Our Administrative Team
Business Management Consultant
Swami Satrupananda works closely with the Board of Directors and Gurudevi Nirmalananda, making recommendations to improve the organization’s manifestation of our Vision & Mission. As a former SVA Board member, Swami Satrupananda brings deep experience with our operational needs. As a longtime Svaroopi, Swami Satrupananda 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.
Sally Doyle, Administrative Assistant
Behind the scenes, Sally has her fingers in every pie, helping keep everything running smoothly. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her eye for detail is a big plus. Already doing yoga when she arrived, she’s now taking (and loving) our weekly staff yoga class. Sally says, “I feel so fortunate to have found this generous, welcoming place to work. My hope is that I will serve well this Svaroopa family for a long time.”
Nora (Datri) Beckjord, Head Enrollment Advisor
Swami Sahajananda, Enrollment Advisor
Denise (Devapriyaa) Hills, Guest Services Coordinator
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. Adding Guest Services Coordinator to her seva, she also brings decades of professional public service experience through state, town and church organizations. She brings the understanding that Grace flows through us all so beautifully, flowering in each of us in our own unique ways.
Newt (Yogeshananda) Sathyaseelan, Guest Services Assistant
Yogeshananda serves as one of our Guest Services Assistants. 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. Yogesh 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.”
Marlene (Matrikaa) Gast, Guest Services Assistant
Swami Samvidaananda, Teachings Manager
Teachings Assistant Manager
Now assisting in our Teachings Department, Swami Praj~nananda works behind the scenes to make sure everything that’s needed for the classroom is ready. Her experience in previous areas of Ashram administration support the nerve center of our many programs, which are going on in multiple locations simultaneously. In addition, Swami Praj~nananda coordinates SATYA member services. Her depth of training makes her able to bring administrative and yogic skills together, to effectively support Gurudevi Nirmalananda’s teachings. Swami Praj~nananda says, “What an opportunity and pleasure it is to give back and serve the Ashram and the Svaroopi community.”
Lisha Reynolds, Hosted Programs Manager
Tom Trautlein, Student Services & Traffic Manager
Tom makes sure information connects with our community through various media. With his diverse and detail-oriented background, Tom oversees behind-the-scenes, providing up to date and accurate information to support our students and community. He says, “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to help support the Svaroopi community. To be able to work with such a wonderful staff and absolutely amazing sevites is a blessing beyond words.”
Kristin (Chinmayee) Dougherty, Communications Assistant
Assisting on our Communications team, Chinmayee 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. Chinmayee 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."
Kimberly Evans, Marketing Assistant
Assisting our publications and communications team, Kim is a recent graduate. She is experienced as a digital marketing coordinator, so she understands the tools we use to communicate the teachings and our offerings to a variety of audiences. Kim says, "I am extremely grateful to be working with the staff here at DYMC, as well as the Svaroopi community. I look forward to learning more about Svaroopa® and developing my own practices during my time here."
Nicole Thompson, Administrative Assistant
As an Admin Assistant supporting two supervisors, she keeps busy, moving efficiently between her two departments. In Publications, she coordinates outgoing communications, print jobs and program supplies as well as special projects. In Ashram Administration, she handles detailed behind-the-scenes tasks that keep our programs going in multiple locations. As a former counselor, Nicole quickly builds relationships and has become an invaluable member of our staff. Attending satsangs prior to being hired, she now enjoys staff yoga classes as well. Nicole shares, “Svaroopa® yoga and meditation has been an integral part of my life before I started working here. I am fortunate to now have Svaroopa® fulfill me in even more ways! Being at DYMC every day has been restorative.”
Lisa DeLaurentis, Bookkeeper
Welcome to Lisa, who has recently joined our team. She works behind the scenes to track our finances so we operate in a fiscally responsible way. Lisa brings a depth of experience and skill to the position including accounting experience with a non-profit organization. Lisa says the following about her experience at SVA so far, “The people here have been very warm and welcoming. They make you feel special and unique.”