Cliff Kushler, Board President
Cliff and his wife Willow were first introduced to Ananda when they moved to Seattle in 1996 to found a start-up in the mobile software industry. A year later, they moved into the Ananda Seattle community. At the end of 2000, a year after the company was acquired, their son Chandan was born and Cliff attempted to retire, only to find himself starting up another mobile software company two years later. In 2010, Cliff and his family moved to Ananda Village. Cliff brings many years of entrepreneurial experience and “out of the box” thinking to try to help the Janaka Foundation find creative new ways to expand and energize the work of Yogananda and Kriyananda and fulfill Ananda’s mission.
Devi Novak, Director
Devi 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 has been part of Ananda since birth, living at Ananda Village and attending the Living Wisdom School there. Gita has worked in nonprofit fundraising for thirteen years and earned a bachelors degree in International Studies and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. She became a disciple of Yogananda in 2002 and is an active member of Ananda for the Future. Gita is Director of Development for Ananda Sangha Worldwide. She, her husband and two children live at Ananda Village.
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 General Manager of Ananda, helping 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.
Panduranga “JT” Heater, Director
Panduranga 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 30 years of experience and has provided design expertise to every Ananda community throughout the world. His work includes the Temple of Light 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 various ensembles and the Ananda Choir. 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 Janaka Foundation.
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 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.
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 Janaka Foundation since March 2004.