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Nothing should stand in a woman’s way,

especially access to menstrual products.

Renewing Dignity’s MISSION is TO PROVIDE period products to women and girls in northeast florida WHO CAN’T AFFORD THEM.



Jan Healy

Founder, President

“I was shocked and saddened to learn that a lack of period supplies was a problem in our community, but I knew with strategic partners and generous donors, we could fix this.” Jan is an active community volunteer. In addition to founding Renewing Dignity, current and previous Board commitments include: Women’s Giving Alliance; The Beaches Community Fund; The Bolles School Trustee; Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens; Planned Parenthood; Discovery Montessori School; Hubbard House; Take Stock in Children Mentor; Read USA, Leadership Jacksonville (Class of 1996).  Jan worked previously with The Shircliff Group, (Jacksonville, FL) and Andersen Consulting (Miami, FL). She graduated from the University of Florida with a BSBA and an MBA. She and her husband, Chuck Hyman, have two children, and live with their golden retriever in Atlantic Beach, FL.

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Martha Baker

Founding Board Member, Secretary

Martha is a community volunteer who is actively involved in philanthropy and leadership of numerous organizations. She currently serves as a trustee of The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, The Baptist Health Foundation, the WJCT Foundation and as the Chair of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens board. Martha is also a co-founder of the Beaches Community Fund and co-chaired the Women’s Collective Giving Network’s 2017 National Leadership Forum. She is a founding member of the Women’s Giving Alliance and a member of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. A native of North Carolina, she is a graduate of Davidson College (BA) and Duke University (MA).


Margaret Gomez

Founding Board Member and Treasurer

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Patti Hughes

Founding Board Member

Patti Hughes is the Founder/CEO/Creative Director of Natural Life, a lifestyle brand founded over 20 years ago. The mission of Natural Life is to inspire people to Give & Live Happy.  Patti grew up in a creative household and discovered she had the same passion as her mother for making things. The gifts her mother quietly passed down to her not only gave her the courage and knowledge to start her own business, but the talent to create things people love! Patti enjoys every aspect of the company and still oversees every single detail of every product that is made.  She has three daughters, Madison, Halle and Gracie, and her biggest hope is that they will discover their passion, so they can enjoy life doing what they love.  Patti lives in Ponte Vedra Beach and enjoys spending quality time with her daughters and playing with her two golden retriever fur babies “Huck” and “Harley”.


Dr. Marta Perez

Founding Board Member

Marta Perez M.D. is a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Jacksonville, FL. She was born and raised in Jacksonville before leaving to attend college at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., medical school in Nashville, TN at Vanderbilt University, and obtaining her residency training at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Her practice centers on individualized, evidenced-based care for women throughout their lifetime with a special passion for contraception, healthy and high-risk pregnancy, post-partum depression, painful and heavy periods, and fibroid care. Her practice for women's health and advocacy extends outside the doctor's office through her educational social media account (@dr.martaperez), experiences testifying in the Missouri state capitol against restrictive reproductive legislation, and becoming a founding Board member of Renewing Dignity. She lives in Atlantic Beach and enjoys running, yoga, and cooking.




Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL). FNEFL is Our Community Food Bank – the community’s largest hunger-relief network, working to establish food security across eight counties in Northeast Florida. More than 283,000 individuals in Northeast Florida struggle to put food on the table.


The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (TCF).  TCF connects people who care with causes that matter. Since 1964, they have served citizens through a range of charitable and civic activities, while helping individual donors achieve their philanthropic goals. Their mission is “stimulating philanthropy to build a better community.”


Women’s Giving Alliance (WGA).  WGA envisions a world in which all women and girls can reach their full potential and live healthy, enriching lives. The Women’s Giving Alliance is a vibrant giving circle community of almost 500 strategic philanthropists in Northeast Florida.


(generous contributors of $1,000 or more)…

  • Martha and Tom Baker

  • Joanne Gelfand

  • Margaret Gomez

  • Janet S. Healy

  • Lindsay Helm

  • Patti Hughes

  • Charles D. Hyman

  • Scott McGehee

  • Carol Kennedy

  • Ryan Schwartz

  • Mrs. C. Herman Terry

  • The Community Foundation for NEFL

  • Nina Waters

  • Ellen Wiss

  • Mark and Jette Wood