Get to know us

Learn more about the Dignity Matters’ team, the founder and the Board.

Board of Directors


Kate Sanetra-Butler
, Founder, 
Board Member and Executive Director

Kate believes that women around the world are the most powerful, yet largely untapped, resource in the fight to break the cycle of poverty that entraps families and communities from generation to generation.

She founded and runs Dignity Matters to help ensure that homeless women and girls in her community have access to necessities (feminine hygiene products and underwear), in order for them to stay healthy, regain self-confidence and dignity and be able to step up.

She holds a M.A. from University of Sydney (Australia) in art history, a M.A. and B.A. from the University of Physical Education (Poland) in International Tourism Management. Additionally, she holds a B.A in English Language from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Poland), and CPE from Cambridge University (UK).

Passion for business, tourism and meeting people of different cultures led Kate to a decade-long period of work and travel around the world, including living on three continents. She spent most of her professional life in Professional Services partnering with executives across the EMEA, APAC, and ANZ regions.

She lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, together with her husband, two children, and two cats.


Laurie Mills, Board Member 

Laurie was born and raised in Plymouth, MA and currently lives in Medfield with her husband, her son and daughter and a giant St. Bernard. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Laurie spent 20 years at Fidelity Investments in various senior marketing, sales and management roles.

Laurie has been involved with Cradles to Crayons for the past 5 years and since October 2017, she is managing Dignity Matters’ Medfield Chapter. Laurie, having a teenage daughter of her own, could not imagine her missing 3 or 4 days of school each month because she did not have any access to feminine hygiene products. Since the start of the Medfield Chapter Laurie received overwhelming support for the program creating one of the biggest chapters of the organization and helping many other chapter leaders engage their community and raise awareness of Dignity Matters mission. Laurie joined the organizations’ Board of Directors in May 2018.


Eliza Mosurick, Board Member and Secretary

Eliza has been a champion of women’s causes since college, and she believes that big positive changes can be made through meaningful involvement in our communities. She lives with her husband and three children in Wayland, MA, where she volunteers at her children’s schools and serves on the Board of the Friends of Wayland Youth and Family Services, a non-profit organization, which works in collaboration with the Town in promoting wellness and healthy development across the community. 

She graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics. During her time as a student, she served as President of Wharton Women. After college she worked in finance for 10 years before taking a break from the corporate world to raise her family.


Corrie Dretler, Board Member

Corrie is passionate about facilitating relationships between individuals committed to lifting the human experience. As a development/fundraising professional and volunteer, she has helped universities, mentoring programs, political campaigns, public television/radio, and other non-profits recruit volunteers and reach their fundraising goals. 

She is currently engaged as a program and development advisor with an NGO Friends of Thai Daughters. As a member of the Wayland Youth Advisory Committee, she advises and oversees the Wayland Youth and Family Services and Wayland Cares. She volunteers to provide English language tutoring to adults coaches with Wayland Youth Soccer.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, and a graduate of Florida State University, she now resides in Wayland, MA with her husband, their three children, and golden retriever.


Laura Mulready, Treasurer

Laura lives in Medfield, Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. Laura received her B.A. in Mathematics from Providence College and her M.B.A. from Boston College. She had worked in financial services for many years before resigning in order to raise her family. 

Throughout the past 15 years, she has had the opportunity to make a difference by volunteering with numerous local organizations.  Most recently, Laura has served as Treasurer, then Co-President of Medfield Coalition for Public Education where she raised money and provided grants to fund important school-related initiatives that fell outside the school budget. She is currently Co-President of Medfield High School PTO and volunteers at the Medfield Food Cupboard. As a mom of daughters, Laura is excited to join the Dignity Matters team and to have a positive impact on women and girls in the greater Boston community.


Advisory Board

Polly Mendoza, Advisory Board Member

Polly is a native of Weston, MA and a graduate of Concord Academy and Boston College with a B.A. in Secondary Education and Spanish. Her degree in Spanish allowed her to travel many parts of the world including Costa Rica where her nonprofit career launched as executive director of the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center.  Deeply and continuously inspired by her brother’s life experiences as a young man with Down Syndrome she founded her own nonprofit organization, HILLS, Inc. based in Colorado where Polly lived and directed HILLS for 8 years. 

Now having two young children, the importance of having them grow up near family brought Polly back to the east coast where she continues her passion for nonprofit organizations.  

Polly is currently the executive director of Neighbor Brigade which connects volunteers to individuals who are facing temporary crises and provides them with a variety of free services to help them heal and recover.


Kimberly Todd, Advisory Board Member

Kim has been involved in development for over 20 years. As Executive Director of Dress for Success Boston, Kim is responsible for running day-to-day operations and fundraising. Kim also serves as spokesperson for the organization and has been a guest on several radio shows. Previously, as Assistant Director of Development at The New England Center for Children, Kim was responsible for researching and writing grant proposals to secure funding for general operations and special programs. Before that, she worked as Chief Development Officer at The Magic Theatre where she was responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program. Kim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Theatre from Emerson College, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Boston University. Kim has two children and lives in the suburbs with her husband, Chuck.  

She is excited to be a part of Dignity Matters – an organization that provides women with the items they need to live with dignity.  “I believe that women should always support each other, no matter what”, said Kim.


Patricia Riseman, Advisory Board Member

Pat has supported women, family and social justice issues for 50 years both personally and professionally. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, she has worked in child welfare, outpatient community mental health, parent education and preschool consultation as well as 30 years in private practice providing therapy for children, adolescents, individual adults, and couples. Her volunteer actives have focused on hunger and homelessness especially as related to mental illness and women’s empowerment issues.

Pat received her M.A. in Social Work from Columbia University and Simmons School of Social Work. She has lived in Wayland for 48 years with her husband Paul, raised 2 sons, and is now a proud grandma of 3 grand girls, and 2 grand dogs. She loves being close to nature in the garden and enjoying music and art. 


Our Team

Andrea Schneider, Distribution Manager

Andrea graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in Art History, and worked in advertising in both Boston and San Francisco for twelve years. Most recently she took a role of the Community Outreach Director at the Wellesley Mothers Forum – an organization she has been volunteering for over the past three years. This role confirmed her passion for helping woman and families in need.

When Andrea first learned about the mission of Dignity Matters she was shocked to hear about the limited access homeless women had to sanitary items. After organizing multiple successful collection drives Andrea decided to become our Wellesley Chapter Leader to help more. After 2 years Andrea took an even bigger role becoming Dignity Matter’s Distribution Manager. 

Andrea lives in Wellesley with her husband, son and daughter. The whole family enjoys spending time outside: hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing.

Nancy Frantz, Volunteers Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 


Maureen Winkler-Belger, Grant Writer 

Maureen lives in Hopkinton and first heard about Dignity Matters from her friend and co-chapter leader Nancy.  As the mother of three teenage girls, Maureen could not imagine any of them not having the feminine protection products or bras that they need.  Thus began Maureen’s work in 2017 organizing drives and working in the factory in Framingham. After 2 successful years of organizing drives, Maureen took an additional role and became Dignity Matters’ grant writer.

Maureen has been in MA for 13 years.  She is currently the manager of the parish hall at St. John the Evangelist Church and works at the Hopkinton Public Library.  Maureen was on the Hopkinton Education Foundation board for 10 years serving in fundraising and grant capacities.  Prior to moving to MA with her husband and children, Maureen lived in NY and worked in the commercial insurance industry in NYC as well as teaching insurance at both St. John’s University and Hofstra University.  She has a BS in Mathematics from Fairfield University and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter.


Laurien Bean, Chapter Leader – Westwood, MA

Laurien was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was here she graduated as a veterinarian, met her husband and started a family. In 2015, she relocated to the USA, choosing to settle in Westwood, MA where she currently lives with her husband, 3 young boys, and 2 dogs. Laurien has a deep love and compassion for people, with women in particular. Currently a stay-at-home-mom, Laurien has enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in her community. She is a member of the Westwood Young Women’s Club and the MOMS group of Westwood, and in 2017 became the Westwood chapter leader for Dignity Matters.


Jennifer Richtsmeier, Chapter Leader – Framingham, MA

Jennifer is a former clinical social worker and presently the Marketing Director and Community Service Representative for Home Instead Senior Care out of Northborough. She has always been passionate about advocating for women’s rights and equal opportunity for all since she could talk. Originally from Michigan, she relocated to MA in 2005 to volunteer with Americorps. She immediately fell in love with the idea of helping others and later she went on to earn her M.A. of Social Work from Smith College. Jennifer resides in Framingham with her husband and two pets. She enjoys hiking, golfing, and traveling with her husband.


Kayla Buchanan – Craig, Chapter Leader – Framingham, MA

Kayla graduated in 2010 with a BS in Human Development & Family studies from University of Vermont and in 2014 she returned to Massachusetts with her husband to be closer to her family. Kayla works for a non-profit helping people with disabilities live more independently. She is passionate about helping people in the community get the resources and services they need to live better lives. She happened upon Dignity Matters when she was looking for a local volunteer opportunity and fell in love with the organization and all it does for women in need. Kayla currently lives in Framingham with her husband, 6-month-old son, and an adopted cat. She loves writing, reading, and cooking in her free time.


Alisson Kates, Chapter Leader – Wayland, MA

Allison feels strongly that all people deserve a chance at a better life and has spent the last several years volunteering with different organizations to help those in need.  She serves as a Vice President on the Executive Committee of Jewish Family Service of Metro-West, and she is an ambassador to Wayland for Cradles to Crayons and for the past four years, has organized the Wayland Stuff-A-Truck to collect clothing and other essentials for children in MA living in low-income or homeless situations.  Most recently, Allison was the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Wayland Child and Parents Association and she organizes an annual fundraiser at her older son’s school and co-chairs The Parent Organization at her younger son’s preschool.  She also serves on the Early Childhood Advisory Board, aimed at ensuring that the social-emotional needs of young children are met.  Allison is excited to be involved with Dignity Matters as Wayland Chapter Leader and she strongly believes in its mission. Allison is a former School Psychologist who holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and an M.Ed. and CAGS from UMass Boston.  Allison lives in Wayland with her husband and their two sons.


Ivylee Martinez, Chapter Leader – Natick, MA

I was born on the south shore of Boston and grew up Western Massachusetts. After receiving a bachelor of Science from Emerson College, I moved to New York City where I worked in radio and film. Returning to Boston to work in advertising, I married my college sweetheart and soon after had my now 16 year old twin girls. I enjoy music, film, and photography. I got involved with Dignity Matters because I saw an opportunity to tap into my community of moms to help other women like ourselves, who are in need.


Kelsey Hampton, Chapter Leader – Natick, MA

Kelsey graduated from Providence College with a degree in Social Services, concentrating in Public and Community Service. Upon graduating, she worked at the American Cancer Society as an Income Development Assistant for Relay for Life. Now, Kelsey serves as the Director of Food Pantry Operations and Volunteer Services for the Natick Service Council. Kelsey has a passion to serve her community, and does so through her job at NSC, but also as a member of the Town of Natick Community Services Advisory Committee, and active volunteer for Family Promise Metrowest. After meeting Kate to discuss the Dignity in the Community program with local food pantries, Kelsey knew that she wanted to focus her extra efforts on the mission this organization. Kelsey lives in Natick with her husband and their two daughters. 


Charlotte Hogan, Chapter Leader – Sharon, MA 

Charlotte lives in Sharon, MA with her husband, four children, and rescue dog and cat. She is a former elementary school teacher who graduated from Stonehill College and Leslie University with a B.S. in Early/Elementary Ed, and an M.Ed in Special Ed. She has spent years volunteering in her children’s schools and serving on various boards and committees in town supporting Education and the Arts. ” When I first heard about Dignity Matters in November 2017 I knew I wanted to support this incredible organization. Having two daughters it broke my heart to think about girls missing school due to lack of basic feminine hygiene supplies”.  Charlotte held her first collection party in January 2018 and quickly decided to become the Sharon Chapter Leader. She is an avid reader, who loves a variety of outdoor activities, and adores spending days at the beach with her family.


Christine Dumouchel, Chapter Leader – Mansfield, MA

Christine settled in Mansfield in the early 90’s with her husband, Dave. While raising their 3 children, Christine was involved in many volunteering facets of pre-school and in the Mansfield Public Schools. She also spent many years volunteering in town as a member of the Mansfield Cultural Council, in her Church, and with the Make-a-wish Foundation of MA as a “wish-grantor.” Now that the children are older, Christine is focused on building her 2nd career in the banking industry. She enjoys volunteering as a “baby cuddler” at MGH in Boston, serves as a member of Pediatric Specialists Parent Advisory Council, and has recently taken on the role of Chapter Leader in the newly established Mansfield Chapter of Dignity Matters. She hopes to broaden awareness of this overwhelming need for personal hygiene products. Spreading the message that “Dignity Matters!” – what greater way exists for women to support women?


Joan Poundstone, Chapter Leader – Wellesley, MA

Joan Poundstone recently moved to Wellesley from Ridgefield, Connecticut and she brings energetic enthusiasm to her role as Chapter Leader for Wellesley.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Accounting at the University of Notre Dame and earned her Masters in Business Management from Northwestern University. Her background includes two decades in real estate finance, development, and marketing. Joan is committed to supporting Dignity Matters with its mission of providing essential aid to women and girls in the greater Boston area. As a fervent advocate for women’s issues and helping children with succeed in school, she is eager to work with fellow volunteers and partner organizations to expand the number of women and girls receiving assistance through Dignity Matters. Joan and her husband, Richard, have two children. Their daughter lives outside Washington DC and their son is completing his senior year at the University of Connecticut. Having recently completed a major home renovation project, Joan now has more time to enjoy travel, art classes, exploring the local area and volunteering.


Nancy Baker – Fowler, Chapter Leader – Hopkinton, MA

Nancy lives in Hopkinton where she works at the Hopkinton Public Library. She has a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College where she learned about the power of sisterhood and women supporting women.  While she was a stay at home mom for 17 years, she volunteered in the schools and the library and is past president of the Friends of the Hopkinton Library.  Nancy first helped with a drive for Dignity Matters in April 2017, and is now a chapter leader in Hopkinton.  Nancy also works with the donated bras, cleaning and refurbishing them for their new owners and regularly volunteers at Dignity Factory in Framingham. She believes every woman deserves the basic dignity of proper undergarments and menstrual hygiene products.


Margaret (Peggy) Kennedy, Chapter Leader – Walpole, MA

Peggy lives in Walpole with her husband, three children and mischievous wheaten terrier.In 2015, Peggy earned her Master’s degree in Special Education.  She worked at Regis College as an assistant professor and clinical coordinator in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.  Peggy now works as an ultrasound technologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. While Peggy has participated in various volunteer activities in the Walpole school system, the mission of Dignity Matters touched her deeply.  Her work in the medical field gives her the unique perspective on how important it is for all people, no matter their circumstances, to live with dignity.


Christina Daly, Chapter Leader – Melrose, MA

Christina graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her BA in Psychology concentrating in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology. She has always enjoyed working with children and now works in Child Welfare as a Social Worker and continues to try and find ways to support the community. Christina has found herself volunteering with children in hospitals settings and families who need household items, bedding, etc. She believes that all people deserve to be provided with basic needs of survival, and also a sense of self-worth, no matter what trial or tribulation they may find themselves in.  She lives in Melrose with her fiancé Scott and dog Twinn.


Laurie Mills, Chapter Leader – Medfield, MA  

Dignity Matters’ Board Director (see above) and Medfield Chapter Leader.