Our Administrative Team

Kelly (Sakalananda) Goss, Business Management Consultant

Sakalananda works closely with the Board of Directors and Swami Nirmalananda, making recommendations to improve the organization’s manifestation of our Vision & Mission. As a former 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.  


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

Helping you find your next yoga opportunity is Nora’s goal. As the Head 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.


Karobi (Kusuma) 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. 


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

Matrikaa assists our guests in a variety of ways, both when you’re onsite as well as when you’re reaching out from your home.  When you email Turn on Javascript!, Matrikaa responds to you.  When you arrive for your program at Lokananda, she may be the one to greet you.  During your program, you’ll often find Matrikaa serving at the Svagatam (welcome) desk.  She is there to assist you with shop purchases.  Need a dry cleaner?  Directions to the organic grocery?  Matrikaa is ready to answer your questions about downtown Downingtown.  In addition, as our Communications Editor, “meeting” other Svaroopis on phone interviews has been a longtime joy.  Assisting in Guest Services is a heartwarming seva, as she can now meet and converse with you face to face!


Maria (Rukmini) Abbruzzi, Teachings Manager

Multi-tasking is the name of the game.  Managing the trainers and calendars as well as our hosted programs and vowed members 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.  


Casey (Chiti) Aion, Administrative Assistant

Now assisting in our Teachings Department, Chiti 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, Chiti coordinates SATYA member services. Her depth of training makes her able to bring administrative and yogic skills together, to effectively support Swami Nirmalananda’s teachings. Chiti says, “What an opportunity and pleasure it is to give back and serve the Ashram and the Svaroopi community.” 


Erika McCarthy, Administrative Assistant

A member of our Teachings Department, Erika brings a wealth of administrative skills to the team, as well as a keen eye for detail, an enthusiastic attitude and a sunny disposition.  She supports Rukmini and Swamiji behind the scenes, especially with course and meal planning.  A long-time meditator, Erika says, “"What an honor it is to have found this beautiful Svaroopi community, I enjoy being of service and using my skills to help out in any way."


Lisha Reynolds, Host Coordinator

As a dedicated Svaroopi and Svaroopa® yoga teacher, Lisha brings her passion for our beloved yoga community, devotion to Sadguru Swami Nirmalananda and her teachings, as well as many years of experience as an event planner to the SVA administrative team as its Host Coordinator.  She says, “It’s an honor and privilege to serve Swamiji and the Svaroopa® community in this capacity.” She supports Yoga Mandali hosts nationally and internationally with logistics for local community events, and also identifies venues where Sadguru Swami Nirmalananda can share her teachings with a broader audience.  Lisha looks forward to working with you to plan your next Yoga Mandali Program!  You can connect with her at Turn on Javascript!.


Lydia Haas

Tom Trautlein, Communications 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, Administrative Assistant

Assisting our publications and communications team, Kim is a recent Business Administration graduate.  She is experienced as a digital market 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." 

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.”


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.”