The directors are in charge of the sanctuary's overall development and succession planning. We are extremely proud of the fact that all of our directors have been a part of the sanctuary since the very first day we opened, on January 1, 2019.
Executive Director Lolita and her ‘ohana (husband Moisés and their two children: Sevastían and Estevan) have volunteered with the sanctuary since Day 1. Lolita started as weekly animal caregivers and immediately stepped up to assist the sanctuary with leading public tours, bookkeeping, and becoming a managing director. Her extensive banking and business management background, coupled with her natural talent for facilitating collaboration, quickly led to her installment as the sanctuary’s Executive Director. Lolita’s educational background consists of a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in their Communication & Information Sciences Inerdicilipnary Ph.D. Program. Her research interests include social media for social good, consumer attitudes towards plant-based proteins, and the recent movement of plant-based products. Her professional experience includes a little over 16 years in the financial sector, where she worked in various roles and served on numerous non-profit boards. In her spare time, Lolita can be found snuggling one of her many rescued companion animals, reading a good book, spending dedicated time with her family, and cooking and baking plant-based foods with her youngest son Sevastian.
Director of Development Korie oversees the sanctuary's fundraising efforts and donor management. She is in charge of sending handwritten love notes to all of the animals' sponsors, as well as crafting up keepsake items, like hoofprint artwork! Korie is always willing to volunteer an extra hand at our sanctuary events. She has so many talents, including baking and sewing, both of which she is constantly spoiling all of the other volunteers with! She is also a foster momma to Charlie the rooster and has helped with other animal rescues, including Sophie and Oliver, the piglets. "Hiyah all, I’m Korie! Aloha Animal Sanctuary is truly my happy place. I feel so lucky to be a part of this place and be around some amazing beings. I work at Kapi’olani on the pediatric unit, and am currently a nursing student. I plan on working as a peds oncology nurse when I graduate. When I’m not hanging out with all the animal residents or studying, I love to cook vegan food, sew, and do anything crafty. There also isn’t a hobby I don’t do or won’t try!"
Co-founder | Director of Animal Care & Public Relations Jessica has always had a passion for working to improve the lives of the underserved, both human and non-human. By trade she is a pediatric nurse, and spent 6 years working in the pediatric ICU at Kapiolani Medical Center. She is currently working as the Lead Nurse at the non-profit Bobby Benson Center (a residential treatment facility for adolescents recovering from trauma, and/or diagnosed with co-occurring disorders). Jessica has also volunteered as a post-anesthesia care nurse with the non-profit Operation Smile, on multiple international surgical missions. Community-centered work has always brought her life meaning and purpose and she has had the privilege to work alongside some very innovative non-profit founders and volunteers. Then the (possibly) obvious-- Jessica has always loved animals, from a very young age. She started her animal rescue work through kitten and bird fostering... before it escalated into pigs and goats! Her favorite part of being a director is being able to spend time with the animals at the sanctuary.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors works collaboratively with the Managing Directors to carry out the sanctuary's mission.
Meet the Managers & Coordinators
Co-Founder | Board of Directors (Chair) Anchi graduated from Cornell University, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and has a background in managing luxury spa operations. Anchi has always considered herself to be an avid animal advocate. She has led multiple animal advocacy groups here on O'ahu, and volunteered at the Humane Society in Oregon before moving to the islands. Prior to 2020, Anchi was balancing being a director at the sanctuary while working as a massage therapist at a resort on O'ahu. During the Covid-19 pandemic, two big life changes happened for Anchi: the resort closed, and Anchi became a new mother to her now nearly 1-year-old baby, Thorin (one of the youngest volunteers at the sanctuary now!). Anchi's resilience and business background led her to open her own small business at the sanctuary, where visitors can receive massages, and 15% of the proceeds come back to the sanctuary. This endeavor financially benefits the sanctuary, and also allows Anchi to continue to volunteer in a leadership role with the sanctuary while managing her other responsibilities. Outside of the sanctuary, Anchi's other interests include dancing, traveling (specifically across Europe), and intersectionalism with other social justice movements.
Co-founder | Board of Directors (Secretary) | Animal Care Manager Hannah was born and raised on the island of O’ahu. She always had a deep love for animals, and envisioned creating a sanctuary before she even knew about the concept of a farmed animal sanctuary. The idea of a place where animals could spend their days in refuge, free from violence and exploitation, had always been her dream. After visiting a sanctuary in her teen years, her vision of starting a farmed animal sanctuary was solidified. At just 20 years old, when the opportunity arose to join the team of co-founders at Aloha Animal Sanctuary, she was ecstatic. Hannah is now a co-founder, Director of Development, and overnight caretaker at Aloha Animal Sanctuary, caring for the animals every day and night. This is her life’s work, and she is grateful for the opportunity to create a safe place for animals and people. She is grateful to use the Sanctuary as an educational platform to raise awareness about animal and environmental issues. Hannah has planned multiple fundraising events for the sanctuary that were entirely zero-waste and emphasized sustainable habits. Her interests and experience in off-grid living have also benefited the sanctuary in the creation of the overnight caretaker office on-site. Hannah is currently a full-time college student and hopes to find a career that allows her to continue volunteering with Aloha Animal Sanctuary for years to come.
Board of Directors (Treasurer)
Volunteer Program Manager Sydney is an environmental activist from Portland Oregon. She is currently traveling the world to learn and to volunteer in conservation efforts. Aloha Animal Sanctuary was her first stop, and it will always be a special place for her. Sydney recently graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with an Associates in Art and Science. She has plans to go back to school next fall, 2020, to either study fire fighting or environmental science and geography. She is passionate about conservation, water safety, swimming, and art.
Overnight Caretaker Brian is a passionate advocate for sustainable living. He has had the good fortune to work alongside and learn from many expert practitioners of 'Permaculture', organic farming, and sustainable living. He is excited to coordinate the gardening, sustainability and food production program at Aloha Animal Sanctuary, to feed the animals and volunteers, and bring together our community to learn together about growing food and Mālama ‘Āina. After moving to Hawai'i five years ago to work in technology and pursue sustainable living he has found the most fulfillment contributing to and promoting with projects Yogarden, Umeke Market, Aloha Animal Sanctuary, and What it Dough, all working to promote sustainable living and/or vegan plant-based lifestyles.
Bookkeeper After experiencing a health scare, I stumbled upon veganism and the more I learned, the more I realized that I could never go back! My first visit to the Aloha Animal Sanctuary was to commemorate my two-year “veganniversary.” It was a magical experience to meet the animals, and even though I am allergic to them, I was committed to helping. With my background in accounting and bookkeeping, I am thrilled to have found another way to help the residents. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Creative Lead | Website Manager Sara has been volunteering with us since the beginning. She in is in charge of the art and design projects occurring at the sanctuary. She is the mastermind behind the sanctuary's logo, web design, and merchandise. She also has been a weekly caregiver for the past few years as well. A Hawai'i native, Sara recently returned to the islands after living on the US continent for 17 years. An avid traveller, she devoted 6 months in 2018 volunteering with various environmental and animal conservation organizations in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.
Sponsorship Coordinator Sara is in charge of sending handwritten love notes to all of the animals' sponsors, as well as crafting up keepsake items, like hoofprint artwork! She was born and raised on O'ahu, and has been rescuing animals for as long as she can remember. She has volunteered with several animal rescue groups and nonprofits on the island. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs, gardening, ceramics, and baking.
Volunteer Day Manager
Visitor Day Manager Niccole was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended college at the University of Washington in Seattle and majored in Art History. She went on to live in Washington for ten years altogether and briefly in Pittsburgh. Niccole has always loved to learn and experience new things. Always turning in the extra credit work, perfecting her detailed notes and enjoying the assigned homework. Career wise she’s tried it all. From working at Home Depot, glass blowing, photography, selling shoes, hosting at a fancy restaurant, working as an exhibition host, planning parties, making drinks as a barista, creating chocolates and caramel apples as a chocolatier, dog wrangling, creating jewelry, working in an upscale salon and finally finding her true calling in the veterinarian field where’s she’s worked with animals for the past six years. Niccole is very passionate about volunteer work. Whether it’s her previous work as a Girl Scout, helping out at the Ronald McDonald House, volunteering with Special Olympics or Hanauma Bay. She has a deep love and appreciation for art, photography, animal rescue work, animal and women’s rights, sustainable living, and tiny homes. A fur mother to two young rescue kitties and two senior pups. Some day in the future she’s hoping to go back to school to become a veterinarian and have a mini animal rescue of her own.
Social Media Manager Hannah has been passionate about animal welfare since she was a small child. Working as a volunteer with a multitude of organizations across the country has equipped her with a diverse set of skills. Hannah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Communications with a minor in English from Tulane University in New Orleans. During her studies, she focused on a variety of subjects, including the meat industry’s impact on the nation's waterways. She currently works as the Social Media Manager at a local Marketing Agency. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, performing, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her cat Scampi.
Co-Founder Nick Pecoraro is one of the original four co-founders of the sanctuary. His organization of animal rights movements in Hawai'i led to the four co-founders meeting each other!