We are a group of people who are laser-focused on our mission: improving the lives of those women around us who desperately need our help to access the basic items that enable them to live with dignity. These items are tampons, sanitary napkins, bras and underpants.

Our Leadership

Board Members and Officers


Kate Sanetra-Butler
, Founder and CEO

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.


Rebecca Putnam
, Board Member and Treasurer

Rebecca has been an active participant in the field of early childhood education for the past 14 years and has taken on the role of educator, supervisor, director, professor, advocate, and leader throughout a variety of educational settings. 

She is the Vice President and Public Policy Chair for the Worcester Area Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Director of the Regis College Children’s Center. She is a professor at Regis College, Becker College, and Dean College. She speaks nationally, and she is the winner of multiple awards in the field of early childhood education and management (including Massachusetts Exceptional Educator Award Winner in 2013, and National Children’s Tylenol Child Care Award in 2011 and 2013).

Rebecca lives in Northborough, MA, and she is passionate about community service. She is an active member of multiple committees dedicated to enriching the lives of children and their families.

Rebecca graduated from Wheelock College with a M.A.Ed in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, and from York College of Pennsylvania with B.S. in Elementary Education.

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.

Nicky Monahan, Board Member and COO

Born in Zimbabwe, Nicky grew up in South Africa and moved to the UK when she was 25 years old. With a love of travel and making the world a better place, she drove a grease-car from Washington DC to Costa Rica on vegetable oil promoting alternative fuels and visiting many bio diesel communities.  In London she worked for a global advertising agency in business development before moving to Boston nearly 5 years ago.

Nicky lives in Medfield, MA with her husband, son and two vizsla’s. On the weekends you’ll find them hiking the trails with her group, Viz Whizz Boston.

Advisory Board

Shawna Erickson, Advisory Board and Fundraising

Shawna has over 15 years of professional non-profit experience across the arts, public k-12 education, and higher education. She is a passionate advocate for educational access and driving change through innovative programming with foci on bridging short and long term impact, diversified funding streams and sustainability. She has been recognized with a “Community Builder” award from the United Way of Central Massachusetts and a “Thomas Jefferson Award” from the Worcester Public Schools. She has volunteered for numerous organizations including the Worcester Center for Crafts, the Sterling Local Cultural Council, and Citizen Schools.

Currently the Director of Institutional Support for Regis College, Shawna holds a B.A. from Stonehill College in multidisciplinary studies, a M.A. from UMass Amherst in art history, a M.S. from Worcester State University in nonprofit management, and a post masters certificate from Regis College in higher education leadership.

 

Polly Mendoza, Advisory Board 

Polly is a native of Weston, Massachusetts 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 used her development and management skills to found her own nonprofit organization, HILLS, Inc. based in Denver, Colorado where Polly lived and directed HILLS for 8 years. HILLS continues to be a top resource for recreation and social programs for people with developmental disabilities while providing much needed respite care for families.

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.

Corrie Dretler, Advisory Board 

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 Friends of Thai Daughters, an NGO providing safe housing and education for girls and young women at risk of being trafficked in Thailand. Through the Wayland Public Library TESOL program, she provides English language tutoring to adults. As a member of the Wayland Youth Advisory Committee, she advises and oversees the Wayland Youth and Family Services and Wayland Cares. She enjoys being an active volunteer in her children’s schools and a volunteer coach 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.

Patricia Riseman, Advisory Board 

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, women’s empowerment issues, and organizations involved with racial and economic justice.

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.  

Other Key Leaders


Samantha Nguyen, Marketing

Sam is a lover of food, supporter of science, and creative enthusiast. Earlier in her career, her work was performed on lab benches with Erlenmeyer flasks and tedious chemical mechanistic illustrations which she then traded in for hex codes, email campaigns, and branding strategy.

Sam currently manages six brands for AMN Healthcare under the nursing division. Her focus is on sourcing strategy and operations where she practices Lean Six Sigma for BPI. From 2012 – 2015 Sam was the public relations chair for a humanitarian organization called MEMO (serving the underpriviledged Vietnamese communities by addressing their medical and educational needs). During at her time at MEMO she helped triple the growth of the UCSD chapter and spread the word about MEMO’s mission.

She graduated with her B.S. from the University of California San Diego and currently resides in sunny California. 

 

Andrea Schneider, Community Outreach 

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 in her community and beyond. 

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

 

Christina LoBianco Mullin, Fundraising 

Christina has long been a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She began her fundraising career at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, MA, where she held the positions of Assistant Director of Development, Director of Annual Fund, and Campaign Officer. She also served on various school boards and committees and lead all fundraising events.    

Christina received her B.A. from Stonehill College in 2002 with a double major in Communications and Fine Arts.

She lives in Wellesley, MA, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

 

 

 Aileen Wilson, Accountant

Aileen has over 30 years’ experience in Accounting, in industries such as Higher Education, Conservation International non-profit, and Animal Rescue. Currently she is semi-retired and acts as the Accounting Manager for the non-profit outsourced division of AAFCPA in Westborough.

Aileen has a B.S. from Suffolk University in Government and Economics and also earned a Master in Business. She is passionate about animal rescue causes and making sure all people have access to the essentials needed to live with dignity. Aileen has volunteered in the last years for Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club as well the Hudson Senior Center. Aileen lives in Hudson and is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren and two awesome cats.

Chapter Leaders

Jennifer Richtsmeier,  Framingham MA

Jennifer Richtsmeier 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 (her brother can vouch for this). Originally from Michigan, she relocated to MA in 2005 to volunteer with Americorps, the US-domestic version of the Peace Corps. She immediately fell in love with the idea of helping others build better lives for themselves. She was assigned to work with at-risk and homeless youth, igniting her passion for working with kids! She later went on to earn her Masters of Social Work degree from Smith College and now enjoys giving back to her community by advocating for the safety and security of seniors. Jennifer resides in Framingham with her husband and two pets, Henry and Jasper. She enjoys hiking, golfing, and traveling with her husband.

Kim Spelman, Director, Georgia

Raised in Reading Massachusetts by parents who spent their lives volunteering within their community, it was no surprise that Kim aspires to do the same.  While attending Simmons College, Kim began volunteering at Rosie’s Place and Big Sister and was struck by how much better her life was by just spending a few hours a month helping others.  Kim’s career in healthcare proved to be a perfect match for her desire to help others. After moving to Savannah, Georgia in 2013, Kim joined O’Grady Peyton International assisting nurses and their families immigrating to the US.  She is also a passionate volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Savannah, as well as the Savannah Community Representative for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. 

Kim launched Dignity Matters in her new hometown of Savannah, Georgia and is honored to serve the 12000+ homeless women and near 5,000 single mothers living below the poverty level.  She looks forward to expanding Dignity Matters throughout The Peach State.