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
Karobi (Kusuma) Sachs, 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.
Sandra (Varadananda) King, Guest Services Assistant
When you pass through the front doors of Lokananda you enter into Svagatam, our lobby/front desk/shop area. The Sanskrit word svagatam means welcome. Varadananda makes sure you know that it is a heartfelt welcome! Varadananda says, "We are here to support you so that you can do the important work that you come here to do. It is an honor to serve you.”
Connie (Kanchan) Mohn, Guest Services Assistant
While students are expressing their gratitude for her support, Kanchan is also expressing her gratitude through this “welcoming.” She says, "When I open the door at Lokananda, I am opening a door to Self for everyone who chooses to enter...serving the One Self in an incredible myriad of forms. What a blessing! What a gift!”
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.”
Maria (Rukmini) Abbruzzi, Teachings Manager
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
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.”