Our team

Lisa Vollen

Lisa Vollen is the founder of Sweet Sanctuary. Her passion for working with refugee women stemmed from her background as the Employment Program Manager at International Rescue Committee. She is passionate about helping women who are new to the United States discover their strengths and build them so that they can achieve their dreams. She has taught all ages in Mexico, Arizona, and California. She has facilitated many cross-cultural workshops between refugees from all over the world, taught career development, and vocational ESL. She has also worked in food export, helping small businesses to market their products internationally. In her spare time, her favorite places to be are in the kitchen inventing her latest healthy recipe, or on top of a mountain. She hopes to spread her love for refugees, healthy treats, and career development through the Sweet Sanctuary.



Jess Peete


Jess loves food from all around the world and is excited to support the Sweet Sanctuary Bakery as the company’s online brand manager. She has experience with online marketing, including designing automated infrastructure,  monitoring the consumer life cycle for different products, and ultimately creating campaigns that take leads from clicks to purchase.




Hiroko Oji


Hiroko is passionate about social business which promotes the empowerment of women. She has worked with NGOs which protect and support the social integration of the abused migrant women and the female victims of human trafficking, respectively in China and Cambodia.   Using these experiences, Hiroko manages the training curriculum for the bakers at Sweet Sanctuary.