Connecting with… Bonnie Schafer – Women Repair Zone Customer

Now that you have gotten to know several instructors, we are shifting gears to an interview of one of our customers. Enjoy learning about Bonnie Schafer! 

Bonnie Schafer, an entrepreneur with a virtual business, moved to Chattanooga about four years ago. She admits she is a mountain girl at heart and loves the Laurel Mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which she calls home despite being born in Arizona. Her move to Chattanooga was prompted by the need to be closer to her mother to help with her care. While here, she has certainly made use of the workshops offered by Women Repair Zone. 

“I first heard about Women Repair Zone from an ad on NOOGAtoday — an online paper that I receive in my email each day. I was excited to learn more, and the rest is history!” Bonnie has participated in a number of workshops: How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by a Contractor, Plumbing Basics, Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget, Pressure Washing the Right Way, Changing Outlets and Switches, Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget.

“I enjoyed all of the workshops equally!  I’ve always received so much helpful information that I was able to use, and I cannot wait to participate in more and learn more. I am a huge fan of the workshops and of this business,” said Bonnie.

Please click here to read the full interview about Bonnie!

Connecting with… Jennifer Pope – Women Repair Zone Instructor

Last week, you got a chance to get to know one of Women Repair Zone’s instructors, Nan Zamata. If you missed that opportunity, please check out the website. This week we are spotlighting Jennifer Pope. 

Jennifer Pope, a Women Repair Zone instructor, moved to Chattanooga, looking to settle down following her husband’s military career. They met Bea while shopping for new home ideas at the 2019 Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga Home Show. Jennifer remembers toying with the idea of concrete planters and mentioned it to Bea as a possible workshop offering. Jennifer has taught Making Concrete Planters and, once the workshops resume, she will add Making Concrete Fountains.  

“I think what Bea is offering is opening up the domain of what has been exclusively a men’s club,” said Jennifer.

Following her workshop, Jennifer received great feedback on the evaluation. 

“Jenny was a great instructor and is very patient.” – Corinna H.

“This class was AWESOME! I learned so much! Jennifer was a great instructor!” – Susan W.

Please click here to read the full interview about Jennifer! 

Connecting with… Nan Zamata – Women Repair Zone Instructor

Starting this week, you’ll get a chance to know some of the women who teach Women Repair Zone workshops. This week we are spotlighting Nan Zamata. 

Nan Zamata, a Chattanooga resident and Women Repair Zone instructor, met Bea Lurie at the 2019 Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga Home Show.  Bea is always on the lookout for experienced new instructors and was impressed by Nan’s expertise.  Following an interview over coffee, Nan signed on to teach Changing Outlets and Switches, Rewiring and Repairing Lamps, and Repairing Drywall. 

 “I do believe in Bea’s mission. I think there are a lot of women out there with valuable skillsets, and it’s good to pass those skills on to others,” said Nan.

At one of the workshops that Nan taught, Rewiring and Repairing Lamps, she received great feedback on the evaluation. 

  • “Extremely useful – everyone leaves with new skills and confidence they can do it!” –Susan S.
  • “What a gem of an experience. I liked the hands-on approach in this class. It was very helpful to actually remove switches so that I could do it at home. I feel much more confident approaching electrical work at home.” –Bonnie S.

Please click here to read the full interview about Nan! What an inspiring and motivating story! 

Beth Miller Joins Mortarr Awards MMXX Digital Panel

MORTARR.COM – Mortarr, the single online source for inspiration, products, and pros in the commercial construction and design industry, has announced the digital panel of judges for Mortarr Awarrds MMXX. The Awarrds, now in its second year, celebrates the most inspiring pros and brands in the commercial construction and design industry.

The following industry leaders are judging the Awarrds’ finalists: International Living Future Institute’s Alexandra MullerHDR’s Elizabeth Von LeheMaterial Bank’s Lily Genis, RSP Architect’s Jackie Peacha, freelance content creator Beth Millerphotographer Tadd Myers, and Superhuman’s Van Horgen.

Mortarr will announce Mortarr Awarrd MMXX winners on Monday, January 27. Until then, head to The Forum by Mortarr to check out meet the panel, check out the Awarrd categories, and see all of the finalists’ stunning work:

Mortarr is the leading inspiration gallery and networking site exclusively for commercial construction and design. Architects, builders, designers, developers, facility directors, business owners and more use Mortarr to find project ideas, specify products and vet pros. It’s the first website and app bringing the industry together on a single platform, making it easier to find, be found, and collaborate. Head to for more.

Doug Strickland Photography, Chattanooga, Tennessee.