Lukatch is a Hazleton native, currently residing in Peckville PA who has extensive experience with more than 15 plus years 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 currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators and Indraloka Animal Sanctuary and has served on various boards of nonprofits from the NEPA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, to the Hazleton YMCA, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators. He currently serves as Treasurer and Co-chair of the Special Events Committee for the Rainbow Allliance. Over his tenure he has raised over $6 million from foundations and for capital projects for local nonprofits.
Beth Norman, PhD
Director of Science and Research
Beth grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where interaction with the natural world was a way of life. She has always been interested in science, particularly ecology. She received a B.S. in Biology from Bridgewater College, a small liberal arts school in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. After a short interlude teaching middle and high school science and math classes, she earned a M.S. degree in Biology from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech. Beth has also worked as a post-doctoral researcher for Trent University and Michigan State University. Beth is an ecosystem ecologist interested in how interactions among organisms influence the structure and functioning of freshwater habitats. Her research investigates how essential elements like nitrogen and carbon are transformed and transported through ecosystems and the role microorganisms, plants, and animals play in these processes. She also studies how these relationships are affected by human activities such as land use change, nutrient loading, and pollution. Beth uses experimental manipulations as well as natural studies in her research, at scales ranging from laboratory microcosms to whole ecosystems.
Director of Environmental Education
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 and Environmental Science 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. Beyond environmental education Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband Larry, and two children, Leah and Caden. 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.
Director of Facilities
Director of Facilities
Casey Arnold is proficient in construction and maintenance jobs spending the last 5+ years dealing with hand and power tools. He has worked part-time at a ski resort for 3 seasons as a part of park crew/trail maintenance and is an avid completion skier (6 years) . Casey recently became a coach for freestyle skiers ages 7-12. He is pursing a Bachelors Degree in Environment Science.
Natalie is a Pennsylvania native growing up in Archbald. She has always been interested in the sciences, specifically Wildlife biology. Natalie has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Keystone College. She has been an assistant researcher for multiple wildlife-specific projects throughout the north and the southeastern United States, including brook trout research with the PA game commission, Northern saw-whet owl banding projects, and endangered herpetological-based projects. On top of her research, she has worked at the Greater Scranton YMCA for over ten years, providing all-inclusive programs for children and adults. Natalie is also an adjunct wildlife and environmental biology instructor at Keystone College; she encourages her students to get outside and understand their surroundings and ecological impacts. Natalie enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and fishing in her spare time.
Experienced Senior Director Finance with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services and other industries including Non for Profit Organizations. Skilled in Analytical Skills, Management, external/internal audit and SOX compliance, Financial Accounting, Systems implementation, Month-end close efficiency improvements and USGAAP/IFRS accounting standards guru. Strong finance professional graduated with MBA from Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration. CPA in US (NY/PA) and Spain. Double nationality and proficient in English, Spanish and French.