catrina howard

President & CEO

Catrina M. Howard is the Founder and President/CEO of Saving Another Female Enlistee NFP (S.A.F.E.). Ms. Howard created the organization to address the concerns and problems of women veterans reintegrating back into civilian life; particularly those who experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST) while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Their stories have revealed the challenging circumstances of coping without viable support systems in the military. The resultant effect is that these women return back to civilian society psychologically and socially damaged. Many suffer from homelessness, poor health, and untreated or undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders.

Ms. Howard has a history of working with the public and public service. She has been employed with the Chicago Public Schools as a Building/Stationary Engineer and the Chicago Park District. She actively served in the United States Navy (USN) as an Engineman from 1983 to 1989 prior to her civilian occupations. She is currently completing an M.P.A. program in Non Profit Organizational Management at Keller Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Tammye Mathews, ND


Dr. Tammye Mathews, ND, the Founder and CEO of Restored by Tammye Inc. is a native of the South Suburbs of Chicago. She is a graduate of Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, IL. Ms. Mathews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Pre-medicine from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and has received her certifications in the following areas: Holistic Health Consultant, Life Coach, Entrepreneur, Akashic Record Reading, Sankofa Rites of Passage for Women, Medical Representative, and Pharmaceutical Management.

Dr. Mathews has studied Medicine for over 15 years. She studied Naturopathic Medicine for 8 years. She teaches Detoxification of the Mind, Body, & Spirit Classes; as well as, assists clients in their transition to a healthier lifestyle as a Life Coach. Dr. Mathews is a national speaker who has spoken for The Illinois Association of Minorities in Government Conference, The Chicago Women’s Conference, The Association of Black Psychologists Chicago Chapter, Northwest Mississippi College and Elgin Community College.

Our Mission and Vision is to provide people with the resources to achieve balance through their personal journey to Self Mastery and to empower people globally to live healthier lives through Holistic Healing of the Mind, Body, & Spirit.

Lenore A. Smith


Lenore A. Smith is the Senior Human Resource Manager at Sodexo Industries. Joining Sodexo in 2009, she is responsible for all human resources functions, as well as collaborating with TAG. Her responsibility include recruitment and retention of top talent, leadership and career development, information management, classification and compensation, liaise with internal and external stakeholders on employee benefits, payroll, and corporate policy review.

Smith has over seventeen years of leadership development and human resources management. Prior to joining Sodexo, she was the human resource administrator at WellPoint Inc., of Westchester, Illinois. There she assisted the completion of post-acquisition and payroll, benefit systems integration and organizational investigations and audits ensuring corporate equal employment integrity adhere to federal laws and state regulations. Prior to WellPoint Inc., she worked with Giddens & Mitchell, PC, Decatur, Georgia.

Smith holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Southern Illinois University. She is a member of Society of Human Resources Management and served as a licensed Real Estate Agent from 1996 to 2013. Her charitable contribution include volunteering: Vision of Hope for Aid’s Awareness Gala, Sodexo Hunger Foundation (Chicago Food Depository, Back to School Health & Wellness Picnic & Run), South Suburbs PADS, First Baptist Church of University Park, Community Awareness, Food & Clothes to the Homeless, and South Suburbs Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)

our vision


To encourage and empower female veterans through support services and offer a safe haven for them to gather.

our mission


To provide affordable housing and support services for homeless women veterans.