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

Helping you find your next yoga opportunity is Nora’s goal. As the Assistant Enrollment Advisor, Nora works closely with Kusuma to support you in enrolling in your next SVA program. Nora is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher, Certified Embodyment® Yoga Therapist and has years of professional experience supporting clients. Nora says, “I am excited to help students to decide what courses are next for them as they continue on their yoga path.” Reach out to Nora at Turn on Javascript! or 610.806.2119.

 

Kusuma (Karobi) Sachs, Enrollment Advisor

Always interested in helping you figure out what is best for you, Kusuma is both knowledgeable and supportive.  Her many years as a Teacher Trainer makes her deeply knowledgeable about our programs, plus her ability to understand what you're looking for gives her the ability to support your choices.  Get in touch with Kusuma at Turn on Javascript! or 610.806.2119. 

 

 

Rukmini (Maria) Abbruzzi, Swami's Teaching Assistant

Multi-tasking is the name of the game.  Managing the trainers and calendars as well as our enrollment, hosted programs and marketing teams, Rukmini makes sure that our programs and teachers are there for you.  She also supports Swami Nirmalananda in sharing the teachings and communications.  “Serving you allows me to support Swamiji in doing her job, which is being a source of Grace in our yoga community and in the world through her teachings, her presence, and the initiation she gives. I am devoted to Swamiji, and to the goal of Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram, which is to give the experience of your own inherent divinity to all who seek it.”  Reach Rukmini at Turn on Javascript! or 610.644.7555.

 

Lydia Haas

Lydia Haas, Programs Manager

Lydia oversees the behind-the-scenes services that support your program participation, from the bits and bytes of our data systems to making sure your room is clean and your meals ready for you. She says “I enjoy working in a non-profit atmosphere serving a meaningful mission.  My favorite part of working with SVA is my interaction with the beautiful souls of my colleagues and the community. I support the organization in a variety of areas; membership, donations, guest services, website maintenance, and the enrollment system.  I also enjoy supporting many sevites who offer their time and expertise in all of these areas, helping them develop a closer connection to the Ashram community through seva.” Reach out to Lydia at Turn on Javascript! or 610.644.7555.

 

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.”