Get to know us

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 and disadvantaged women and girls in New England have access feminine hygiene products and underwear, in order for them to stay healthy and live with basic dignity.

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 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 career in Professional Services partnering with C-level executives in sales, communications and finance functions across the EMEA, APAC, and ANZ regions.

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

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 a Learning Officer at YPO – the premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world. She also serves as a Board Member 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.

Joan Poundstone, Board Member and Treasurer

Joan Poundstone lives in Wellesley, MA and she brings energetic enthusiasm to her role as Board Member and Treasurer. 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 Massachusetts. 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.

Benjamin Kahrl, Board Member

As the grandson of Pathfinder International founders Clarence and Sarah Gamble, Ben Kahrl has passion for reproductive health and rights in his bones. He has followed the organization his entire life. Todays he serves on the board of directors of Pathfinder, Dignity Matters and The Okoa Project. For more than 20 years, Ben taught high school history throughout Massachusetts—from Plymouth South High School to Dartmouth High School to Brookline High School.

After more than two decades of teaching, Ben is now fully invested in the world of global health, including the movement to eradicate period poverty – the main mission of Dignity Matters.

He recently joined the board of Dignity Matters, where he provides leadership and guidance to the organization.

Ben graduated from Harvard with a AB in history, from Ohio State University with a MA in history, and then received his EdM from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Jennifer Schiller, Board Member and Secretary

Jennifer is currently a freelance writer and advancement consultant, following a successful career in investment banking as well as development, fundraising and communications for a non-profit. After 10 years working in the private sector in investment banking, she served in various leadership roles for the Archdiocese of Boston, most notably leading an annual conference for women which attracted up to 5,000 attendees annually. In her most recent role Jennifer was The Director of Institutional Advancement for an independent private girls school in the Boston area for 10 years.

She deeply believes in the mission of Dignity Matters and in supporting local disadvantaged women and girls in a practical way as evidenced by her current volunteer work serving incarcerated women at a local MCI-Framingham (Women’s Prison). She holds a B.A. from Loyola University Maryland in Business and Finance. Her professional development includes successfully completing numerous advancement courses through Independent School Management. She writes a regular blog on choosing joy daily.

Jennifer lives in Holliston with her husband Peter, has three children and a dog.

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 8 years and since October 2017, she is managing Dignity Matters’ Medfield Chapter and serves as a Board Member.

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 access to menstrual 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.

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.

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. </span >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.

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.

Our Team

Meryl Glassman, Development Director

Meryl Glassman brings nearly 20 years of fundraising and development experience to Dignity Matters. She has chosen to work with organizations that focus on equity in health and the arts, including Partners In Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and The Young@Heart Chorus.

Meryl became aware of Dignity Matters after serving on the boards of The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club and The Wellesley Mother Forum. She is committed to helping women achieve their full potential through equitable access to school and professional opportunities, both locally and around the globe.

Meryl holds a BA in Psychology and Biology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She lives in Wellesley with her husband and two children.

Maureen Winkler-Belger, Foundation Relations Officer

Maureen lives in Hopkinton and first heard about Dignity Matters from her friend and 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 collection drives and working in the factory in Framingham. Given her previous experience in grant awarding and writing, after 2 successful years of volunteering, Maureen became Dignity Matters’ grant writer.

Maureen is also the manager of the parish hall at St. John the Evangelist Church. 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.

Amanda Boralessa, Outreach and Volunteer Manager

Amanda’s passion for volunteerism and making change in her own community drew her to Dignity Matters. She has volunteered in 15 nonprofits across the US and abroad for causes focused on poverty alleviation, children’s health, education, disaster relief and immigrant rights. She previously developed her own service organization, Compassion in Action, which connected volunteers with nonprofits in need.

When Amanda first learned about Dignity Matters, the mission immediately resonated with her since she had been aware of period poverty globally, but did not realize its prevalence in Massachusetts. She is committed to eliminating period poverty and hygiene security, which she sees as essential to fulfilling our basic human rights.

Amanda holds a BA in Liberal Arts with focus in International Relations from Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA. She resides in Framingham.

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 years. This role confirmed her passion for helping woman and families in need.

When Andrea first learned about 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 Matters’ Distribution Manager. </span >Andrea lives in Wellesley with her husband, son and daughter.

Nancy Frantz, Coordinator

Nancy is committed to women helping women, as sometimes it is the only help available. She has volunteered with several organizations, but felt a real calling to help support this basic need for woman and girls.

With a masters degree in Library Science, Nancy is adept at organizing, and has chosen to use those skills to help with the constant flux of products and volunteers at Dignity Matters. This is a role that also allows her to get others involved in this vital work, and spread the word about this other “inconvenient truth”.

Nancy lives in Needham with her husband, where they raised their two grown sons.

Alison Quackenbush, Coordinator

Alison joined Dignity Matters as a volunteer after retiring from teaching in order to be more available to her elderly mother. She is excited to take on the role of Inventory and Office Manager and to become more involved in the good work being done at Dignity Matters. Prior to this, Alison raised three children, taught preschool and kindergarten, and held various leadership roles in the PTOs of her children’s schools.

Alison holds a BA in elementary education from Wheelock College and a Master’s degree in Reading from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In addition to her work at Dignity Matters, Alison volunteers with Literacy Unlimited where she tutors adult students in basic literacy and English as a second language. Alison lives in Framingham with her husband and her dog Cessna.

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.

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.

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.

Allison Leibowitz, Chapter Leader – Hudson, MA

Allison has lived in Hudson, Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters since 2000, aside from a 5-year relocation to West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a certified Project Manager and has worked for Fresenius Medical Care in Waltham since 2012. Allison serves as Community Service chair for the Fresenius Women’s Employee Resource Group and learned about Dignity Matters while exploring community service outreach for her fellow employees. She led a successful Drive in January of 2019 at Fresenius and was so moved by the mission of Dignity Matters, she decided to begin a chapter in her town.  Allison also leads annual walking teams and fundraising for the National Kidney Foundation at her company and has been a Girl Scout Volunteer with her daughters’ troops going on 18 years. She is hoping to bring awareness to her beloved Hudson community and grow support to help local women in need.

Liz Henderson, Co-Chapter Leader – Natick, MA

Liz is originally from Scotland and graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry and a MSc in Quality Management from the University of Paisley. She worked as university administrator before moving to the USA in 2002. She lived in South Bend for 15 years. During her time in Indiana, she was a President of PTO for 2 years and she also worked for the fair trade store Ten Thousand Villages.

She moved to Massachusetts in 2017 continuing works for in Ten Thousand Villages in Boston and also in the library of the local elementary school. However, she wanted to become more involved in a non profit focusing on local women. That’s when she read an article about Dignity Matters in the newspaper. Growing up in Scotland, she had never heard of period poverty before. Access to sanitary products was just something she had taken for granted and was shocked to see the problem existed here in the States. She immediately knew that her work for Dignity Matters would help improve the lives of many underserved women/girls in MA.

She is excited for her new role as Chapter Leader in Natick. She is now an empty nester and lives in Natick with her husband and her dog Millie.

Charlotte Hogan, Chapter Leader – Sharon, MA

Charlotte lives in Sharon, MA with her husband, four children, and rescue dog and cat. She is a </span >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.

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?

Nancy Baker-Fowler, Co-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 raising kids, she volunteered in the schools and the library and is the 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 also regularly volunteers at Dignity Factory in Framingham and manages shifts with new volunteers. She believes every woman deserves the basic dignity of proper undergarments and menstrual hygiene products.

Mary Krattenmaker, Co-Chapter Leader – Hopkinton, MA

Mary  grew up in Short Hills, NJ and now resides in Hopkinton, MA. She graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a B.S. in Public Administration. In college she interned on Capital Hill for Senator Bill Bradley of NJ. While at George Mason, she enjoyed taking the bus to a homeless shelter in Washington D.C. to help cook and serve food. During summer Mary worked at the Wall Street Charity Fund. Post graduation she worked at Sallie Mae in Reston VA where she assisted the Community Relations group with charity fundraising events. She visited a Maryland Hospital often where she loved to rock and cuddle babies to comfort them.  Mary also worked for Oracle Corporation but in 2003 she decided to stay at home to raise her twins. Over the years, she also has volunteered on the board of the HPTA as a Co-VP at the elementary schools.

Currently, Mary is assisting with admissions for the Ron Burton Training Village. Out to dinner one night with a friend, that friend shared with Mary her volunteer work at Dignity Matters. Mary had to get involved once she heard the mission and needs of disadvantaged women and girls.

Margaret Kennedy, Chapter Leader – Walpole, MA

Peggy lives in Walpole with her husband, three children and mischievous wheaten terrier. 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 at Beth Israel Lahey Health. 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.

Alycyn Billings, Chapter Leader – Topsfield, MA

Alycyn lives in Topsfield, with her husband, two children, two cats, and numerous chickens. Currently a stay at home mom, she is an active volunteer in her town, particularly enjoying her involvement with local schools and the town library.

Alycyn believes that helping others is one of the most important things we can do as a community. She was shocked to learn of the overwhelming need for access to basic personal hygiene products for so many of her fellow women in Massachusetts, and immediately knew she had to get involved with Dignity Matters and help support their mission. Having practiced school psychology in public schools for more than a decade, and as the mother of an almost teen, she was particularly struck by the impact a lack of feminine hygiene products can have on young women’s ability to regularly attend school.

A former school psychologist, Alycyn graduated from Siena College with her B.A. in Psychology and earned her M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. in School Psychology at UMass Boston.

Kayla Buchanan – Craig, Co-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, her son, and a cat.

Judi Locke, Co-Chapter Leader, Framingham, MA

Judi retired from the Framingham Public Schools after teaching for 29 years. It is important to her to give back to others. When she read about Dignity Matters it rattled her to think that students stay home from school, because they do not have what they need and women are unable to purchase feminine hygiene products.  Judi knew she needed to be part of this organization to help girls and women feel supported.

Judi also volunteers for Jewish Family Services as a Patient Navigator, and volunteers for Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy as a reading tutor at the Mary Stapleton School in Framingham.

Judi lives in Framingham with her husband where they raised their son and daughter.

Jeanne Norton, Chapter Leader – Wellesley, MA

Jeanne, originally from Long Island, NY, lives in Wellesley, MA. As a mother of 4 daughters, Jeanne was instantly drown to the mission of Dignity Matters. She could not imagine any of her girls going without the common need of Feminine Hygiene supplies. Jeanne has very much enjoyed volunteering in our warehouse for the past year where she will continue to volunteer and is looking forward to her new role as Wellesley’s Chapter Leader. Dignity Does Matter.

Jeanne graduated from Merrimack College ‘92 and worked for many years travel industry. Bedsides Dignity Matters, Jeanne also fundraises for Suicide Prevention.

Laurie Mills, Chapter Leader – Medfield, MA

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