Owner and Founder
Bea has a lifelong passion for giving women and girls the tools they need to help themselves in all areas of their lives. She also has hands-on experience in home repairs and maintenance as the owner of two historic homes. In addition, unlike most apartment renters, she did improvements to the apartments that she lived in to the delight of her landlords.
The earliest seeds for her inspiration was being told at the age of 10 by her father that she couldn’t help him renovate the family’s unfinished basement because she was a girl. It was the catalyst for her feminism and independence.
Bea brings to this new venture 13 years of prior experience as a business owner, nine years of experience leading the award-winning nonprofit Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, and two years serving on the national board of directors of Girls Inc. where she was elected by her peers to represent the 23 affiliates in the southeast region. In addition, she has 11 years of experience working for the two largest owners of public housing rentals in the country, and two years of experience developing and leading an innovative program, SHOP, that taught apartment renovation skills to homeless adults.
She is actively involved in the community as a member of the Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women’s Organizing Committee, co-chair of the Council’s Healthy Sexuality Education Working Group, and vice president for engagement on the B’nai Zion Congregation’s Executive Committee. Bea also wrote a quarterly column about issues impacting women in the Business Section of the Times Free Press.
Julie Heavner Thurman
Director of Operations
Plain and simple, Julie is a dynamo! A woman of so many creative and organizational talents, Julie has been using her experience in graphic design, writing, social media, project management, customer service, and outreach to position Women Repair Zone™ for continued growth. She is truly a “wearer of many hats.”
Julie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.