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Our Administrative Team

Swami Satrupananda, Business Manager

Swami Satrupananda works closely with the Board of Directors and Gurudevi Nirmalananda, managing 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 brings her profound knowledge and experience of Svaroopa® practices as well as of our community and organization.  Reach Swami Satrupananda at Turn on Javascript! or 610.644.7555.


Swami Samvidaananda, 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, Swami Samvidaananda makes sure that our programs and teachers are there for you.  She also supports Gurudevi 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 Swami Samvidaananda at Turn on Javascript! or 610.644.7555. 


Nora (Datri) Beckjord, Enrollment Advisor

Helping you find your next yoga opportunity is Nora’s goal. As our Enrollment Advisor, Datri listens to what you want and helps you find it.  As a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher and Certified Embodyment® Yoga Therapist, she 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.

See our open position for Enrollment Advisor here.  Datri is planning to retire, so she will be part of our team through the end of 2021 and perhaps longer.  Her intended departure creates an opening for a work-from-home position.  


Doreen Willover, Guest Services Supervisor

Doreen Willover came to Downingtown Yoga and Meditation Center looking for both asana and meditation. Since then she’s done lots of both!  As our Guest Services Supervisor, she supports you when you come for immersions. Doreen also uses her event planning skills from her previous work experience in her many roles at the Ashram. Doreen says, “I am thrilled to have this beautiful and spiritual opportunity to be a part of the SVA team (family) in the capacity of Guest Services. I look forward to meeting and greeting all our guests for the retreats and promise to provide my very best to all.”


Lydia Haas

Tom Trautlein, Publications Manager

Tom makes sure our different publications reach our community with timely information along with meaningful graphics.  He also oversees our Student Services as manager of our Enrollment and Guest Services Team.  With his diverse and detail-oriented background, Tom has continually expanded his portfolio, due to his skill, attention to detail and love for God.  He says, “The fun constant is change.  With a great and dedicated staff, On-Site or Online there is always something new going on at the Ashram!”


Swami Prajñananda, Teachings Admin Assistant 

In addition to being a Teacher Trainer, Swami Prajñananda works behind the scenes to make sure everything that’s needed for the classroom is ready.  Her depth of training makes her able to bring administrative and yogic skills together, to effectively support Gurudevi Nirmalananda’s teachings. Swami Prajñananda says, “I'm delighted to continue serving on the Teachings Team, supporting the teachings of the Ashram and its teachers, as well as honored to be one of those teachers.”  


Lisha Reynolds, Communications Assistant & Hosted Programs Manager

In Lisha’s role as Hosted Programs Manager, she oversees our Mandali programs.  These bring SVA faculty members to teachers’ students around the world, both online and on-the-road.  Lisha also contributes to our Publications Team to ensure that we communicate with our existing students and draw new seekers to our offerings. Lisha says “There's a lot that happens ’behind the scenes’ at SVA!  I'm delighted to be contributing in both areas.”


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.” 


Sally Doyle, Business 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.” 



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.”