Pru Kaufman came to Swami in 1995. She was an active member of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of Fairlawn, New Jersey for twenty years, serving as SSE Coordinator and Seva Coordinator. In 2003, with Swami’s guidance, she helped the Fairlawn Center establish a soup kitchen located at the First Presbyterian Church of Passaic, New Jersey. The project began by serving a full hot meal once per month but quickly expanded to once a week year-round, as another Sai group, church volunteers and civic groups were inspired to contribute by this example of Sai’s love in action. The project continues today with uninterrupted service to the less fortunate. Pru also worked with the Sathya Sai Book Center of America for ten years, where she was instrumental in digitizing the product catalog and establishing the Book Center as an e-commerce outlet. Currently, she serves as President of the Sathya Sai Baba Group of New Orleans. Pru holds an M.A. in Public and Organizational Relations, and a B.A. in Organizational Communication, from Montclair State University. She teaches communication studies at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Michael Kaufman came to Swami in 1996. He was an active member of the Sathya Sai Baba Center of Fairlawn, New Jersey, for twenty years. As Happiness Coordinator, he brought joy to guests of the Passaic soup kitchen by implementing monthly birthday celebrations with cake and ice-cream, visits from Santa Claus, story-telling, jokes, sports trivia and other light-hearted activities. Currently he serves as Vice-President of the Sathya Sai Baba Group of New Orleans. Michael holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a B.S. from The Wharton School. He is a happily retired CEO and CFO.
Pru and Michael are eternally grateful for numerous family visits to Prasanthi Nilayam with their son. Golden memories of precious time spent in Swami’s physical presence are forever etched in their souls. Swami remains the guiding light in their lives.