Meet Just Some of Our Current Team Members

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Vaishnavas CARE has several teams and other volunteers across North America, Europe and other parts of the world who are trained and inspired to serve the sick and dying devotees and their families. 

 

PLEASE MEET JUST SOME OF OUR VAISHNAVAS CARE VOLUNTEERS:

 

Vamanadeva Das, John Pattinson, BS (Computer Science) Treasurer of Vaishnavas C.A.R.E., Inc., 0Vamanadeva is a Retired Senior Network Engineer/ Supervisor by profession with many years of hospital administration experience. As the Treasurer of Vaishnavas CARE he ensures the donations are handled with the highest standard of professionalism and integrity. Vamanadeva Das is an active congregational member and Volunteer at ISKCON Philadelphia (U.S.) and has been a longtime Volunteer and Board of Director for Vaishnavas CARE since its inception. 

 

 

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Sangita Devi Dasi RN, Hospice Educator (ACBSP) (Susan Pattinson, RN, joined ISKCON at 16 years of age in 1972 and was twice initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles where she was a pujari for the Deities. Later, she co-founded and taught in the Honolulu Gurukula School for several years beginning in 1979 while also caring for the Deities in ISKCON Honolulu.

Years later, in 1994, Sangita, while caring for her family, received her degree as a Registered Nurse (RN). In 2000, after receiving her Certification and specializing in Hospice and Palliative Care (CHPN), she co-founded the non-profit organization Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally ill and Those in Need). Sangita is the author of the book, “The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas“ (Torchlight Publishing, 1st and 2nd Editions), a hands-on guide for the care of terminally ill loved ones and friends. The Final Journey has literally given thousands of caregivers the confidence they needed to care for family and friends at the end-of-life. For 18 years she  traveled throughout North America and India giving hospice seminars to train devotees in various temples and communities. She continues to teach devotees throughout the world by presenting in-person seminars as well as the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. Distance Learning Course via this website. (See our HOME page for details.)

In addition, for almost a decade, Sangita Dasi worked with Giriraj Swami to design and build the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, a 40,000 square foot hospice facility in the Holy Dhama of Vrindavan, India. Sangita personally trained the nurses at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice. Sangita Devi Dasi is acknowledged as being the international pioneer who systematically introduced hospice care in our ISKCON Movement. 

 

Bhaktavatsala das RN, BSN, APN, a senior disciple of His Holiness Hridayananda Das Goswami, has been a Registered Nurse /Advanced Practice Nurse, in the United States for over 35 years. Most of his experience is in Intensive Care, management and education. 

One of the original members of the Vaishnavas CARE Team, Bhaktavatsala first presented the concept of hospice and Vaishnavas CARE to the ISKCON Governing Body of Commissioners (GBC) in Mayapur, India in 2000. He served as the Head Pujari (Priest) at the ISKCON Silicon Valley Temple (California, U.S.A.) for 20 years. He still remains on the ISV Board of Directors and serves as the Manager of the ISV temple kitchen. 

 

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Vathsala brings with her many years of experience performing devotional service at ISKCON Philadelphia. In addition, she has a BA degree in economics/political science from Madras University, a BS in biology and chemistry from Gwynedd-Mercy University located in Pennsylvania (U.S.) and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from Eastern University (U.S.). In addition, Vathsala holds a teaching certificate from Cheyney University (U.S.) with 30 years of teaching experience in the subject of science. (K-12 grades). 

We are fortunate to have Vathsala on our ISKCON Philadelphia Team. She is very kind-hearted and enthusiastic to serve Srila Prabhupada’s dear devotees. She has served on a variety of non-profit organizations in the past and also brings with her years of multi-cultural exposure.

Thank you for volunteering on our team, Vathsala!

 

*Kamala Radha Devi Dasi, a disciple of His Holiness Niranjana Swami, is an Experienced Volunteer for our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. She is the Administrative Assistant for Vaishnavas CARE in general and manages the “Vaishnavas CARE” Facebook page as well as the “Online Vaishnavas CARE Grief Support Group.” 

IMG_7770Kamala Radha Devi Dasi is a patient advocate, with years working with non-profit organizations and palliative care experience. Kamala Radha is the Co-Founder and Former CFO for the non-profit organization, “Project Sloopy,” whose mission was to give free medical supplies to the needy around  the world. From donating hospital beds for children with cystic fibrosis, to tracheostomy supplies in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak of 2014, their free medical supplies were instrumental to saving the lives of children in need. 

Presently, Kamala Radha is involved with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — Family Facility and The Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition. Kamala Radha holds two certificates from the University of Pennsylvania in the “Communities of Faith Non-Profit Institute.” 

Kamala Radha has an inspiring service attitude and we are very pleased to WELCOME her to our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. She brings great enthusiasm to our team and has a strong desire to assist parents of children with special needs.  She is experienced in IT and Social Media Marketing and is working with our volunteers in Pune, India to “spread the word” about Vaishnavas CARE and the services we provide.  Kamala Radha has presented inspiring talks at our monthly Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team Meetings and inspires devotees in other cities to enroll in our online distance learning course/caregiver seminar. We feel blessed to have Kamala Radha on our Team!! 

 

1920470_788488537845271_616203822_n*Dina Daya Devi Dasi (ACBSP), Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Ayurvedic Practitioner. She is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She brings decades of diverse medical experience to our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. She is employed at one of the city’s largest medical centers as a Master’s Degreed Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner. Dina Daya also brings with her years of experience as a Licensed Ayurvedic Practitioner.

We are delighted that Dina Daya Devi Dasi  has joined our team, bringing so much of her knowledge and expertise to our  Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. 

 

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*Jagannatha Priya Devi Dasi, holds a Master’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Supervisor and Mentor at a major teaching hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.). She is a valued Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer on our Philadelphia Team. Jagannatha-priya serves on managerial teams for ISKCON Philadelphia temple. We welcome Jagannatha Priya’s management experience, devotional attitude, medical expertise, as well as her caring nature, to our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE  Team! 

 

 

 

 

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Sharon Stratton is a Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer on our Philadelphia Team. Sharon has worked for over 25 years as the Office Manager at her husband, Dr. Paul’s Chiropractic office, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.) — STRATTON FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER.  Sharon is also a Rebirthing Breath-worker, an Access Bars Practitioner, a Reiki Practitioner, and a Member of Young Living Essential Oils. Sharon is dedicated to choosing a healthy lifestyle and sharing this with others. WELCOME TO OUR PHILADELPHIA VAISHNAVAS CARE TEAM, SHARON! We are delighted to have you on our team!  

 

 

 

0* Sita Devi Dasi, a Disciple of His Holiness Varshana Swami, holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and is a CEO of a company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.). Seen here with her daughter, Annika, (in photo on left), Sita Devi is an appreciated Volunteer on the Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. 

Thank you, Sita Devi, for all of the service you render to the Devotees of Srila Prabhupada! 

 

 

 

0* Bhaktin Manju has been a longtime member of the Vaishnavas CARE Team in Philadelphia. She is a joy to work with and we are blessed to have her on our Team! She is a kind, caring and compassionate Vaishnavi. She likes to provide prasadam to the sick devotees in our congregation and visits them in their homes and/or in the hospital. Thank you, Manju, for all that you do for the devotees! 

 

 

 

 

15356647_712415768924694_73312523190586036_n*Janaki Devi Dasi, Ellen Pallme, LCSW, Specializes in Counseling.  Janaki Dasi served as the Vaishnavas CARE Team Leader for New Goloka’s Vaishnavas CARE Team in Hillsborough, North Carolina. She has since relocated to another area in North Carolina but is still offering her invaluable services to Vaishnavas CARE by counseling those in need of her expert guidance from afar. She offers Individual, Family, and Grief Support Counseling. We are so grateful to her for bringing to Vaishnavas CARE her high level of competence in counseling to those in need.  Thank you Janaki Devi Dasi !!

 

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* Jayasri Devi Dasi, Jaessica Hairston, M.D. Board Certified Psychiatrist

Jayasri Dasi is a valued Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer for New Goloka in Hillsborough, North Carolina. She so kindly volunteers as a Consultant for Vaishnavas CARE. 

 

 

 

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* Drishta Das (ACBSP) David Maclachlan, Retired Social Worker 

Drishta Das is a Vaishnavas CARE volunteer in Hillsborough, North Carolina (U.S.); He also serves as the ISKCON GBC Regional Secretary. We are grateful to Drishta Das for his experience in the field of Social Work and for the advice he brings to our Vaishnavas CARE project.

 

 

 

270065_2056138456687_7304625_n* Satyavati Devi Dasi, Registered Nurse (Disciple of His Holiness Indradyumna Swami). Satyavati is a Member of the North Carolina Vaishnavas CARE Team. She volunteers as a Consultant/Fundraiser. We welcome her devotion, caring and compassionate nature to our Vaishnavas CARE team. 

 

 

 

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*Taravali Devi Dasi, RN, BSN began the Toronto, Canada Vaishnava Care Team and served as the Team Leader for several years. She graduated from Nursing School in 2018.  We thank Taravali for being the Team Leader for so many years and we also thank her husband, Kevala Bhakti Das, for helping her begin and lead the Toronto Team. They are still volunteers on this successful team which is now the largest team in North America with 60 Volunteers! 

Taravali has recently turned this post as Team Leader over to Lalithapriya Devi Dasi (Seen below). Many dedicated volunteers are on the Toronto Vaishnava Care Team,  some who are medical professionals, including a long-time physician, Jagannatha Mishra Das, and Praharana Devi Dasi, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, who is a Social Worker.  Other key members include, Hemanga Das and Govinda Mohini Devi Dasi on the Strategic Planning Team, as well as Krsna Das Kaviraj Das and Paurnamasi Dasi .

We thank them all for their wonderful, enthusiastic service to Srila Prabhupada’s devotees! 

 

unnamedLalithapriya Devi Dasi, a disciple of His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami, is the Team Leader for the Toronto Vaishnava Care Team. She works in Information Technology as a “Systems Architect” for a financial company in Toronto. Lalithapriya stated, “I am extremely grateful to Srila Prabhupada for his ocean of compassion on us and for teaching and showing us the path to go back home, back to Godhead where there is no suffering and an eternal life with individuality. I want to follow in the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada and my Guru Maharaja by serving the devotees in our congregation and others as well. Vaishnavas CARE gives me opportunities to render service to the devotees at a time when they are sick and need our assistance the most.”

  We are so blessed to have Lalithapriya Dasi Leading our Toronto Team which now has over 60 Volunteers!!!

 

unnamed-2Hemanga Das is a member of our Toronto Vaishnavas CARE Team. He is initiated by His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari. He works professionally in the field of IT.
In his own words he explains why he chooses to be part of Vaishnavas CARE, “In my childhood I saw the death of my friend’s brother as well as a childhood friend in my teenage years who left his body while I was with him in the hospital. In each situation, I felt helpless. I know the family members need care and emotional support in these difficult times but I didn’t know how to do that. Vaishnavas CARE gives one that opportunity to serve a Vaishnava by giving them the emotional and spiritual support that will help them to go through  dßsease, old age and death by having faith in Krishna. One can become very dear to Krishna by serving a Vaishnava when it is most needed. My guru, His Grace Sankarshan Prabhu, always mentions that it is important to make new devotees and more important than that is to take care of existing devotees. This service will keep me inspired in devotional service and will remind me of how uncertain ošne’s life is in this material world. Moreover, it will help me to soften my heart by being compassionate toward others who are suffering and help me to develop gratitude toward Krishna  for all that He has given to me to progress spiritually.”

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* Kalindi Devi DasiRetired Registered Nurse, is a senior disciple of His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami, and has been the Team Leader for the Houston Vaishnavas Care Team for over 18 years. The Houston Vaisnavas Care Team  is the longest running Vaishnavas Care Team in the world. The Houston Vaishnavas Care Team has a Physician and Licensed Therapist on their team as well. In addition, Kalindi Dasi has started a Vaishnavas Care Team in Quanzhou, China. We very much appreciate her dedication and long-time service to this project!  

 

 

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Bhavani-Devi Dasi (seated left in photo) is our Team Leader for the Vancouver Vaishnavas CARE Team which is under the auspices of His Holiness Bhakti Marg Swami.

Bhavani is a Retired Registered Nurse and Community Social Worker trained in England. Bhavani-Devi Dasi states, “This is where I first experienced the privilege of providing empathetic and supportive care for families struggling with the death of a loved one.”

Bhavani has three children, two now initiated by ISKCON gurus.  She and her youngest son were initiated together by His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari.

Bhavani’s daughter, Saci Priya Devi Dasi (seated right in photo) was initiated by His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami. Saci Priya has kindly stepped forward to bring her compassionate nature and previous caregiver experience into the Vancouver Vaishnavas CARE Team and will be working alongside her mother. “This Mother-Daughter team” bring with them years of caregiving experience. We feel fortunate to have them on board! 

Bhavani-Devi Dasi and Saci Priya Devi Dasi, along with Saci Priya’s son, presently reside together in a home in the Vancouver, Canada area. We welcome them to our family of Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteers and are very grateful to them for stepping forward to serve Srila Prabhupada and his devotees in this way! 

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*Cheryl Elia is a congregational member at ISKCON Hillsborough (North Carolina, U.S.) and is a computer professional for the school district with over a decade of experience. Cheryl volunteers to assist with the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. website on a regular basis. We very much appreciate her expertise and as Cheryl states, she “appreciates the opportunity to serve Srila Prabhupada and his devotees by helping Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. in this way.” 

Thank you, Cheryl, for all you do for Vaishnavas CARE!! 

 

 

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*Lilavilasini Devi Dasi, a senior disciple of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, lives in Terni, Italy. She serves Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. as our reporter in Europe, regularly submitting articles for Vaishnava News. We very much appreciate her assistance so we can better support and assist the sick and dying Vaishnavas throughout the world. Lilavilasini also gives hands-on care and emotional, spiritual and practical support to the devotees throughout Italy when they are in need. In addition, Lilavilasini is heading up the Vaishnavas CARE project to crochet warm, beautiful blankets for the local Brajvasi patients at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India as well as crocheting blankets and warm clothes for the babies of the economically disadvantaged families in Vrindavan, India.

We thank her for all of her years of service to Vaishnavas CARE. 

 

In addition, we have an exemplary Vaishnavas CARE Team in Boston,  Massachusetts (U.S.)

Thank you to our  dedicated Team in Chicago, Illinois (U.S.). and the surrounding area.

Vaishnavas CARE has many volunteers in communities worldwide who work alone or with his or her spouse

OR with one or two others to serve the devotees in their towns and/or congregations when needed.

We are very appreciative of these very caring, special individuals who serve those who are sick or facing the end-of-life. Many have  become inspired after taking our Vaishnavas CARE Distance Learning Course. We are so indebted to these individuals for the service they perform and pray for the blessings of our beloved Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna upon them and their families — now and always. 

Yours in service,

Sangita Devi Dasi 

President, Co-Founder

Vaishnavas CARE 

 

krsna-huggingOur main goal is to train more and more volunteers through our ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE to care for the devotees within their temples and communities around the world. Presently, their services range from bringing meals and reading to those who have been acutely ill and/or hospitalized, to serving those who are chronically ill and in need of visits and socialization with devotees, to caring for the devotees who are terminally ill and facing their final months. In addition, our volunteers reach out to those who are in need of Vaishnava friendship and encouragement by offering emotional and spiritual care. 

Please visit our Distance Learning Course on the HOME page of this website for information on how to receive your caregiver training from the comfort of your home — and at your own pace! Please write us at “CONTACT US” if you have any questions and require more information. Thank you.   

 

 

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