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).
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Johnny Braz, Creative Director
Johnny is a farm animal artist, documentary filmmaker, and yoga teacher, 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.
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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.
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Robin Olson, Director of Development
Robin joined Indraloka in July of 2020. She has been raising funds professionally for 16 years. Prior to working at Indraloka, Robin has worked for several children’s charities including Junior Achievement and Make-A-Wish. She holds an Executive MBA from St. Joseph’s University, and two bachelor’s degrees from Saint Louis University as well as a certificate of Fundraising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Robin is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where she met her husband of 15 years. They live in Hatfield, PA with their 4 children. Robin is passionate about taking care of the planet and all who dwell on it, finding ways we can thrive together in harmony.
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Sarah Thornton, Director of Education
Sarah Thornton is a music educator in the Sullivan County School District with twenty years of K–12 teaching experience. As Director of Education she develops and implements educational initiatives focused on compassion and kindness. She is also a tour guide, speaker, writer, field trip organizer, and friend to the humans and the animals. Sarah’s favorite sanctuary role is: professional pig snuggler, and can be found most days soaking up sunshine with Miss Lily Pie or Eddie Traffic.
Sarah has been an Indraloka volunteer since 2014 and has served as Director of Education since 2018. She previously served as a youth sports instructor, a basketball coach for elementary school-aged students and junior high school girls, youth and adult running club coach, and a camp counselor and counselor supervisor. She holds a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University and an MM in Music Education from Ithaca College. Sarah is a free-spirit dedicated to instilling joy and kindness in those around her through mindful listening, energy healing, music, and the power of unconditional love.
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Afton Hughes, Animal Care Manager
**bio coming soon**
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