B.K. GoswamiChapel Hill, USA
Bir Krishna Goswami is a beloved spiritual leader within ISKCON, a member of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC), an advisor and the GBC liaison for Krishna West. Having taken a religious vow of celibacy early in life, he has dedicated over 40 years of service developing ISKCON communities throughout the world. As a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada and a celebrated speaker and educator, he travels extensively throughout the United States, Europe, India, and Fiji, offering seminars on various topics of Krishna bhakti.
Brahmatirtha das (Bob Cohen) is an advisory board member for Krishna West and a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, with whom his initial conversations were recorded and later published in a book entitled Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers. As a professional mediator for ISKCON Resolve, he mediates concerns of ISKCON members worldwide. He has a successful environmental consulting practice and serves as an advisor to the Gainesville Police Department. A proud grandfather of 5, he and his wife live in Gainesville, Florida.
Kuladri das (Art Villa) is an advisory board member and an ISKCON liaison for Krishna West. As the Divisional Director of ISKCON Global Compliance and a legal advisor for the ISKCON North America General Counsel, he has faithfully served ISKCON in various capacities for over 40 years as a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. As well as a professional lawyer, he is the current Executive Director of Share Your Care Inc., a nonprofit health organization that supports various medical facilities in India, including Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Barsana Eye Camp, Vrindavan Hospice, etc. Having raised 6 children, all pursuing professional careers, he and his wife live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ali KrishnaKyoto, Japan
Ali Krishna dasi (Alysia Radder) is the Director of Media for Krishna West. Having practiced Krishna bhakti for 10 years and as a student of H.D. Goswami, she has held various managerial and leadership positions in ISKCON, including Board Member and Director of Education at ISKCON Gainesville. With a graduate degree in Religion & Ecology and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership, she is formerly the Director of Media at the University of Florida’s Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra). She is also an academic adviser for the Bhumi Project, a UN-sponsored educational campaign committed to the promotion of ecological awareness within Hindu communities. She and her husband live in Kyoto, Japan.
Ananda dasi (Babette Goldstein, M.Ed.) is a Krishna West project leader in Boulder, together with her husband, Gopinatha das. Having grown up in a liberal, intellectual environment with exposure to bhakti-yoga and humanitarian work at a young age, she has developed a passion for creating community and empowering young women through spiritual practice, coaching, and connection to ancient wisdom. She holds degrees in Religious Studies, Psychology, Counseling, and Educational Leadership. She established an ISKCON center in Greensboro, NC and, for the past 15 years, has led spiritual retreats throughout the U.S. A professional psychotherapist and transformative life coach, she lives with her husband and son in Boulder, Colorado.
Ananda VrindavanTulancingo, Mexico
Ananda Vrindavan das (Enrique A. Recillas) is a Krishna West project leader in Tulancingo, Mexico, together with his wife, Natesvara dasi. As active ISKCON members and students of H.D. Goswami, they are the founding directors of the Hridayananda Cultural Center. Established in 2009, the center hosts many events and offers classes on various topics of Krishna bhakti. It also includes a restaurant, a theater, and the Howard J. Resnick (H.D. Goswami) library. He and his wife live in Tulancingo, Mexico.
Chandra ShekharParis, France
Chandrashekhara Acharya das (Cyril Wohrer) is a project leader in France. Having practiced Krishna bhakti for 20 years, he has participated in many ISKCON projects around the world. With an M.A. in Theology from the University of Oxford, Chandrashekhara is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religion at the University of California @ Riverside.
DhananjayaRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dhananjaya das (Daniel Cruz) is a project leader and regional coordinator in Brazil. Since joining ISKCON in 2006, he has transcribed and translated hundreds of H.D. Goswami’s interviews, lectures and seminars from English into Portuguese. With a goal of publishing an extensive collection of H.D. Goswami’s work, Dhananjaya has compiled two books- A Meta da Vida (The Goal of Life) and Razão & Divindade (Reason & Divinity). Having recently earned a degree in Music Education, he currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, where he studies classical piano and works as a music teacher and professional drummer.
Devala RsiNew Orleans, USA
Devala Rsi das (Donald Neumiller) is a Krishna West project leader in New Orleans, together with his wife, Sri Pati. Having joined ISKCON in 1979, he has been a student of H.D. Goswami for over 30 years. A successful businessman, he and his wife live outside of the city, within several miles of the ISKCON farm community in Mississippi.
GarudaBuenos Aires, Argentina
Garuda das (Patricio Piber) is a project leader and regional coordinator in Argentina. For 10 years, he lived as a monastic student in an ISKCON bhakti-yoga ashram where he received congregational leadership and extensive theological training. Since 2003, he has organized and taught seminars on the philosophy and practice of Krishna bhakti throughout Argentina. A spiritual counselor and musician, he and his wife live in Buenos Aires.
Giridhari das (Gustavo Dauster) is a Krishna West project leader and regional coordinator in Brazil. While holding various leadership positions in ISKCON and the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), including Director of BBT Brazil, Zonal Secretary for ISKCON Brazil, and President of the ISKCON Brazil National Council, he has published three books on Krishna bhakti and yoga philosophy. In 1998, he built and established Pandavas Paradise, a yoga retreat center and eco-lodge located on a one thousand-acre ecological paradise in the heart of Brazil, where he lives with his wife and children.
Gopinath das (Gopal Damerla, M.D.) is a Krishna West project leader in Boulder, together with his wife, Ananda dasi. Born and educated in Hyderabad, India, he began practicing Krishna bhakti in 1991. Having organized ISKCON outreach programs at various universities throughout the U.S. and India, he is driven to cultivate spiritual communities centered on non-sectarian principles of compassion, truthfulness, cleanliness and discipline. A physician by trade and an avid mountain biker, he lives in Boulder, Colorado, along with his wife and son.
Iksvaku das (Eduardo Ruenes) is a Krishna West project leader and a regional coordinator in Mexico. Having served various leadership positions within ISKCON, including President of the ISKCON Mexico National Council, he holds degrees in pedagogy and mechanical engineering. In 1998, following the advice of his spiritual teacher, H.D. Goswami, he opened a vegetarian restaurant and cultural center in León, Guanajuato, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Ishana das (Carlos E. Ribeiro) is a Krishna West project leader in Orlando, together with his wife, Krishnavarna. Since joining ISKCON in Rio de Janeiro in 1981, he has held various top-level leadership and managerial positions, including his current position as board member of ISKCON Orlando. A professional website and graphic designer, he is the owner of 4e Media. He and his wife, along with their daughter, live in Orlando, Florida.
Jaya SitaSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Jaya Sita dasi (Yaitza Lopez) is a project leader in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While establishing a new center adjacent to the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in Rio Piedras, she also serves as H.D. Goswami’s assistant secretary. With a Masters degree and Artist Diploma in Music Performance from Temple University, she has performed as a guest cellist for various world-renowned kirtan artists including Gaura Vani, Bada Hari Das and Krishna Das. As a certified Bikram Yoga teacher, she is distinguished for having opened Puerto Rico’s first Bikram Yoga studio in 2014.
Jenya dasi (Jane Bullard) is a publications editor for Krishna West. Having practiced Krishna bhakti for the past 5 years, she is currently studying theology and religious studies at Bhaktivedanta College. As a certified hatha yoga teacher, she has taught at various yoga studios and universities throughout the county, including an accredited course at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. She lives and studies at a bhakti-yoga ashram in the beautiful Ardennes, a scenic mountainous region of Belgium.
Krishnavarna dasi (Cristina D. Ribeiro) is a Krishna West project leader in Orlando, together with her husband, Ishana. Having joined ISKCON in 1988 in Rio de Janeiro, she is a student of H.D. Goswami and a practitioner of Krishna Bhakti for over 25 years. A dedicated mother and caretaker, she and her husband, along with their daughter, live in Orlando, Florida.
Krishna PriyaChapel Hill, USA
Krishna Priya dasi (Hollie Kennedy) is a Krishna West project advisor in Chapel Hill, our pilot program in North America. Having practiced Krishna Bhakti for over 35 years, she has dedicated her life in service to Srila Prabhupada by continuing his mission of teaching others the spiritual wisdom found in the Bhagavad-gita. A student of H.D. Goswami, she is a former temple president of ISKCON Hillsborough. Now enjoying her retirement as a certified yoga teacher and spiritual counselor, she lives in a bhakti-yoga ashram in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Lilananda dasi (Ellen DeCastro) is a Krishna West project leader, together with her husband Sri Govinda das, in Austin, Texas. From Perth, Australia, she spent time as a monastic student in France before coming to the United States in 2014 to help establish a Krishna West center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While building Krishna West Austin, she continues her studies in Political Science and Foreign Policy at the University of Texas.
Nanda dasi (Nancy Coffin) is a KW regional coordinator in North America. Having practiced Krishna bhakti for over 20 years and as a student of H.D. Goswami, she has held various leadership roles in ISKCON, including Council Member and Kitchen Manager at ISKCON Boston. In 2010, she established an ISKCON center in Northampton, MA, where she organized Krishna bhakti discussion groups, seminars, and study courses. A professional caterer and vegetarian cooking instructor, she lives in Baltimore, MD.
PanchaliSantiago de Chile, Chile
Panchali dasi (Sol María Videla) is a Krishna West project leader and regional coordinator in Chile. Born into a Krishna consciousness family, she continues practicing Krishna bhakti along with her husband. Together they have volunteered as ISKCON Congregational Leaders throughout South America for the past 10 years, developing and implementing a community-based training program for aspiring bhakti-yoga practitioners. A professional journalist and regional marketing manager, she and her husband live in Santiago de Chile.
Rama CaritaCampina Grande, Brazil
Rama Carita das (Ricardo Silvestre, Ph.D.) is a project leader and regional coordinator in Brazil. With a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Montreal, he is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Federal University of Campina Grande. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Quebec and the University of Notre Dame. Having published several articles on the philosophy of religion and Indian philosophy, he is the author of two books on logic and the philosophy of science and is co-editor of the book- The Philosophy and Theology of the Bhagavad-gita: Essays in honor to Howard J. Resnick. He lives in Campina Grande, Brazil.
Rama VijayaMéxico City, Mexico
Rama Vijaya das (Ricardo Noreña) is a Krishna West project leader in México City, together with his wife, Visnu Priya dasi. Born and raised in D.F., he is a student of H.D. Goswami and has practiced bhakti-yoga for many years. An insurance broker by profession, he and his wife live in México City along with their 5 children.
SesalilaNova Gokula, Brazil
Sesalila das (Adalberto J. Campelo) is a project leader and regional coordinator in Brazil. Over the past 20 years, he has held various leadership positions at ISKCON Nova Gokula, an eco-village and spiritual community. While working as an editor for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) in Brazil, he authored three books about Krishna bhakti. As the owner of a small business, he has attended many seminars on management and marketing. He currently serves as a director of ethics, institutional resources, statutes and regulations at ISKCON Nova Gokula, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Sri GovindaAustin, USA
Sri Govinda das (Govinda DeCastro) is a Krishna West project leader, together with his wife Lilananda dasi, in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in the practice of Krishna Bhakti, he has studied with H.D Goswami for 29 years. Having received his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, followed by a fellowship, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters degree in Architecture. Having worked in New York City and Rio de Janeiro, he now continues his architectural career in Austin, Texas.
Sri PatiNew Orleans, USA
Sri Pati (P. Neumiller) is a Krishna West project leader in New Orleans, together with her husband, Devala. Having joined ISKCON in 1977, she is H.D. Goswami’s first female disciple. Dedicated to children’s education, she earned a Masters in Elementary Education. As an elementary school teacher for 20 years, she and her husband live outside of the city, adjacent to an ISKCON farm community in Mississippi.
TejasvitMéxico City, Mexico
Tejasvit das (Oscar Bojorquez) is a Krishna West project leader in México. Having held various leadership positions within ISKCON, he is currently the General Coordinator of the México City Ratha Yatra, an annual 2-day ISKCON festival and world-class parade. An accomplished musician and composer, he performs regularly and has released six music albums. In addition to teaching hatha yoga, he offers seminars on personal growth & self-improvement.
TukaramaSão Paulo, Brazil
Vishnu PriyaMéxico City, Mexico
Vishnu Priya dasi (Yeri Jaubert) is a Krishna West project leader in México City, together with her husband, Rama Vijaya das. Born and raised in D.F., she is a student of H.D. Goswami and has practiced bhakti-yoga for many years. Holding a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she has competed around the world, winning various international championships. A professional psychotherapist and life coach, she and her husband live in México City along with their 5 children.
Uddhava GitaCambridge, USA
Uddhava Gita das (Wesley Sena) is the manager of H.D. Goswami's academic website (Howardjresnick.com). At a young age, he enrolled in Dhanvantari Swami's Seminary of Vedic Philosophy and Theology (Brazil), studied bhakti sastri, and graduated top of his class. He has served at ISKCON temples throughout the world, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, and Rio de Janeiro. He is currently pursuing academic studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Yadavi dasi (Yonka Yancheva) is a project leader in London, UK. Originally from Bulgaria, she moved to London several years ago to study performing arts and pursue a career in film-making. After completing her degree, her main focus became scriptwriting, directing, and producing short films. While living and studying in London, she volunteered at the Radha-Krishna Temple on Soho St. Somewhere in the process of searching for her place within ISKCON, she realized that Krishna West was where she belonged. This realization inspired her to take initiative and start a project at the University of London.