SS Gurujot Kaur Khalsa was appointed in 2009 as Secretary General and CEO of Sikh Dharma International. As CEO/ Secretary General she is responsible to oversee the management of the business affairs of SDI in fulfilling its mission and purpose. She is also responsible for the administration and oversight of the International Khalsa Council, the leadership body and advisory council for the Sikh Dharma/3HO community and non-profit organizations.
Gurujot Kaur also serves as a board member of the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation, having been elected in 2012, and re-elected in 2015. She is very dedicated to working with the Sikh Dharma/3HO family of organizations and communities around the world to foster inclusiveness and to work together to establish a foundation of leadership and structure that will serve our Dharma for generations to come. Ordained as a Sikh Minister by the Siri Singh Sahib in 1974, Gurujot Kaur has been working and serving our Dharmic mission for many decades.
With her extensive organizational, administrative and team building skills, and her deep love for our Dharma and our Dharmic community, she has served in many capacities, on local, national and international levels.
She resides in Herndon, Virginia with her husband and is an active member of the Herndon Sangat, which has a very vibrant and successful Gurdwara and Kundalini Yoga center. She has two adult children, 2 adult step-children and 2 beautiful grand children.
SS Gurumukh Singh Khalsa 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.
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.
Guruprakash Kaur was born in 1979 and grew up as a Sikh and student of the Siri Singh Sahib’s with her family in Altadena, Ca. She attended Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India and after college, returned to MPA to serve as faculty for several years. Guruprakash Kaur then began her journey at Sikh Dharma International as the Director of Fund Development in 2008 through 2009. After some time off to focus on raising her two boys, she came back to the position in January of 2015.
Guruprakash Kaur has been an avid supporter of Sikh Dharma International and the concept of tithing to Dasvandh ever since her first pay check. Serving this Dharma’s prosperity through Fund Development is a blessing and source of joy and fulfillment.
Guruprakash Kaur lives in Espanola, NM with her husband, Guru Darbar Singh, and sons, Ravijit Singh and Sukhprem Singh. She enjoys singing Kirtan in Gurdwara, connecting with the local sangat, practicing Kundalini yoga and meditation and spending time with her family.
Amrit Kaur 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 fifteen years.
Amrit Kaur joined the 3HO/Sikh Dharma community in Vancouver, BC over 30 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 and langar together for our Sunday Gurdwara. They maintain a vegetable garden, fruit trees and are beekeepers and are working towards more sustainable, responsible living.
SS 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.
SS Sada Bahar Kaur Khalsa is both Khalsa Council Secretary and Dharmic Education Assistant and has been working with SDI since November 2013. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Sada Bahar Kaur practiced as an Acupuncturist, taught Kundalini Yoga and served as Gurdwara Secretary at Raj Yog Nivas / Yoga West. She served at Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India for three years as the Medical Coordinator and Senior Girls Caretaker and now serves on the Sikh Dharma Education International Board of Directors. Sada Bahar Kaur is an ordained Sikh Dharma Minister and has completed a Chaplaincy Residency at CPMC hospital in San Francisco CA.
Sada Bahar Kaur and her husband, Mahan Atma Singh, moved to Espanola NM in 2014 and she loves the unusual combination of a thriving Sangat along with the beauty and slow pace of a small town. Sada Bahar Kaur is honored by this opportunity to bring all she has learned in order to serve the Dharma through SDI.
At an early age of 5, OngKar first met the Siri Singh Sahib (known then as “Yogi Ji”) 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 now lives in the Herndon, Virginia Sangat 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 33 years and is the proud mother of 2 grown sons who are graduates of Miri Piri Academy.
OngKar joined SDI in May of 2012. As Service Programs Director, her focus is
1) to develop and support global service programs which focus on serving those in need
2) to develop a global community which is relevant to the worldwide Sangat and encourages participation, education and personal growth in the Dharma.
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.
I attended my first winter solstice in 1988 in Lake Wales, Florida. This same year turned out to be the last one that The Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan was present and I can remember the moment we interacted for the first time. I literally felt something in myself adjust and I know that moment changed my life forever. I moved to Española, New Mexico the next year and set to work in one of the KIIT (Kundalini International Industries and Trade) Offices, where I worked with Siri Ram Kaur for two years on Aquarian Times, The Kundalini Yoga magazine. This part of my life I call ‘miracle.’
Formally, I received a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University. This training, in conjunction with a life-long quest to serve humanity, make up the skills used to serve the mission of Sikh Dharma International in the Marketplace Products and Communications Departments.
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 Sarb Nam Kaur Khalsa supports the Sikh Dharma Ministry as the Executive Assistant to the Office of the Secretary of Religion, managing the administrative duties of the global Sikh Dharma Ministry. She also serves as the Sikh Dharma Ministry Newsletter Editor and Ministry Webmaster (www.sdministry.org) .
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, California, 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 has worked for many of the Dharmic entities, including 3HO/Women’s Camp and KRI/The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings.
She is a member of the International Khalsa Council and has served as the Khalsa Council Recording Secretary since 2001. She works in her local community as a youth mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and has worked on the ashram security team and served on the staff of the New Mexico State Legislature from 2011-2015.