Our Mission: 

To help children who live in extreme poverty by providing for their basic needs: food, clean water, shelter and education.  

Founded in 2015, Lee Sisters has a vision of helping impoverished children around the world live better lives. Sanna and Satu started the organization after Sanna traveled to Africa in 2013.  Seeing the desperate need for help, the sisters resolved to find a way to make a difference in the lives of children without hope.  

Sanna and Satu grew up in Northern Minnesota. Today both sisters are mothers to their own children.

Lee Sisters Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.

  Sanna, in Kenya

Sanna, in Kenya

Sanna Lee, Founder & Director 

In addition to being a mother, Sanna is founder of Benet, Inc., a marketing company and co-founder of Taylee Staffing Inc., a recruiting firm specialized in the life sciences industry.  Sanna received her Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

Sanna combines her entrepreneurial energy, practical business management skills and love of travel to maximize return on investment as measured by food, aid and education services delivered. 

Read My Story & the 'Why' Behind Lee Sisters


Satu Lee, Co-Founder

Satu has nearly a decade of business development experience in the medical device and cellular technology industries.  When her corporate experience left her desiring more, Satu applied her skill set to the non-profit mission of delivering education services to the impoverished.  Satu received her Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Minnesota.  

Satu is a blue belt in jiu jitsu.  Her fierce nature, highly organized approach, and passion are the driving force behind the foundation's fundraising operations.  

Sandy Williams, Ph.D. - Board Member

Sandy is a biomedical engineering expert in regenerative medicine, bioreactors and mechanical testing.  She completed her B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.   She continued her postdoctoral training while consulting for ElectroForce Systems Group (ESG) of Bose Corporation.  Sandy joined Bose Corporation in 2005 and spent 10 years as an applications engineer, market manager for tissue engineering and biomaterials, biologics business unit manager and director of market/product vision development and customer satisfaction.  She is currently running her own consulting company, Access Biomedical Solutions helping clients in the biomedical industry.  

Sandy is very actively engaged in volunteer professional activities in the biomedical field as a journal and grant reviewer, ABET program evaluator and ASTM standards development chair.  She is passionate about giving back and helping others reach their full potential.  


Ruth Koech, Board Member - Kenya

In 2017, Ruth was appointed as the Minister of Health for Nandi County in Kenya.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and Biology and a Master’s in Public Health Management, with a background in the health sector for over two decades. She has worked as a healthcare provider and as a Public Health Administrator for Iowa State Public Health Department in the USA and in this role, was responsible for a budget of over $2,500,000. Ruth is married with four children and lives in Kapsabet, Kenya. 

 Edinah & Sanna

Edinah & Sanna

Edinah Rotich, Board Member - Kenya

Edinah Rotich is a Kenyan female volleyball player. She is part of the KCB Volleyball Team.  Previously, she was managed by and played for the Kenyan women's national volleyball team.  Between 2014 and 2015, Edinah worked in the office of the First Lady of Kenya, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta as her Aide-de-Camp.  Currently, Edinah is the Director of Aspire Sports, an agency in Nairobi that nurtures talents in boys and girls volleyball, basketball and football.  She also is an Ambassador for the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). 


Elly Kurgat, Board Member - Kenya

Elly is a 28 year old self-motivated, strategic thinking professional with over 5 years experience managing multiple projects in non-profit and quasi-government sectors. He serves as the Minister of Sports in Nandi County and brings his integrity and a strong work ethic to the Lee Sisters team. 

Elly has demonstrated experience developing intervention strategies that address youth radicalization in high risk environments. He has practical experience designing, sourcing funds and implementing ideas geared towards addressing youth unemployment and community development. He has been extensively involved in community youth mentorship programs and initiatives; while in college, he was part of the robust team that formed the Kalenjin Youth Outreach programme that targeted mentorship and support of youths in schools and colleges.

Elly has widely consulted with international donor agencies on multi-cultural projects and supported their implementations, simultaneously. 


Eric Martin, Intern

Eric is a junior pursuing a Real Estate major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He is involved in several organizations and groups on campus such as Enactus, the University St. Thomas Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble. In his free time, Eric enjoys going on unique culinary adventures, traveling, spending time with his family and friends, and going to the gym. Eric is a strong believer in philanthropy and believes in giving back to his community. He is excited to work with the Lee Sisters Foundation and help spread their mission which he holds close to his heart.