We are a group of people who are laser-focused on our mission: enabling access to free feminine hygiene products and underwear to women and girls who live in poverty. Enabling access to these products allows women to obtain work, boosts school attendance and restores dignity.

Board of Directors, Advisory Board and the Team


Kate Sanetra-Butler
, Founder 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.


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.


Noreen McKeeney, Treasurer

Noreen has over 19 years experience in Public Accounting as an auditor working primarily with entities within the non-profit and affordable housing arenas.  She graduated from Husson University in Bangor, Maine with a B.S. in Accounting.  She is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner. 

Noreen lives in Norwood and is passionate about giving back to the community. She serves as the Treasurer of the Norwood Junior Woman’s Club and volunteers at several non-profit organizations each year.  Her favorite volunteer event is the Christmas in the City party, an event providing homeless children a remarkable Christmas experience.


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.


Rebecca Putnam, Advisory Board Member 

Rebecca has been an active participant in the field of 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 the Massachusetts Exceptional Educator Award 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. 

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



Shawna Erickson, Advisory Board Member

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. 


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, 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. 


Chapter Leaders

Andrea Schneider, Wellesley, MA

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 become our Wellesley Chapter Leader to help even more. Andrea lives in Wellesley with her husband, son and daughter. The whole family enjoys spending time outside: hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing.

Laurie Mills, Medfield, MA  

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 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.

Laurien Bean, 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,  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, 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.

Jody Pongratz, Wayland, MA

Jody is the Director of Music at Good Shepherd Parish, Wayland. She has worked professionally in various social services roles for the last 30 years and has served volunteer organizations like Wayland Youth and Family Services, AFS, and Harvard’s International Host program.  She has helped to grow sponsorship across Metrowest of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) charity, which is today raising more than 3,100 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children across Central and South America.  Jody has an A.B. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard and an MEd from Boston University.  Jody has been especially energized by the outpouring of support for Dignity Matters from her own church, from her kids and their peers. Managing Dignity Matters’ Wayland Chapter since May 2017, Jody lives in Wayland with her husband, is a freelance musician and piano teacher, and is a mother of three adult-now children.

Ivylee Martinez, 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.

Charlotte Hogan, 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, 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?