Harrisburg, PA - Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Robert Barrese, former manager of Mt. Pisgah State Park, Bradford County, to oversee operation of the Lackawanna State Park Complex, based near Scranton.
“With his managerial and public relations skills, Rob is a natural selection for Lackawanna, where a 198-acre lake helps draw more than 360,000 visitors annually,” said Dunn. “Under his leadership, four parks and their many visitors can only profit.”
Barrese will oversee Lackawanna’s 1,411 acres just north of Scranton, which are especially popular with winter activity enthusiasts. Other state parks within the complex are:
- Prompton, 972 acres, Wayne County
- Archbald Pothole, 153 acres, Lackawanna County
- Salt Spring, 400 acres, Susquehanna County
“The four parks of Lackawanna State Park Complex are actually the first four state parks I visited as a child,” Barrese said. “As a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, I grew up hunting, fishing and recreating in these areas. I look forward to returning to the Northeast as a park manager and having a positive impact on my home community.”
Barrese, 41, replaces James Wassell, who was assigned as manager of French Creek State Park Complex, based in Berks County. Barrese began his Bureau of State Parks career as a management trainee, working in the Lackawanna State Park Complex. In late 2016, he was named manager at Mt. Pisgah State Park, Bradford County.
Before joining the bureau, Barrese served five years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Second Class Petty Officer in the position of Aerographers Mate. With weather forecasting and oceanography skills, he served on two different U.S. Marine assault ships out of Sasebo, Japan.
After discharge, Barrese completed his master’s degree in education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He spent 14 years in higher education as a coach, administrator, and educator, working with programs that included Penn State Football and Michigan State University.
A native of Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Barrese is married to Dr. Jessica Barrese.
For more information on any of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR’s website.