Meet our Team
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." – Andrew Carnegie
We at L.D. Docsa are honored to be able to participate in making a difference in the water and wastewater industries for over two decades. L.D. Docsa opened in 1958 under the name of Docsa-Smith, performing residential and light commercial construction, led by Leslie Docsa. The award of a series of Shell gas stations in the 1960’s enabled the company to set a permanent mark in the construction industry. The company was incorporated in 1963, and in 1990, formally changed its name L.D. Docsa Associates, Inc.
Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, Docsa was able to contract with several public and private entities, gaining experience in major commercial work, stepping away from the residential sector. As a general contractor in that time period, self-performance was a standard throughout the industry, and had become a guideline for future projects.
During the late 90’s, with the addition of a couple Michigan Tech engineering graduates, Docsa was about to take a turn towards the water and wastewater industry. It was in 1998, the award of the first major wastewater project was given to L.D. Docsa. Since this time, Docsa has made a name for itself in the industry, forming long-lasting relationships with clients and vendors.
To this day, L.D. Docsa prides ourselves on our tradesmen and craftsmanship we are able to provide our clients, along with solid engineering support. We are hands on in all aspects of the project from design to completion, providing turn-key solutions, at a best-value rate.
Here's a brief on who we are, individually, and as a team.
aka: ”The Boss”
Archetype: We didn’t ask, abut we could guess; Visionary, Intellectual then Spiritual
David L. Docsa, P.E., Chairman of the Board
Receiving his Architectural Engineering degree in 1965, David is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Michigan and Florida. As the Chairman of the Board, David oversees all aspects of L.D. Docsa and maintains relationships with his employees. As David has been at the helm of L.D. Docsa for over 50 years, his solid leadership skills prove to be unmatched by many. “My dad has always been ahead of the curve in the industry.” ~Jason Docsa, P.E. We are honored to call him “The Boss”!
As Chairman of the Board, David leads the operations of the company and oversees all financial aspects. He is actively involved in the day-to-day procedures, and provides leadership, direction and vision for the advancement of the company as a whole. David is a Professional Engineer, licensed in the states of Michigan and Florida.
aka: The Tie that Binds
Archetype: Spiritual, Intellectual and Visionary
Jason Docsa, P.E., President
Jason is a graduate of Michigan Technological College, receiving his degree in Civil Engineering. Jason is a Professional Engineer, registered in the states of Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania and also holds a certificate from California State University as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation Specialist.
Q: What is something owners have to deal with that you want to fix?
A: The design bid build model that is broken, and the non-realization that they own responsibility for the design. This results in a three way adversarial relationship between all stakeholders. Need more teamwork in constructing these projects.
Favorite Quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ― Calvin Coolidge
aka: Resident Handler
Archetype: Advocate, Spiritual,
Scott DeVoll, Vice President
Scott joined L.D. Docsa through an internship with Western Michigan University. Upon completing his bachelors degree in Construction Engineering, Scott was offered a full time position as Project Manager. As now our current Vice President, Scott heads up the municipal division in our office, as well as plays an intricate role in the day to day operations.
Q: What is something you try to relay in every project?
A: I try to create a culture that a contractor is NOT just here to charge additional costs, but rather an environment where the entire team (Owner, Engineer and Contractor) collaborates and recognizes that we as the contractor can be an additional resource to assist in problem solving, with everyone’s best interests in mind. There is a need for creating a learning environment on the projects with the Owners, on how and why things are built and operate the way they are.
Favorite Quote: “TEAM”
aka: Resident Harley Girl
Archetype: Intellectual, Visionary,
Jennifer Sitar, CFO
Jennifer is the newest member of our team, joining in the winter of 2019. She comes to us with an MBA from Western Michigan University along with 15 years of experience in the construction industry. She holds the title of CFO as well as Corporate Secretary. Jennifer handles all accounts receivables as well as oversees the entire accounting department.
Q: What do you enjoy about the work you do?
A: I have always been a numbers person and I like being a “go to” person. Being in charge of accounting tends to put you in that position. Also, it gives me a chance to work with everyone—clients and our internal employees.
Favorite Quote: “Live on purpose.”
aka: Resident Retiree
Archetype: Intellectual, Advocate, Spiritual
Ann MacCord, Accounts Payable/Human Resources
After completing two years in college, majoring in Accounting and Sociology, Ann started her career working in a bank. She absolutely loved that job working in the Trust Department. From there her career turned to an accounting position for a Mechanical Company for 15 years, then finally L.D. Docsa. Ann has been with L.D. Docsa since 2003. She handles all aspects of Human Resources, and is your point of contact for Accounts Payable.
Q: What do you enjoy when you are not working?
A: Playing cards, reading, being with family, traveling, visiting while having tea, discussing world events. I have six sisters so it is easy to participate in any of many things with whoever wants to be part of it. Never boring!
Favorite Quote: “Time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, (protecting its sanity), covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
aka: Resident Caretaker
Archetype: Caregiver, Advocate,
Jeff Lovell, General Superintendent
With a military background in the United States Marine Core, Jeff’s leadership and team building skills have molded him to fit the General Superintendent position perfectly. Jeff has been with L.D. Docsa for over 30 years and has created solid relationships with our employees and clients. Jeff oversees project scheduling, through ensuring on-time material delivery, equipment and manpower.
Q: What do you like about working at LDD and what do you enjoy when you are not working?
A: I like the family atmosphere, and the variety of work that we do at L.D. Docsa. Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing, playing golf, and watching my son play baseball.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
aka: Resident Youth Coach
Archetype: Advocate, Caregiver
Kris Alderman, Safety Director/Site Operations
As the Site Operations & Safety Manager, Kris is responsible for all aspects of field support and safe work practices. Kris ensures our jobs are equipped and complies with all L.D. Docsa EHS policies. Kris recently received the Health and Safety Professional of the year award for 2020, from the MWEA. We are honored to have Kris on our team, ensuring our team goes home safe every day.
Q: What is the most important aspect of your job?
A: As the Safety Manager, it is my job to ensure that our employees are safe every day. With an understanding of time being a factor on projects, I have to ensure that our work is being performed in a safe and timely manor. This requires a lot of preplanning and education for not only our employees, but our subcontractors as well. Getting everyone on the same page, for the sake of safety, can be challenging, and also rewarding. A safe day, is a successful day.
Favorite Quote: "We got no food, we got no jobs, our pets heads are falling off! – Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber. But on a serious note, these two are are at the top of the list: "Through endurance we conquer." and "Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all." Both by Ernest Shackelton.
aka: Disc Golf Guru
Archetype: Visionary, Intellectual,
Jennifer Sawyer, Project Manager
Jennifer joined L.D. Docsa in 2006, and has learned the business from the ground up. Throughout her career she has completed various courses to bring new methods of tracking and managing projects to the team. Jennifer plays a key role in project coordination. Whether it's coordinating material delivery, scheduling, cost changes, project cost, etc., she handles the different project aspects between various resource managers, clients, subcontractors, and suppliers to drive projects forward.
Q: What do you enjoy about the work you do?
A: I enjoy working with our project teams and seeing a project brought to life. I like coordinating, organizing, and planning in general so I enjoy the process of taking the overall project picture and breaking it down to digestible milestones and tracking points.
Favorite Quote: “Success is the ability to move from one failure to another without the loss of enthusiasm.”
aka: Resident Poet
Archetype: Creative, Caregiver, Intellectual
Emily Daniel, Administrative Assistant
Emily joined L.D. Docsa in 2018 to assist with administrative duties. Since joining the team, Emily has proved to be a valuable asset to L.D. Docsa and our clients. Emily’s attention to detail, as well as favorable communication skills are unmatched by many. Her kind soul is felt throughout the company. Emily is one of those people that you just love to be around!
Q: What are the values that drive you?
A: I want people to feel that they uniquely matter, that their voice and perspective is important, and that we all deserve a chance to give and receive respect and dignity.
Favorite Quote: "The world is violent and mercurial--it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love--love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love." – Tennessee Williams
aka: The Party Planner
Archetype: Caregiver, Creative, Visionary
Farrah Decker, Assistant Project Manager
After earning her Associates Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Farrah joined the Michigan Air National Guard, and was assigned to the Engineering Squadron. Through this connection, Farrah joined our team in 2007, filling the role of Assistant Project Manager, while continuing her commitment with the MI ANG. Farrah is key to the day to day actions in supporting the project manager, as well as on-site superintendents. Farrah also teams up with Karen in our marketing department to help spread the good word on wastewater. Look for those two if you are out and about at a trade show! They love to share our message.
Q: What do you like about working at LDD?
A: That I get to be a part of a company that I believe in. That we get to facilitate Water and Wastewater work which is important to everyday existence. That we are helping make a difference in communities. I've gotten to create lasting friendships/relationships with those I work with. I also get to have a creative outlet with the shows we attend and events we've hosted as a company.
Favorite Quote: “I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
aka: Utility Player
Archetype: Caregiver, Intellectual, Spiritual
Karen Ruff, Marketing/Client Relations
Karen is one of those employees we have dubbed “repeat”! Karen originally joined L.D. Docsa in 1997. After being with us for nearly 10 years, she had made the decision to stay at home and raise her three kids. Fast forward to 2016, we called and she said “Absolutely!” Since then, Karen has made an impact in our marketing efforts. With her experience on the project management side of things, she has also been able to step in to fill roles when needed.
Q: What is it you do at LDD?
A: I’ve been described as the “utility player”. With my main focus on marketing and business development, I often get opportunities to jump lanes working along side other employees on short-term projects. I love filling the support role and being able to assist in all aspects of the company.
Favorite Quote: There are so many brilliant minds out there with inspiring words. One of my favorites is “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”– John F. Kennedy. Those around the office often hear me say “We are already at no, we’ve got nothing to loose!” It’s all about a positive perspective, a choice we each make every day.
Self performance is the heart and soul of our company. Our site crew goes above and beyond the call each day to ensure that our projects are delivered in a safe and timely manor. We are thankful for our team each and every day!