MEET THE TEAM | Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Meet The Team

Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri sits with rescued mini goats Oreo and Franklin.

Indra Lahiri

Founder

Dr. Indra Lahiri is an organizational psychologist and is currently completing post-doctoral studies in Traumatic Stress with the Trauma Research Foundation. For decades, Indra worked with Fortune 50 companies to help them address challenges related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging, providing her with a unique perspective on how humans grow and change.

Since founding Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in  2005, Indra has led as Executive Director, where she has had the opportunity to observe the ways in which the beloved animals at Indraloka helped hurting humans heal, learn, and grow. She realized early on that we humans need the animals even more than they need us– and that if we let them be who they truly are– free from farms and cages and threats of death and living as equal loved ones together with humans– they save us over and over again.

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.

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).

Dr. Leslie Interlandi hugs rescue turkey Mongo.

Leslie Interlandi, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Leslie Interlandi joined Indraloka in June 2022 to spearhead the sanctuary’s new veterinary clinic. As a Shelter Medicine specialist, Leslie brings the ideal skillset to diagnose, treat and care for problems specific to shelter animals as well as experience in general veterinary medicine. Leslie also holds Fear Free Veterinary Certification, a methodology that enables vets to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in animal patients, making vet care safer and more enjoyable for all involved.

Leslie has performed a wide range of surgeries and procedures, including spays and neutering, hernia repairs, tooth extractions and limb amputations. She has experience in treating diverse pathologies and has worked with numerous species, including equines, cows, goats, sheep, fowl, pigs, dogs and cats. After more than 25 years in her first career as  a health analytics and marketing consultant, Leslie is now in a position to pursue her passion. Through practicing Shelter Medicine, Leslie is treating animals who have been abused, abandoned, injured and neglected—the animals who need her most.

Indraloka's Director of Development with a rescue sheep

Robin Olson

Director of Development

Robin joined Indraloka in July of 2020.  She has been raising funds professionally for 20 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 20 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.

Indraloka's Director of Education with a rescued pig

Sarah Thornton

Director of Education

Sarah Thornton, MMEd, started volunteering at Indraloka in 2014 with animal care and events and has served as Director of Education since 2018. She taught music in the Sullivan County School District for 20 years and still performs in numerous ensembles playing clarinet. Sarah is a Starr Commonwealth Certified Trauma and Resilience Specialist in Education (CTRS-E) and served on her 7-12 grade SAP (Student Assistance Program) Team after completing certification through the Commonwealth of PA Student Assistance Program for grades K-12. Sarah has also completed annual suicide prevention training, annual mandated reporter training, Stop the Bleed and annual School Safety Training. Sarah previously served as a youth sports and yoga instructor, basketball coach for elementary and junior high school girls, youth and adult running club mentor, chiropractic assistant, and a camp counselor and camp supervisor at Warminster Parks and Recreation for 7 years. She holds a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University and an MM in Music Education from Ithaca College.

Sarah can most often be found playing with goats or snuggling pigs, and 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.

Sam Watts

Office Manager

Sam joined Indraloka in October 2022. Prior to moving back home to Northeast Pennsylvania, Sam spent several years living in New York City after obtaining her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts & graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Pratt Institute of Art in 2011.

Sam has always had a passion for supporting local communities & contributing to the growth & sustainability of hyper-local economies. She has spent the past 12 years working in business administration & graphic design– providing small businesses, startup companies, and individuals with a variety of administrative and design support.

Sam is also passionate about promoting self-sustainability in an increasingly connected world, and has spent nearly a decade learning, teaching and promoting the importance of organic non-GMO heirloom gardening practices, food preservation techniques, seed saving, beekeeping, and the restoration of native plant species.

Sam and her husband enjoy living a quiet life in the beautiful Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, alongside their 6 rescued dogs and cats.

Animal Caregiver Manager at Indraloka with a rescued pig

Ryan Wenck

Manager, Animal Care and Facilities

Ryan Wenck, Animal Care and Facilities Manager, joined the team in 2021. Ryan organizes and leads the staff of Caregivers, Caregiver Assistants, Facilities Specialists, and volunteers on site. In his role, Ryan has worked with individuals with disabilities, teenagers, and leaders from many outside organizations

. He holds a Master of Management & Leadership, Public Administration from East Stroudsburg University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Kutztown University. Ryan has dedicated his time and energy to a variety of campaigns and has also been a personal trainer since 2014. Ryan shares, “What I find most rewarding about working here is saving animals from what may be in many cases a short, terrifying existence, and instead providing for them the opportunity to experience love and enjoyment. Also, working alongside other people who feel as strongly as I do about these animals is a great feeling.”

Outreach

Brody Edsell

Development and Operations Assistant

Brody joined Indraloka in January of 2024. He graduated from Arcadia University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and worked in a variety of related roles since then, eventually gravitating towards Indraloka because of his love for animals and his alignment with the organization’s mission.

Between his technical expertise and his experience in public-facing roles, he’s able to contribute a multitude of services to the team and serve as a first point of contact for anyone reaching out to the sanctuary. In his downtime, he enjoys improving at an array of solitary hobbies like music, gaming, and writing, but he also makes sure to carve out time to get outdoors for occasional visits to local nature trails. Those who know him would describe him as a laid-back and easygoing person who tries his best to have an ethical output on the world and inspire positive change.

Dana Montague

Partnership Development Manager

Dana is a transplant to the area from the Detroit suburbs and immediately began volunteering at Indraloka in November 2020, spending many hours at the sanctuary cleaning barns, sorting produce, and helping out with events. She officially joined the development team in February 2024. Her path to development was a product of happenstance as she volunteered for another farmed animal rescue previously and started planning their events, which eventually led her into a Development Manager position.

Prior to this, Dana spent years translating French to English after receiving her Bachelors in French Language and Literature and also tutored math in her spare time as a self-proclaimed science and math enthusiast.

When she’s not at the sanctuary rubbing pig bellies and hugging sheep, Dana can most likely be found out hiking, bird watching, mushroom foraging, and antiquing, or at home reading, cooking, playing piano, and hanging out with her two awesome bunnies.

NEPA Rescue Veterinary Clinic

  • Top row (from left to right):
    • Alexa Graham (Veterinary Technician)
    • Ally Welsch (Veterinary Assistant)
    • Kaitlyn White (Veterinary Clinic Coordinator)
  • Bottom row:
    • Leslie Interlandi (Veterinarian)

Animal Care and Facilities

  • Top row (from left to right):
    • Jadon Crawford (Animal Caregiver Assistant)
    • Lauren Gioconda (Animal Caregiver)
    • Emily LaBar (Animal Caregiver)
    • Diana Griffith (Animal Caregiver)
    • Ryan wenck (Animal Care and Facilities Manager)
  • Bottom row (from left to right):
    • Shelley Kresge (Animal Caregiver Assistant)
    • Ally Welsch (Veterinary Assistant)
    • Stephanie Bowers (Animal Caregiver Assistant)

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Harrison Wolff, MS CRC

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Harrison is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) from the Northeast Pennsylvania region who completed his masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Scranton. Harrison also completed his bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton as well. He is currently working towards obtaining his state license (LPC). Harrison has extensive experience working with families at the community level as well as working with adolescents and adults at inpatient psychiatric facilities. Additionally, Harrison has experience working with people who have been been victimized by crime, with a focus on sexual assault. 

Harrison’s approach to treatment starts with getting to know his clients and build a healthy client-therapist relationship. Through an eclectic compilation of therapies, Harrison aims to help begin or continue the healing process for his clients. Harrison has a wide array of interests and is looking forward to working with you. 

Facilities Specialist Kory Jones with rescued goats Ramona and Serendipity.

Kory Jones

Facilities Specialist

animal caregiver with rescued alpaca in a barn at Indraloka

TARA MLODZIENSKI

ANIMAL CAREGIVER

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