Meet Our Staff
Lukatch is a Hazleton native, currently residing in Moosic PA who has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising most recently working as the CEO of the Greater Pittston YMCA and the Director of Development at Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Forty Fort. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology. Lukatch as served on various boards of nonprofits from the NEPA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, to the Hazleton YMCA and the Community Services for Sight organization in Hazleton. Lukatch has successfully completed a $500,000 renovation of the Greater Pittston YMCA including renovated locker rooms and a new welcome center/lobby. Over his tenure he has raised over $2 million for capital projects. Lukatch is currently the Director of Music at Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hazleton.
Sarah DeVaul Princiotta, PhD
Director of Research and Education
Sarah's Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Sarah DeVaul Princiotta is the Director of Research and Education at The Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station. Dr. Princiotta received her BS and PhD in biology from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) where she studied aquatic microbial ecology. Her field work on the role of thermal stratification in shaping patterns of protistan dynamics and diversity took place in Lake Lacawac, an ideal venue to study ecological patterns in the absence of anthropogenic forces. Dr. Princiotta has also contributed to work in the effects of dissolved organic matter on lake ecosystems and physiological tolerance of different algal species. Dr. Princiotta received funding from the National Science Foundation to teach natural resource management and environmental science in a Philadelphia high school. Dr. Princiotta effectively brought science into the classroom by initiating a science fair program at W.B. Saul High School, where students went on to win awards at the regional and national level.
Jamie Reeger joins the Lacawac team with more than 20 years of Environmental Education experience. She has a Masters of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge MA as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg Univeristy. Environmental education has never been a job for Jamie but a true passion in which to share her knowledge and wonder of being part of incredibly perfect planet. Prior to her position at Lacawac, Jamie worked at Lackawanna College Environmental Institute/Education Center as the director. She also served as the environmental educator at Monroe County Environmental Education Center and was the director of the Bear Creek Camp and Nature Center. She is excited to help build the programs at Lacawac and can see amazing potential with a wonderful team of dedicated professionals. Beyond environmental education Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband Larry, and two children, Leah (5) and Caden (3). Jamie is an avid gardener and tries to grow much of the family’s food for the year. Eating local whole foods is another way she believes she can affect positive change for Earth and her family. She also enjoys biking, skiing, camping, canoeing and anything outdoors.
Charlene began her education in the Art field but quickly took to Environmental courses. She began her own art business but would close her studio during the summer and volunteer at the local nature center. After many years it led to a position that made Charlene happy and passionate about what she was doing. She became the Environmental Education Director for Bear Creek Camp and years later the Water Education Specialist with Pennsylvania Resources Council. Charlene found what she enjoy most is providing innovative, interactive, hands on programming to children as well as adults. “It is not just about my love of nature, but also to share that love and knowledge in hopes that others will become curious and passionate also.” This love of all things natural has led Charlene to her current endeavors and her work as the Environmental Center Coordinator for Mechanicsburg Area School District, as Nature Specialist for Lake Naomi Club, the Events Committee Chair and Naturalist for the North Branch Land Trust and now with Lacawac Sanctuary
Heidi Van Leuven is an NEPA-based artist and recent Lacawac artist-in-residence who draws much inspiration from nature, drollery, and the intertwining microcosms of life. After receiving her BFA in Painting with a Minor in Art History from Marywood University in 2005, she interned as a studio assistant with Brooklyn-based sculptor Dennis Oppenheim. She later attended Georgia Southern University and completed her MFA in Painting in 2009. Currently, Heidi teaches painting classes while working on a variety of art, antiquing, and music projects in the Scranton area.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Marisa obtained her B.A. in History from Ohio University and M.S in Parks and resource Management from Slippery Rock University. Her experience with environmental education stems from a lifelong passion for the outdoors and nature. In addition to camping and exploring parks and trails on a regular basis, she spent four months hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail with her husband and dachshund. Her professional experience entails a wide and diverse range from environmental education at Fort Drum Army Installation to working for Walt Disney World in recreation. Marisa has also served as an AmeriCorps KEYS member with Reading Is Fundamental Pittsburgh as a Site and Outreach Coordinator where she encouraged youth to love reading as much as she does. In addition she has also worked for the National Park Service at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River as well as Virgin Islands National Park. Marisa’s favorite quote that she feel sums up her view of environmental education is from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, its not.”
Land Stewardship Manager/Operations Manager