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
Devapriyaa (Denise) Hills, Guest Services
Devapriyaa delights in meeting all who come to Lokananda immersions. She looks forward to assisting you in any way she can. She has practiced Svaroopa® yoga since 1999 and has been our Seva Coordinator since 2012. Now adding Guest Services to her seva, she also brings decades of professional public service experience through state, town and church organizations. Being committed to this path, she feels greatly blessed to serve Swami Nirmalananda and our community in this new way. Devapriyaa brings the understanding that Grace flows through us all so beautifully, flowering in each of us in our own unique ways.
Rukmini (Maria) Abbruzzi, Swami's Teaching Assistant
Lydia Haas, Programs Manager
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, Communications Assistant
Assisting on our Communications & Publications team, Kristin brings us 20 years of communication, event planning, and administrative skills. She assists with blogs, ads, social media, and more. She brings careful attention to detail while always thinking of how yogis can get the most out of our communications. Kristin says, "I am honored by the opportunity to bring my experiences to SVA every day. I love serving, learning from, and being a part of this beautiful community."
KerryLynn Resnik, Admin Assistant Supervisor
KerryLynn is an Administrative Assistant supporting our Business Manager and supervising our Guest Services team. Her varied experience as a special education teacher, network support specialist and manager of a Disney store is a great asset, in her variety of tasks. KerryLynn is excited to be part of our team and says, "My journey through life, in search of experiences filled with peace, light and love, has brought me to SVA where I am honored to share my talents and experiences. I am so excited about this adventure as I hold my heart open to learn from and enjoy each moment."
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.”