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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 used her development and management skills to found 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. 

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 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.

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.  

Jody Pongratz, Wayland, MA

Jody is the Director of Music at the Good Shepherd Parish, Wayland and a life-long freelance musician and piano teacher. Jody has an A.B. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard and an MEd from Boston University. While at Harvard, Jody was active in music ministry at St. Paul’s and was a member of the Harvard Catholic Student Center. Jody has sung with the Harvard/Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Back Bay Chorale, John Oliver Chorale, and other chamber groups in Cambridge. Over the years Jody has been involved with many non-profits and since May 2017 she manages Dignity Matters’ Wayland Chapter. Jody lives in Wayland with her husband and she is a mother of three adult-now children. 

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.

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.

Lisa Nourse, Avon, MA

Born in Connecticut, lived most of her life in Massachussets. She currently lives in Avon with her husband, her son, a dog, and 2 cats. Lisa became aware of Dignity Matters in the fall of 2017 and immediately wanted to help. She had no idea the struggles homeless women and girls are facing in getting feminine hygiene products. She wanted to get involved to help women living in critical poverty so Dignity Matters was a perfect fit. Lisa loves watching movies, reading books, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.