Indra Lahiri, Founder
Indra Lahiri, Ph.D. was called “a storyteller, dreamer, and friend of the animals,” by the Anishinaabe Medicine Man who adopted her into the tribe of the White Earth Nation, naming her “Ishkudeikwe” (Woman of the Fire). She has rescued thousands of animals from dire circumstances around the world. She tells their stories in her writing and speaking and lives amongst them between her travels. In the course of her decades of learning from the animals, Indra founded Indraloka Animal Sanctuary (2005) and since 2014 has volunteered her time as a consultant, helping other sanctuaries to succeed. In addition, she has taught, mentored, coached and keynote addressed tens of thousands of people on a range of topics that are always, at their core, based on ethical leadership and compassion for all. Indra has spoken at the Animal Rights National Conference and International Animal Rights Conference annually for the past several years, in addition to keynote addressing audiences as varied as Asian scientists, bloggers, vegfests, and peace activists. Her award-winning blog, which chronicles sacred moments with rescued animals, is followed by tens of thousands of readers on every continent. Indra is grateful to have the opportunity to dedicate her life to helping traumatized animals rediscover joy, love, and trust.
Before devoting herself full-time to animal rescue, as the founder of Global Inclusion Strategies Indra provided expert coaching and consulting on communicating across differences. She is the author of an academic book chapter, a critically acclaimed manager’s guidebook, several research reports, and numerous articles on cultural competence and leadership.
The sanctuary is not named after Indra, but rather she is named after the Hindu God Indra who created Indraloka (Sanskrit name for the heaven for the Gods).
Johnny Braz, Creative Director
Johnny is a farm animal artist, documentary filmmaker, an athlete, and a yogi, as well as visionary and Creative Director for Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. He began his filmmaking career in 1996 working as a camera operator with Clint Eastwood on “The Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years.” In early 2016, he completed “Truckin’; the Story of Eddie Traffic”, an uplifting glimpse into the unique bliss experienced by a pig named Eddie, who was rescued just hours from slaughter. Other recent films include “
Peace, Love & Animals,” a documentary film that has been called “a lyrical message of hope” that premiered to rave reviews in Scranton and at the International Animal Rights Conference 2013 in Luxembourg. Additionally, he has produced several short animal rescue films that have garnered a worldwide audience and has also directed a number of episodes of “Yoga Journeys,” a children’s program on PBS TV station WVIA.
Johnny holds a deep reverence for the earth. His years of experience designing and installing alternative energy systems for homes and businesses culminated in touring twice with Bonnie Raitt as her environmental spokesperson.
As Indraloka’s Creative Director, Johnny brings these gifts together, creating film and still portraits that reveal his reverence for all life and the earth herself, telling the story of Indraloka’s many rescues through his art. Braz is a teacher at heart. All of his work, whether it be mucking stalls, filming a rescue,
feeding a once-traumatized chicken by hand, or teaching others how to meditate, is mindful, kind, and filled with lessons through example. Johnny is honored to put his skills to work raising awareness about animal sentience worldwide.
Jane Morris, Director of Business Operations
Jane joined Indraloka in September of 2018. Prior to joining Indraloka, Jane enjoyed a successful career as an operations and client services professional. She worked many years for Rodale, Inc., an innovative organization known for pioneering the modern organic gardening and farming movement, and a global provider of health, wellness, fitness, food, and environmental content. Jane also worked for CDS Global collaborating with, presenting, and providing business solutions to clients across various industries including non-profit, publishing/media, higher education, and collections.
Jane’s personal mission is to have a positive impact on the world around her, by consistently being kind to family, friends, and strangers; demonstrating passion, loyalty, and commitment in her professional and personal circles; giving time and sharing talents; maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Jane is a graduate of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, with a BA in Sociology. She is a long-time volunteer – coach, mentor, booster club board member, and competition judge – with Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college. Jane is grateful and honored to be a part Indraloka’s work and expanding mission. She loves giving treats and rubs to the beloved animals at Indraloka and learning from the dedicated caregivers.
Sarah Thornton, Director of Education
Sarah Thornton is a music teacher in the Sullivan County School District with seventeen years of K–12 teaching experience. She is also a tour guide, speaker, writer, snuggler, field trip organizer, and friend to the humans and the animals.
Sarah has been an Indraloka volunteer since 2014 and currently manages Indraloka’s educational programs. She has previously served as a youth sports instructor for the Eastern Lycoming YMCA, a basketball coach for elementary school-aged students and junior high school girls, and a camp counselor and counselor supervisor at Warminster Parks and Recreation. Sarah holds a BA in Music Education from Susquehanna University and an MA in Music Education from Ithaca College.
Stephen Vincenti, Office Manager
Stephen comes to Indraloka with a wide-ranging background in municipal organizations plus several in private businesses and a concentration on fiscal and administrative management. To him, accounting is about letting the numbers tell a story. And that story is about the ways everyone involved accomplishes our mission – how well we can better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need.
In addition to bookkeeping, Stephen will assist with HR duties, volunteering, and events. His goals are to see the office is effective in support of the Board, animal caregivers, and visitors to the Sanctuary, that the well-being of our dearly loved animals suits their needs for their entire life.
Stephen is a lifelong animal lover and hopes to bring this aspect to his work. His formal education includes a BS in Geography – the study of the earth and the people, plants, and animals upon it – and a Master of Public Administration with a Certificate in Gerontology. He looks forward to being a positive addition to this caring and professional team at the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary.
Angelina Schreiner, Outreach & Development Manager
Angelina Schreiner manages Indraloka’s Outreach and Development. Residing in Philadelphia, Angelina is actively working to further develop the city’s animal advocacy movement. She cares deeply about all animals and wants to share their stories to spread the passion for their well being.
Angelina finds joy in working with the community, specifically, bringing together people who are passionate about animal rights. As co-organizer of the Indraloka-Philadelphia Meet Up group, she provides opportunities for like-minded people to come together in settings such as coffee hours and educational discussions, allowing them to develop meaningful relationships, and to exchange ideas on how to most effectively assist the cause. She works to educate all on making compassionate choices and aims to introduce everyone to the intelligence, kindness, and love that farm animals have to give.
When she is not working on outreach, Angelina loves spending time with all of the animal residents at Indraloka. Whether she is feeding the sheep, giving belly rubs to the pigs, or cuddling a cat, she finds peace and happiness in their presence. Angelina is grateful to be part of such an important and meaningful cause and is thrilled to spread the message of compassion to more people every day.
Mike Freidlin, Volunteer Educator
Mike is a naturalist, athlete, vegan animal rights activist, and environmental science educator with 40 years of teaching experience. In his role as a middle and high school science teacher for the Abington Heights, Pennsylvania school district, (a role he held from 1989 until his retirement this year), Mike acted as the Middle and High School Ecology Club Adviser. During that time, he led more than 700 student members of the Tropical Rainforest Ecology Club on trips to such destinations as Panama, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, where they learned about rainforest protection, the rights and concerns of animals and indigenous communities, and students’ roles and responsibilities as global citizens. Additionally, since his retirement from the Abington Heights School District, Mike is currently an adjunct professor at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His courses include General Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Quality, and Field Dendrology and wildflower identification.
Mike’s teaching expertise extends to special needs and emotionally traumatized children as well as gifted children. Mike began his teaching career teaching at Lourdesmont School in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania from 1980 till 1987. Lourdesmont School was a school for special needs adolescents. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Lackawanna Audubon Society and Save The Rainforest. Additionally, he has won numerous awards for excellence in education, including Rotary Club of the Abingtons “Four Way Test Award” recipient for Environmental Education (2013), Abington Heights School District “Teacher of the Year” awards (2012, 2005), Middle School Teaching Excellence Award (2009), Lauretta Woodson Educator Award for Expertise in Environmental Science (2007), Healthy Community-Healthy Youth Award (2007), Named to Who’s Who in American Teachers (2005, 2000), Named “Hero of the Planet” by Time magazine’s Time For Kids (2002).