Julia Karr (she/her)
Julia has always been interested in how people move around their communities - by train, by car, by foot - and of course - by bike. She is passionate about the intersection of social justice, transportation, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining BNB, she worked as an event planner, logistics coordinator, and a researcher of bike mobility in Mumbai. Julia earned her B.A. in International and Global Studies and German Studies from Brandeis University in 2019. In her free time, you can find Julia biking along the Charles, baking cakes and cookies, studying maps, and learning how to make ceramics.
Andrew Ahern (he/him)
Andrew comes to Bikes Not Bombs with experience in community organizing, climate activism, and youth engagement. He believes the bicycle is one of the most important social and technological tools for the coming decades in order to promote sustainability, economic mobility, justice, and joy. Growing up, Andrew would spend his days riding his bike throughout his hometown which allowed him to socialize with friends who often lived far away. He wants to bring a similar opportunity to any youth who might be secluded or isolated due to a lack of transportation or bicycle infrastructure. He enjoys a good book, live music, and being outdoors.
Manizha Baraki (she/her)
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.
Gary Chin (he/him)
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.
Joey DiZio (he/him)
Joey loves Bikes Not Bombs because it ties together his love of biking and his passion for education and youth empowerment. He believes that education and an ability to understand one’s emotions are the best way to empower youth. When he’s not biking, Joey can usually be found playing music, creating art, or playing board games. Joey has over nine years of experience working with youth in the area of social emotional growth. He has worked running a worker-owned pedicab co-op in Providence, RI, developing youth summer camp programs, and working as a Registered Behavioral Technician. Joey holds a degree in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology.
Abeo Powder (she/her)
Abeo is excited to bring her experience as a passionate educator, leader in the Greater Boston health & wellness community, and her enthusiasm for youth empowerment and advocacy to Bikes Not Bombs. She values utilizing cycling as a means for intentional disruption, promoting healthy living, and sustaining mobility in various forms. As a youth organizer, she looks forward to guiding as well as leading alongside our youth: the future leaders of our communities and world. Abeo is a proud first generation Caribbean-American, with roots in Trinidad & Tobago. She enjoys writing, being a running coach, creating playlists and obsessing over her favorite animal: elephants.
Sara Lawrence (she/her)
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.
Gamal Smith (he/him)
Gamal is a historian by trade and training who is fulfilling his ikigai through cycling education and advocacy. His professional dream is to spread cycling literacy (comprising road skills, mechanical knowledge, and advocacy) to every school in the U.S. education system. Utilizing his skills as an educator in a variety of environments, Gamal seeks to change the world through his passion for cycling. He believes Boston is the best place to cultivate the seeds of this revolution. As a graduate of UMass Boston and a proud descendant of sharecroppers, schoolteachers, and freedom fighters, Gamal is blessed to be part of this community dedicated to growing active and informed leaders for our mutual future.
Montell Khaldi (he/him)
Montell (or Monty) is an individual deeply committed to leaving the world around him better than he found it. Hailing from Accra, Ghana, Monty is a global citizen who takes pleasure in discovering the various cultures and languages that make up the wider world around us. A recent graduate of Northeastern University, Monty comes to Bikes Not Bombs with a background in politics, philosophy, and economics & professional experiences in investment banking and management consulting. As a youth organizer, Monty dabbles in the organization's outreach efforts, staffing BNB's partnership programs with Boston Public Schools, and curriculum development for Youth Apprentices. Outside the classroom/workplace, he is an avid cyclist that is personally dedicated to seeing more diversity, equity, and representation brought into the sport.
Ben Goodman (he/him)
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. Ben possesses a master's degree in landscape architecture from Boston Architectural College.
Gabriel Méndez (he/him)
John "JR" Rogers (he/him)
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.
Wilson Martinez (he/him)
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.
Victor Peguero (he/him)
Dan Seiden (he/him)
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.
Kareem Corbett (he/him)
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.
Daniel Durango Garro (he/him)
Anna Zuniga (she/her)
Chris Rivera (he/him)
Joseph Pires (he/him)
Antonio Venus Reeves (he/him)
Charlie Tannert-Lerner (he/him)
Rose Goldberg (she/her)
Bailey Wright (they/them)
Jaeden Ewart (he/him)
Romeo Pelletier (he/him)
Carlos Garcia (he/him)
Jalan Francis (he/him)
Stella Dzialas (she/her)
Board of Directors
James Nguyen (he/him)
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.
Luis Fernandez (he/him)
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.
Mark Burton (he/him)
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.
Lina Cañon (she/her)
Lina Maria Cañon, MBA was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her passion for engaging in social change efforts was born through her work at Suffolk University, where she earned her bachelor's degree. Since graduating college, Lina has managed, enhanced, and created programs focused on a variety of topics including homelessness, civic engagement, education, and youth advocacy. Lina is the current Interim Executive Director at Chica Project, a Boston nonprofit working to close the opportunity divide for young Latinas and Women of Color. In addition to her work at Chica Project, Lina is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for The Nur Collective, now Nur Ventures. She most recently became a Fellow at Mendoza Ventures and graduated from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s 2020 Boston Leadership Cohort. Lina sits on Union Capital Boston's Advisory Board and Fueling Justice Coalition's Board of Directors. Lina is the Secretary of Suffolk University’s College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board. She most recently obtained an MBA with a Social Impact concentration from Boston University's Questrom.
Abby Werner (she/her)
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.
Margaret Eichner (she/her)
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.
Tom Rodriguez (he/him)
Tom Rodriguez (MA | CWDP) has been a devoted education and workforce development professional for 15 years. Tom currently serves as Assistant Director of Youth Programs and Alumni Success for YouthBuild Just A Start in Cambridge, MA. He is passionate about economic empowerment, digital equity, and organizational development. He began his career in the social impact sector as a Youth Mentor in an urban gardening program for youth in Worcester, MA. He has held additional positions as a Sales Consultant for a Boston-based global education company and as Program Director of an outdoor education nonprofit in Lake Tahoe, NV. Tom earned his Master of Arts in International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Political Economy and Spanish from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He most recently graduated from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s 2020 Boston Leadership Cohort. Tom also currently serves as a Volunteer Usher for the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA.
Patrick Cutrona (he/him)
Patrick is the Manager of Board Affairs and Compliance at Perkins School for the Blind. He is a lifelong cyclist and former Peace Corps volunteer. Patrick holds an MA in Sustainable International Development and has dedicated his career to serving mission-based organizations domestically and abroad.
Peter Cheung (he/him)
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.
Andy Mendez (she/her)
Andy Mendez is from Tampa, Florida. She earned her BS in Media Production, Technology, and Management at the University of Florida in 2016. Her professional background includes roles in youth development and international education. She served in the Peace Corps as a Youth & Gender Development Specialist in Morocco where she facilitated girls’ leadership workshops, promoted youth entrepreneurship, and conducted public health outreach. She returned to the US in 2019 to work in volunteer management as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA Program at Legal Aid Chicago. Currently, she is earning a Social Impact MBA and MA in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University. She is interested in supporting programs that promote alternative employment pathways for immigrants, minorities, and internally displaced people in conflict areas.
Lee Archung (he/him)
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.
Bethany Mashini (she/her)
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.
Sean Hildenbrandt (he/him)
Sean is an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where he has worked for the past 8 years. For the majority of that time, Sean specialized in the oversight and regulation of non-profit organizations. In addition to investigating cases of fraud and misappropriation of charitable assets, Sean frequently worked collaboratively with governing boards of organizations to promote transparency, mission focus, and fiscal responsibility. Sean is a resident of the South End and frequently rides to JP by way of the Southwest Corridor.