Panduranga “JT” Heater, Board President

PandurangaPanduranga Heater first became associated with Ananda at the Dallas center in 1991. Following three years of discipleship in Dallas, he moved to Ananda Village in 1994 and became a permanent resident there. Panduranga is a licensed architect with 38 years of experience and has provided design expertise to Ananda communities throughout the world. His work includes the Temple of Light at Ananda Village and in Seattle, the Living Wisdom Center and Expanding Light Reception Center at the Village and the Moksha Mandir at Crystal Hermitage. An accomplished musician, Panduranga is also a member of the music ministry and regularly performs with the Ananda Choir, while also producing three albums of devotional instrumental music. The long term stability of Ananda is a key goal for Panduranga, and he brings his experience in the construction and business world to support the Ananda Janaka Foundation.

Devi Novak, Director

Devi Novak PortraitDevi is one of the founding members of Ananda having lived at Ananda and several of its other communities since 1969. She has served in various functions of community life, including being a community correspondent and a teacher at Ananda’s Retreat: The Expanding Light.

She is married to Jyotish Novak and together they serve as Spiritual Directors for Ananda Sangha Worldwide, which includes directing the spiritual activities of Ananda Village and Ananda Communities throughout the world. Having dedicated 40 years of her life to Ananda and its outreach programs, Devi is also the author of several books published by Crystal Clarity, including Faith is My Armor, a biography of Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda.

Gita Matlock, Director

Gita Madlock (Board Member) is a life coach, equine facilitator, and founder at Herd Spirit, an equine learning center based in Ananda Village. She earned a bachelors in international studies from Pepperdine University and a masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. Additionally, she is a certified Ananda yoga and meditation instructor.

Before becoming a coach, Gita spent 20 years in fundraising and administration with nonprofit organizations including CARE, International Medical Corps, United Way of the Bay Area, March of Dimes, and Ananda Sangha Worldwide. Gita was born and raised in Ananda Village, where she now lives with her husband Badri, their two young children, and her small herd of horses.

Latika Parojinog, Director

A disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda since 1977, Latika moved to Ananda Village in June 1981 from the East Coast. With a background in administration and financial management, she has served in many aspects of Ananda’s work since then, including publications, The Expanding Light retreat, Mountain Song (a retail store in Nevada City), and fund raising. She is presently the CFO of Ananda, overseeing financial management at Ananda Village and helping to coordinate and support a number of all-Ananda projects. Latika has a strong interest in seeing the work of Ananda continue into the future with strength and clarity of purpose.

Mahadev Kushler, Director

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Mai Lee, Director

In 2008, Mai discovered meditation and yoga through the Ananda Los Angeles community. Thrilled with the changes in herself she was able to experience in her busy life in Los Angeles, she took her exploration further in 2016 by moving to Ananda Village. Mai has held numerous senior development positions, including directing HYPE Los Angeles, The Midnight Mission, and currently, Ananda Sangha Worldwide, where she the Director of fundraising.

Kent Williams, Director & Treasurer

Kent first became involved with Ananda in Seattle in 1991. For 20 years he worked in the Seattle area as a sales executive for a major international healthcare equipment manufacturer. In 1998, when he retired, he moved to Ananda Village where his personal philosophy of financial stewardship led him to support various projects including the founding of the Ananda Janaka Foundation. He brings 25 years of business experience along with a strong commitment to expanding the work of Yogananda and Kriyananda through the Ananda movement.

The Staff

Parvati Hansen, Executive Director

Parvati is one of the founding members of Ananda, and is one of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers. She moved to Ananda in 1972, and was made a minister by Swami Kriyananda in 1981. With her husband, Pranaba, she has been involved in the creation and direction of Ananda centers and communities in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. Parvati has served as the Executive Director of the Ananda Janaka Foundation since March 2004.