The Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Craig Lukatch as the new President/Executive Director of Lacawac Sanctuary effective January 20, 2014.
Lukatch is a Hazleton native who has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising most recently working at the Greater Pittston YMCA and Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Forty Fort. Lukatch is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a degree in Philosophy.
"I have two passions, fundraising and helping others" stated Lukatch, "Finding a position at a place where I can combine my love of the outdoors and conservation with a passion for fundraising is thrilling. I look forward to being a part of the Lacawac team."
Lukatch's appointment comes several months after Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Drexel University and Miami University in Ohio announced an agreement to form an environmental research and education consortium at Lacawac Sanctuary, a popular National Natural Landmark and ecological field research station in Wayne County.
The consortium will build on existing partnerships with leading universities and will focus on cutting-edge global climate-change and water-quality research. The new consortium coincides with plans to construct a new research laboratory at Lake Lacawac, a 13,000-year-old pristine lake that forms the heart of Lacawac Sanctuary in northeastern Pennsylvania.