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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. 

 

Melissa (Maheshwari) Parsons, Enrollment Advisor

Get support in taking your first or next program from Maheshwari. She’ll answer your questions about enrollment tuition, payment plans and more.  She offers you continued support before and after your program. She’ll also connect you with one of our teachers to answer your questions about a specific program. As an advanced Svaroopa®  yoga teacher for over 20 years and a devotee of Gurudevi, Maheshwari will support you with her depth as a yogi. Maheshwari says, "I am excited to be part of the SVA team and to share my love for Gurudevi and Svaroopa® Yoga with others as I encourage and support them on their path." Reach out to Maheshwari at Turn on Javascript! or 610.806.2119.

 

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.”

Swami Shrutananda Saraswati, Weekly Yoga Coordinator

Our weekly yoga classes at Downingtown Yoga and Meditation Center and introductory programs are coordinated by Swami Shrutananda.  She supports the teachers and the students in our Online and On-Site classes.  She brings nearly thirty years of experience in teaching Svaroopa® yoga, providing Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions and training Svaroopa® yoga teachers.  This makes her especially understanding of students’ needs. And it gives her a wealth of skills to support our teachers.  Swami Shrutananda says, “It is a joy and an honor to be able to support our asana teaching team.  

 

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.”  

 

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.” 

 

 

Janice Xu, Publications Marketing Assistant

Janice draws on her marketing expertise from a Ph.D. in Intercultural Communications as well as her experience in academia and another PA nonprofit.  Janice says, “I am  delighted and excited to be part of the Ashram team and community in the journey of learning, discovery and spiritual exploration. I enjoy contributing to the wonderful work of the group.”

 

Andrea (Abhati) Wade, Publications Administrative Assistant

Abhati is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Basics Teacher. Through her training and teaching, she has and continues to cultivate her focus, attention to detail and inner depth. She brings this all to her work here at SVA.  She works closely with several staff members and sevite teams in getting teachings and information out to our community, for which she says, “I am so blessed and honored to have the opportunity to serve Gurudevi and everyone in the Svaroopa® yoga community.”   

 

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.”

 

Kelly McKee, Household Assistant

A steady support, Kelly is one of our Household Assistants. She provides support in many ways that keep the day-to-day activities going.  With her years of experience in nursing and language arts teaching, she brings her care and attention to detail into everything that she does. Kelly says, “I feel fortunate to work for such kind people and in such a grace-filled environment”. 

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

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