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.
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 in her community have access to basic necessities, in order for them to stay healthy, and regain self-confidence and dignity.
She lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, together with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She graduated from the University of Sydney (Australia), with a Master’s degree in Art History, and also holds both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in International Tourism from the University of Physical Education, Krakow (Poland). Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland), and Certificate in Proficiency of English from Cambridge University (UK).
Passion for business, tourism and meeting people of different cultures led Kate to a 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.
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 and 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, Massachusetts 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 an MEd in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, and from York College of Pennsylvania with BS in Elementary Education.
Kasia Rosenberg, Board Member
Kasia is a devoted children’s and animal rights activist. She is a CASA DC member advocating on behalf of children who have open abuse or neglect cases in the DC Family Court. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Gregg, and her adopted dog Amber. She is an autodidact who is passionate about programming and she founded and leads Digital Machinations, which provides web development and mobile application development services to business clients.
She graduated from Jagiellonian University in Poland and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with degrees in business and management, graduating with honors.
Eliza Mosurick, 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.
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, part of AMN Healthcare, 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.
Polly Mendoza, Advisory Board
Polly is a native of Weston, Massachusetts and a graduate of Concord Academy and Boston College with a BA 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. While there she managed a variety of programs that strengthened the organizational capacity of local communities and gave youth the necessary tools and resources to succeed. 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 the last 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 that have a strong and meaningful impact on our diverse communities in Massachusetts.
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, Tom, 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 Master’s 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. Pat is honored and pleased to be on the Advisory Board of Dignity Matters.
Andrea Schneider, Community Outreach
Andrea graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and worked in advertising in both Boston and San Francisco for twelve years before having children and taking on the role of full time mom and volunteer.
She has volunteered for the Wellesley Mothers Forum in a variety of capacities over the past three years, welcoming new members, planning their annual speaker series on parenting topics, running a nature group, and most recently as the Community Outreach Director. This role confirmed her passion for helping woman and families in need in her community and beyond. She has also volunteered in her children’s schools organizing parenting education and community service events.
Andrea lives in Wellesley, MA with her husband, son and daughter. The whole family enjoys spending time outside: hiking, biking, running, swimming, boating and fishing when it’s warm and skiing and snowshoeing when it’s cold!
Priscilla Boerger, Community Outreach
Priscilla’s passion and dedication for over twenty years has been for education and giving back to the community at large. She has actively supported a variety of education and community organizations, including coordinating book drives for children in low socio-economic communities, organizing free weekend tutoring for the children of local farmworkers, and working with the American Association of Caregiving Youth. She has been also involved for 4 years with Hannah’s Socks non-profit.
She started her professional career in the public-school sector as an elementary school teacher in Florida. She has worked for two decades in the education sector, including as a professor at Lynn University in Boca Raton, and she served as the President of the Florida Association for Teacher Educators. In 2015, she moved to Weston, Massachusetts, where she works at Regis College as Chair of the Department of Education and program director.
At Dignity Matters, Priscilla reaches out to her local communities to raise awareness of our mission of supporting homeless women with feminine hygiene products and underwear.
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 Bachelor of Arts from Stonehill College in 2002 with a double major in Communications and Fine Arts.
She lives in Wellesley, MA, with her husband, two children (Liam and Lauren) and two dogs. Christina is thrilled to be Dignity Matters’ Director of Fundraising.
Jennifer Keller, Community Outreach
James Butler, Director of Internships
James recently joined Dignity Matters to manage Internships and to help ensure interns’ time spent with Dignity Matters is as productive and enriching as possible.
James is Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing at Shorelight Education, where he leads student recruitment for Shorelight’s university partnerships. James manages a team of more than 70 staff across 16 countries, and has over 20 years of direct management experience.
James was formerly Vice President of Sales at Study Group, leading and overseeing the global revenue generation activities for Australia and New Zealand, and before that General Manager, Sales and Marketing at UTS:Insearch. Previously he held senior sales and marketing positions at Microsoft and Metia, UK.
James received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and an M.B.A. from the University of Sydney (in progress).