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 has been volunteering with the sanctuary since the very start. Outside of volunteering Korie works as a neonatal ICU nurse and credits the sanctuary to surviving nursing school. When not working or volunteering she loves to make vegan food, hike, and craft. There isn't a hobby out there she doesn't have or try at least once.
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 8 years working in the pediatric ICU at Kapi'olani Medical Center. She is currently employed with Doctors Without Borders. 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's happy place is where and when she is surrounded by content animals living out their lives in the wild or places they can thrive. Anchi believes that fostering connection and reciprocity with nature and our non-human brethren on the planet, is essential for our individual and collective planetary health. Co-founding Aloha Animal Sanctuary was a dream come true. Anchi is still in awe of the power of community, and what we can do when we come together with a shared vision. After three years acting as a Managing Director at the Sanctuary, Anchi has now transitioned solely into her role as the current Chair of the Board of Directors. A graduate of Cornell University, Anchi has a background in luxury spa operation management and is a Licensed Massage therapist. Anchi has an entrepreneurial spirit and has started several boutique Massage businesses, including Sanctuary Spa; a boutique glamping spa experience located on the Sanctuary property (15% of proceeds go back to the animals). Leading up to co-founding the Sanctuary, Anchi was very involved volunteering with other animal rescue organizations as well as leadership in grassroots community organizations doing animal rights activism. Anchi is currently a graduate student in the Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy program at Lewis and Clark College. Anchi loves going on adventures with her son, taking dance classes, and dreaming of future travels.
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.