Our Administrative Team
Saguna (Kelly) Goss, Business Manager
Reporting to the Board of Directors and Swami Nirmalananda, Saguna 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, Saguna brings deep experience with our operational needs. As a longtime Svaroopi, Saguna 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
Heather Wallaesa, Guest Services
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."
Pam Deluccia, Bookkeeper
Behind the scenes, Pam makes sure that the finances are properly tracked, so we manage Ashram funds according to yogic principles. She says, "I enjoy working in an atmosphere that supports those in search of their own spirituality and purpose. As a yogi most of my adult life, I felt an instant connection with the staff and the mission of Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram. I look forward to supporting Swami and the organization in a period of growth and change."
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.”
Yogatharsan (Darshan) Yogarasa, Ashram Assistant
Yogatharsan Yogarasa is our Guest Services Assistant; his nickname is “Darshan.” He supports Heather 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.”