The Vision

DBExcellence is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driven to provide a safe and secure environment for homeless Veterans and survivors of domestic violence in the Cleveland Area. Teaching a breaking the barriers mentality and creating network skills to succeed on multiple levels by encouraging a “removing the box” mentality.

Meet our Board 


Founder and CEO

Duane B. Evans Jr. 

His Story:  Duane has been homeless on multiple occasions and is a survivor of Domestic Violence from when he was a Child and an Adult.  He was in the military for 8 years and returned home with an honorable discharge, no job, or a solid income.  Now, on the brink of a bad separation leading to divorce, depression life was a struggle.  Trying to survive he resorted to stealing food to eat, staying in his vehicle, and/or abandoned buildings.  Fortunately, Duane was not a person involved with alcohol or drugs just someone who had hit rock bottom. 


Holding an associate's degree and part-time employment God opened his eyes to a new perspective.  Now Duane holds 15 years with the government.  He started Doing Better than Excellence to teach people how to avoid his rock bottom moments and help them learn the steps he took when others counted him out.  




Joseph Howard III




Public Relations Manager

Venica Evans 

Her Story:  Venica has a Bachelors of Science from Baldwin Wallace University.   She previously worked at the City of Cleveland Public Safety Division of Police as a Dispatcher and at Cuyahoga County Department of Children and  Family Services as a Social Worker. She currently serves as a Minister at Shiloh Baptist Church in Cleveland.   Venica has served on the Board of DBE since the beginning, bringing growth, and new aspects for community involvement.  Understanding the focuses of the company and the community makes her job an easy task.  The annual Fill the Truck Event in August is Venica's startup project that has been running for six years and keeps growing.   Venica uses the resources given to her to help others learn and live better.