Dawn Bevier-Tarpinian grew up in the Metro Detroit area. Hailing from multi generational Trade workers, Dawn began her career as a Detroit based Hotel Front Desk Agent and was a proud member of H.E.R.E. Local 24. A hospitality industry leader, Dawn progressed into Hotel Management and Sales & Marketing with over 30 year in the Industry. A pioneer, empowering women in a male dominated industry, Dawn’s passion fuels her mission to empower youth for equality and opportunity. She hopes to inspire the success of youth within the City of Detroit, the trades and the Unions. As a visionary, Dawn is excited to partner in this joint effort with her life long friend and co-founder, Monica Davie.
Monica Evans-Davie the only child of two retired, highly decorated, military parents. She was educated in the Detroit Public School system and is a graduate from the historic Cass Technical High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labor Studies and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership, both from Wayne State University. She also teaches Career and Professional Development courses at the community college level; directs operations for a vocational training institute; and professionally mentors groups of high school girls graduating and preparing for college and employment. Monica is a visionary who has dedicated her life to helping young people make positive decisions for their future.
Kirk R. Bevier grew up in the Metro Detroit area and started in the Construction and Home Improvement Industry over 30 years ago. Kirk initially found his passion of the building trades in Wood Shop class in High School and his first job as a Carpenter Helper.
Kirk continued with his passion through work and attending the Detroit Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program in Ferndale, Michigan where he completed the program of 4700 hours over four years, learning all phases of residential and commercial carpentry, with on the job training and employment. Over the years, Kirk’s career has taken him from his graduation of the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program to Management & Leadership Roles in the Industry and over 10 years ago to the Owner of his own Company - BEVIER HOME IMPROVEMENTS.
Monica Evans-Davie ~ President
Dawn Bevier-Tarpinian ~ Treasurer
Kirk R. Bevier ~ Secretary
LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD
Jay Wilber - Goodwill's Green Works
Kristi Lewis - Owner, Travel by Pathfinders
Millie Hall - President, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Detroit Chapter
Dr. Quinn Thomas, PSY.D., D.L.L.P – Psychotherapist
Philipp Emma, Owner, Global E and Partner at PSN Technology
April Brooks, Divisional HR Director, The Salvation Army, Great Lakes Division
Left to right: Millie Hall, Kristi Lewis, April Brooks, Jay Wilber, Dr. Quinn Thomas, Philipp Emma
Performing Arts Scholarship.
In loving memory of our friend Janice Tuohy-Aguilera
Outstanding Athletes & Academic Achievers
Skilled Trades, CDL & Hospitality Programs
Ms. Mittea Preston is a recent Graduate from Cornerstone Health + Technology High School in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated 3rd in her class with a 3.6 GPA and has already earned college credits.
Ms. Preston will attend Eastern Michigan University this Fall semester. She will be a Political Science major studying to become a lawyer. Ms. Preston will be the first of her family to attend College.
Angel Ervin is our 2021 Recipient for our Skilled Trades Scholarship!
LeAngela Runels, a single mom with one son, attended the Goodwill Detroit Skilled Trades Academy 12-week intensive pre-
apprenticeship Welding training recently completed Welding training and certification.
She owns a cleaning business but was hired immediately upon completion, and will be
working for one of Goodwill’s preferred employers, FERROUS Processing & Trading
ALEX ROBINSON IS A NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE AND RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM THE GOODWILL TRADE CENTER FOR WELDING PROGRAM.
Congratulations to Alex and we wish her the best of luck in her Welding career!
ASBURY PARK DANCE FESTIVAL brings WORLD RENOWNED DANCERS AND COMPANIES to the Jersey Shore for performances and master classes to support ARTS ED NJ and their mission to make Arts Education available to Every Child, Every Day, Every School.
"Prior to the 2019 Women's March on Washington I had never experienced such a monumental protest protecting the rights of women. In a place where oppression and violence are usually the headline; empowerment of others barely skims the surface here in Detroit. Therefore, I was honored when asked to attend this years Women's March on Washington by Mrs. Monica Davie and Mrs. Dawn Tarpinian. Being able to participate and engage in a diverse range of social and political issues allowed me to see our governed citizens in a positive light- regardless of their sex, race, or religion. The 2019 Women's March exposed the sympathy, love, and concern "We The People" have for one another. It was truly an experience of a lifetime and historical moment in history."
~ Ahesha Hamlin
"The Bevier Evans Foundation (BEF) has provided me with some outstanding opportunities, and I could not be more thankful. Being able to attend Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” Tour as well as the Women’s March on Washington were two electrifying and spiritually rousing events that I will carry with me forever. My mentor Monica Davie (Evans) has been a part of my life for nearly a decade and I am so honored to have been sponsored through this amazing foundation. Young women will have a stellar team of individuals to help guide them along the way. I can only assume that the success of this
foundation will continue to cause growth and instill greatness in others, as it already has within me.
-Jasmine Kendrick, Admissions Officer, Detroit Cristo Rey High School