MEET THE TEAM | Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Meet The Team

Indra the Founder of Indraloka with a rescued sheep

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).

Sam Watts

Office Manager

Photo and bio – coming soon!

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 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.

Indraloka's Director of Education with a rescued pig

Sarah Thornton

Director of Education

Sarah 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 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 counselor 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.

Veterinarian at Indraloka with a rescued cow

Leslie Interlandi, DVM

Veterinarian

Leslie joins 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 Development and Operations Assistant with a rescued goat

Kaitlyn White

Development and Operations Assistant

Kaitlyn joined Indraloka in June of 2021. She is a 2018 Marywood University Alumna and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Media Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University, which helped to lay the groundwork for her many roles at Indraloka. Kaitlyn strives to make a positive impact in everything she does, often making sure everyone around her is happy and offering her help in any way she can. She enjoys observing, asking questions, and learning more about any given topic. Kaitlyn thoroughly enjoys getting to know new people and loves to share all of the fun happenings at Indraloka on our social media platforms. 

In addition to her love of all beings at Indraloka, Kaitlyn is also passionate about mental health advocacy and marine life conservation. She particularly loves sea turtles. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, journaling, walking, and going to concerts with her friends and family. 

Animal Caregiver Manager at Indraloka with a rescued pig

Ryan Wenck

Animal Caregiver Manager

Animal Caregiver with rescued goat at Indraloka

Ally Welsh

Animal Caregiver

Animal caregiver with rescued sheep at Indraloka

Nevaeh Martin

Animal Caregiver

Animal caregiver assistant with a rescued turkey at Indraloka

Bianca Mattei-Miller

Animal Caregiver Assistant

Animal Caregiver Assistant at Indraloka with a rescued black and white cat

Micah Beahan

Animal Caregiver Assistant

animal caregiver with rescued alpaca in a barn at Indraloka

Tara Mlodzienski

Animal Caregiver

Animal Caregiver with a black rescued duck

Sierra Krohnemann

Animal Caregiver

Animal Caregiver with two rescued chickens at Indraloka

Alexa Graham

Veterinary Assistant

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