Our Administrative Team
Sakalananda (Kelly) Goss, Business Manager
Reporting to the Board of Directors and Swami Nirmalananda, Sakalananda serves the organization by bringing our vision and mission into practicality. On a day-to-day basis, it means leading our staff and sevites so that they can serve you. As a SVA Board member, Sakalananda brings deep experience with our operational needs. As a longtime Svaroopi, Sakalananda says, "I am here to serve." She accepts this role with profound knowledge and experience of Svaroopa® practices as well as of our community and organization.
Datri (Nora) Beckjord, Head Enrollment Advisor
Kusuma (Karobi) Sachs, Enrollment Advisor
Rukmini (Maria) Abbruzzi, Swami's Teaching Assistant
Lydia Haas, Programs Manager
Marika Zongor, Guest Services Coordinator
Marika makes sure you have all the information you need to make your trip here and your stay with us comfortable. She draws from a varied background to support you, from having run a B&B to a decade in hospitality and education services. She says, “I believe that I am exactly where I’m meant to be at this time. I hope to give to Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram in as bountiful a way as I am already seeing that I’ll be receiving from this beautiful community. I look forward to meeting you all and contributing my expertise to our Guest Services team, to make your experience here as fulfilling as possible.”
Chiti Aion, Administrative Assistant
Chiti's behind-the-scenes work includes the bits and bytes and the many other tasks that help keep operations running smoothly. Along with her technical support, Chiti’s infectious energy brings a smile to the faces of staff and students. Chiti says, “What an opportunity and pleasure it is to give back and serve the Ashram and the Svaroopi community.”
Kristin Dougherty, Administrative Assistant
Now assisting in our Communications & Publications, Kristin brings us 20 years of customer service and administrative skills. Kristin is now the behind-the-scenes sender of your upcoming program and retreat emails. Kristin says, "I am honored by the opportunity to bring my experiences to SVA. I look forward to serving and learning from this beautiful community."
Virginia McNamee, Bookkeeper
Her professional education and her experience in different industries make Virginia able to provide the administrative support we need to serve you well. This important position ensures that we are effectively using your donations and tuitions to support our mission and vision.
Anthony Corrado, Ashram Chef
Aptly describing himself as a Culinary Artist & Renaissance Man, Anthony says, “The journeys of my life have presented a myriad of experiences, teachings, challenges and blessings. My role at the Ashram allows me to create and care for others in a holistic environment. Being present in a yogic atmosphere allows me to draw from the wisdom handed down while developing my own practice and talents. Our time together will help cultivate and foster the expression of our purpose. Namaste.”
Darshan (Newt) Sathyaseelan, Ashram Assistant
Yogatharsan Yogarasa is our Guest Services Assistant; his nickname is “Darshan.” He supports Guests Services in welcoming you to Lokananda: making sure you are well-fed and well cared for. On weekends you may see him behind our welcome desk. Throughout the week, look for him assisting in other capacities, including supporting Chef Anthony in the kitchen at your next Ashram lunch. Tharsan says, “It is my pleasure and my honor to be a part of Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram. I love serving because service to people is service to God.”