SS Gurujot Kaur Khalsa - Secretary General & CEO.
Gurujot Kaur holds the office of the Secretary General of Sikh Dharma Worldwide. Appointed in 2009, she has served the Sikh Dharma community as the CEO of Sikh Dharma International, and Sikh Dharma Worldwide throughout this period of challenge and transformation. She is dedicated to working with our Sikh Dharma communities throughout the world, and fostering inclusive and empowering organizational structures as we move forward in service to humanity. As a long-time member of the Khalsa Council, she served as the body’s Chief Facilitator since 2000, organizing the meetings and setting the agendas for this international leadership body of Sikh Ministers that was inspired and created by the Siri Singh Sahib.
Ordained as a Sikh Minister by the Siri Singh Sahib in 1974, she resides in the Sikh Dharma community in Herndon, VA, which serves the Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland areas. She has served on the Board of Directors of Sikh Dharma of Virginia, and on the Administrative Council focusing on community development. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a wife, a mother, a step-mother and a grandmother.
She has participated in numerous public affairs events with the Siri Singh Sahib and Bibiji including 2 presidential inaugurations and congressional meetings and has represented Sikh Dharma at meetings with other national Sikh organizations. She had the privilege and blessing of coordinating the Siri Singh Sahib’s memorial services in Espanola in 2004, where thousands of students, friends and family members came to pay their respects and honor this great man of God.
Dr. Sada Anand Kaur, Ed.D. – COO.
Dr. Sada Anand Kaur was brought on as acting Chief Operating Officer during the transitional and expansion phase of SDI in December of 2012. She was brought on as full time COO in June, 2013
After fifteen years in the education field and ten years working with, studying, and practicing Kundalini yoga technology and the Dharmic lifestyle, Sada Anand earned a Doctorate with honors in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University.
As an educator and teacher advisor in Los Angeles, California, Sada Anand focused on developing curriculum and training teachers to effectively instruct language minority and immigrant students of Los Angeles’ public school sector. She has also taught these strategies to aspiring teachers at the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California.
Sada Anand was born in Tehran, Iran. She immigrated to England at the age of six and then to the United States at the age of nine. In addition to residing in Paris, France during her adult life, Sada Anand spent six years living and working in Amritsar, India as Vice Principal and Principal of Miri Piri Academy.
Sada Anand’s Armenian heritage along with her diverse background, which include travel and work in various countries, has fostered an in depth understanding, appreciation, and working knowledge of both Eastern and Western cultures which has allowed her to effectively work with growing organizations, and to educate children, teachers and leaders in both public and private organizational and educational settings around the world.
Gurumukh Singh Khalsa – CFO.
Gurumukh Singh has been with the Eugene, Oregon Sikh Sangat for the last 40 plus years and was one of the original group of people that laid the foundation for Golden Temple Bakery and its future success. He was born and raised in Eugene, attended the University of Oregon and played golf for the Ducks.
At the urging of the Siri Singh Sahib he studied for and achieved his CPA license in Oregon. In 2006, he was part of the core group of Sangat that reestablished the Sikh Dharma of Oregon board. He currently sits on the board and is Treasurer for Sikh Dharma of Oregon.
Since leaving Golden Temple Bakery in 2010, he has been a magnet for non-profits. He became treasurer for the Interfaith Prayer Service International in 2010. Since their founding in 2002, they have had 132 continuous monthly interfaith prayer services. In 2012, he led the founding of the non-profit Anad USA and successfully achieved their 501c3 status. Anad USA promotes South Asian culture and especially the preservation and study of the Drupad Kirtan of the Sikhs (the original style sung by the Gurus). Their counter-part in India is Anad Foundation established by Bhai Baldeep Singh, 14th generation exponent of this style.
In 2010, Gurumukh established his own CPA firm and in June of 2013, he became the Comptroller General of Sikh Dharma International. Gurumukh is also a teacher of Kundalini Yoga at the Yoga West studio in Eugene and studies the Drupad Kirtan from Bhai Baldeep Singh. He loves history and biographies and is currently reading the History of Tibet.
Guru Jaswant Kaur - Accounts Payable Clerk.
Guru Jaswant Kaur was raised in the Sikh community in Espanola, New Mexico, but as of this year she has lived more than half of her life in Asia! Beginning with boarding school in India and then living and working in Singapore and Malaysia for the past 13 years, Guru Jaswant has been an international Sikh sevadar and community leader for many years. She participates in regular Camp Miri Piri Sikh youth programs in Singapore and Malaysia, and is a member of the sevadar youth groups in those two countries.
Raised in Sikh Dharma, she studied with the Siri Singh Sahib and firmly established the ethics of simran, seva, bana and bani into her personal lifestyle. She also teaches yoga regularly and participates in training new teachers in Southeast Asia. She is happy to be a part of the international team and working with SDI.
SS Dr. Sat-Kaur Khalsa – Secretary of Religion.
Dr. Sat-Kaur Khalsa has been serving as Secretary of Religion for Sikh Dharma International since 1991. The Office of the Secretary of Religion in co-operation with the Chancellor’s Office is responsible for the administration of the Sikh Dharma International Ministry. In addition, Dr. Sat-Kaur maintains a full-time psychotherapy private practice in Santa Monica, California and Santa Fe,
New Mexico. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and a facilitator for White Tantric Yoga. She is also a published author.
SS Shanti Shanti Kaur – Assistant Secretary of Religion.
Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, has been an ordained Minister since 1973. As her ministry she brings the ancient teachings of the Shabad Guru into modern medicine. She has taught Kundalini Yoga since 1971 and began to teach people with chronic or life threatening illness in 1986, under the guidance of Yogi Bhajan.
Dr. Khalsa now directs the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology, founded to bring his teachings into healthcare. She is a Medical Family therapist, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, and a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga mentoring lead trainer for Levels 1 and 2. Dr. Khalsa is a charter member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and served on the team that developed IAYT Educational Standards for Yoga Therapy Teacher Training. She developed and directs the 3 year 1,000 hour International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Practitioner Training program and provides continuing education for health professionals and yoga teachers. Her Kundalini Yoga program for people living with HIV is featured in the book, Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall, MD.
Sarb Nam Kaur Khalsa - Administrative Assistant.
Sarb Nam Kaur supports the Ministry, serving as the Sikh Dharma Ministers Newsletter Editor (sdministry.org) and manages the daily administrative duties of the office. Sarb Nam Kaur took Sikh Dharma Minister vows in June 2004. She first met the Siri Singh Sahib (Yogi Bhajan) in 1980 in Los Angeles, where she attended gurdwara and classes at Guru Ram Das Ashram. In 1995, Sarb Nam Kaur moved with her husband, Aradhana Singh and son, Fateh Singh to the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Sangat in New Mexico. She works for many of the Dharmic entities, including 3HO/Women's Camp and KRI/The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings. She also serves as Khalsa Council Recording Secretary.
SS Seva Kaur Khalsa – Fund Development Director.
Since 1971 Seva Kaur has been involved in our Dharmic businesses and Non-Profit sectors sharing her talent for visioning, design, organization, and management. She served as the Executive Secretary for the Los Angeles community, appointed by the Siri Singh Sahib and worked as the Creative Director for KIIT Marketing in Espanola, helping to design and market our family products.
Amrit Kaur Khalsa - Donor Care Officer
Amrit Kaur is the Donor Care Officer for Sikh Dharma International. She has been working with Dasvandh since 2000, and is very dedicated to serving and building the prosperity of the Dharma through the practice of Dasvandh. With strong personal belief that giving Dasvandh, one tenth of one’s time, income, and projection, will bring prosperity and blessings into one’s life, she has served and developed the systems for Sikh Dharma’s Dasvandh program for the past ten years.
Amrit Kaur joined the 3HO/Sikh Dharma community in Vancouver, BC over 20 years ago and has been a devoted student ever since. She lives in Espanola, NM with her husband, Mehtab Singh, and has two children. She and her husband love to serve and make prasad together for our Sunday Gurdwara. They maintain a vegetable garden, fruit trees and are beekeepers and are working towards more sustainable, responsible living.
Service Programs Department:
OngKar Kaur Khalsa - Program Director
OngKar Kaur Khalsa - Program Director. OngKar joined SDI in May of 2012. Her focus is to develop service programs which are relevant to the global Sangat and encourage participation, education and personal growth in the Dharma.
Along with her husband, Guru Amrit Singh Khalsa, over the last 12 years, she has built a thriving business that provides mortgage processing, bookkeeping and data entry services.
At an early age of 5, OngKar first met the Siri Singh Sahib when he visited her parents’ home in Orlando, FL. She has fond memories of "the early days" and growing up in an ashram community. The Siri Singh Sahib's influence was integral to her life.
She attended school at Guru Nanak 5th Centenary School in Mussoorie, India; then spent 5 years in Catholic school and finally completed her formal education at New Mexico Military Institute. OngKar lives in the Herndon, Virginia community where she serves on the Administrative Council of the community and as a board member of Sikh Dharma of Virginia. She has been happily married for 32 years and is the proud mother of 2 grown sons who are graduates of Miri Piri Academy.
Every day OngKar is inspired by and grateful for the gift of this Dharma. Her mission is to serve and continue to inspire each other so that we may all grow in consciousness and live to our highest destiny.
Sada Bahar Kaur - Program Coordinator.
After running her acupuncture and massage therapy practice in Vancouver, BC for nearly 20 years and serving her Sangat in many capacities, in 2008 Sada Bahar Kaur married into the Miri Piri Academy family and served there for three years as Medical Coordinator and Senior Girls Caretaker.
Since moving to the US, Sada Bahar Kaur has lived in Hargobind Sadan Ashram in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister and completed a yearlong residency in hospital chaplaincy. She is delighted to bring her experience and enthusiasm to serve the Global Sangat at SDI. Sada Bahar is the Program Lead for SDI’s KirtanXchange and Jobs & Internships programs.
Dharampal Kaur Khalsa – Program Coordinator.
She relocated to Espanola, NM in 2013 after living in Brooklyn, NY for 15 years. She is originally from Oakland, CA and grew up in the Sufi Ashram there. She is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College and has a B.A in Philosophy of Law and a B.A. in Media Arts. Before moving to New Mexico she spent nearly six years working at Brooklyn College coordinating an undergraduate science program and brings the skills and lessons learned from that position to serve the youth of our global Sangat.
Dharampal Kaur has served as the Security Manager at both Summer and Winter Solstices, is a licensed Medical Massage Therapist and is passionate about community development, sustainability practices, Gurdwara, and Sadhana. She is the Program Lead for SDI’s Fateh for Life program and in charge of the SDI sponsorship of Camp Miri Piri in Espanola, summer 2014.
Himmat Singh Khalsa - Program Coordinator.
Himmat Singh grew up at Guru Ram Das Ashram, in Toronto, Ontario. For six years, he studied at Miri Piri Academy, an American boarding school in India dedicated to providing the foundation of Kundalini Yoga and Sikh lifestyle to children. He began studying Gatka in 1999 at age 11 and took on a leadership role in the Gatka squad in his senior years. He has been teaching Gatka weekly classes in the Boston area at two Gurudwaras. While at Miri Piri he also studied Gurbani Kirtan and Bani Santhya among other subjects. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in education from Lesley University.
Education & Outreach Department:
Pritpal Singh – Director of Dharmic Education & Outreach.
Pritpal Singh Khalsa has been a Sikh and a student of the Siri Singh Sahib/Yogi Bhajan since 1972. He has studied Gurbani Kirtan and leads kirtan in communities around the world, having released several recordings of kirtan and mantras. Pritpal Singh is also a KRI-certified Professional Teacher Trainer of Kundalini Yoga and is involved in several Level 1 and Level 2 trainings around the world each year. He is also a Life Coach and presents workshops on topics such as Meditating on Purpose, Conscious Relationships, Sacred Sound, Emotional Competency and Accessing the Divine Masculine.
Hired by Sikh Dharma International in the 2nd half of 2013, Pritpal Singh is focused on many of the primary activities and programs offered. His goals include the development of programs that uplift people with the virtues and values of Sikh Dharma – through education, networking, seva and community building. Pritpal believes that it is essential to listen deeply to what is needed, envision through cooperation and creativity, and then lead with a strong sense of collaboration and teamwork to deliver positive world-wide impact.
Fatehpal Kaur Khalsa - Marketing Coordinator.
Fatehpal Kaur relocated to Hacienda De Guru Ram Das Ashram in Espanola, New Mexico after wedding her beloved, Sat Darshan Singh in June of 2013. Before moving to New Mexico she obtained a dual degree in Women's Studies and Documentary Filmmaking from CUNY Brooklyn College. She completed her Kundalini Yoga teacher training while in New York and is an active teacher in New Mexico. In the past she has served her community by leading creative writing workshops for survivors of sexual assault.
Fatehpal is inspired to carry on the Siri Singh Sahib's vision; the Grace of God Movement for women worldwide. She has aspirations of taking Sikh Dharma Minister vows and is passionate about women's issues, women's leadership and interfaith development.