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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


L.D. Docsa is proud to be making a difference in the water and wastewater industry for over two decades. L.D. Docsa opened in 1958 under the name Docsa-Smith, performing residential and light commercial construction under the leadership of Leslie Docsa. The award of a series of Shell gas stations in the 1960s enabled the company to make a permanent mark in the construction industry. The company was incorporated in 1963 and in 1990 formally changed its name to L.D. Docsa Associates, Inc.


Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, L.D. Docsa was able to contract with several public and private entities, gaining experience in major commercial work and stepping away from the residential sector. As a general contractor in that time period, self-performance was standard throughout the industry and had become a guideline for future projects.

During the late 90s, with the addition of a couple of Michigan Tech engineering graduates, L.D. Docsa was about to take a turn toward the water and wastewater industry. L.D. Docsa was awarded its first major wastewater project in 1998. Since that time, L.D. Docsa has made a name for itself in the industry, forming long-lasting relationships with clients and vendors. 

To this day, L.D. Docsa takes pride in the tradesmen and craftsmanship we 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 summary of who we are individually and as a team.


aka: The Boss


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Archetype: We didn’t ask, abut we could guess; Visionary, Intellectual then Spiritual

David L. Docsa, P.E., Chairman of the Board

David received his Architectural Engineering degree in 1965 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Michigan and Florida. As L.D. Docsa's Chairman of the Board, David leads the operations of the company and oversees all financial aspects. He is actively involved in day-to-day procedures and provides leadership, direction, and vision for the company's advancement as a whole. David has been at the helm of L.D. Docsa for over 50 years and his solid leadership skills are vital to our success. We are honored to call him “The Boss!"


aka: The Tie That Binds


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Archetype: Spiritual, Intellectual and Visionary

Jason Docsa, P.E., President

Jason is a graduate of Michigan Technological College with a 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 broken design-bid-build model and not realizing that they own responsibility for the design. This results in a three-way adversarial relationship between all stakeholders. More teamwork is needed in the construction of 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

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aka: Resident Handler


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Archetype: Advocate, Spiritual,


Scott DeVoll, Vice President

Scott joined L.D. Docsa through an internship with Western Michigan University. Upon completing his Bachelor's degree in Construction Engineering, Scott was offered a full-time position as Project Manager. Now serving as our Vice President, Scott heads up the municipal division in our office and plays an active role in day-to-day operations.

Q: What is something you try to relay on every project?

A: I try to create a culture where the contractor is not just here to charge additional costs, but rather to create 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 while keeping everyone’s best interests in mind. There is a need to create a learning environment on the projects with the owners on how and why things are built and operate the way they do.

Favorite Quote: “TEAM”

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Archetype: Caregiver, Intellectual,


Bobbie Suchan, Chief Financial Officer

Bobbie is the newest member of our team, having joined LDD in the summer of 2022. She comes to us with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and over 20 years of experience in accounting. Bobbie holds the title of CFO as well as Corporate Secretary, handles all accounts receivables, and oversees the entire accounting department. LDD is pleased to work with Bobbie and benefit from her values of hard work, dedication, respect, honesty, self-improvement, and having a sense of purpose in her life and work. In her free time, Bobbie enjoys relaxing with her husband and their dogs, traveling to visit her son and his family in Ohio, or spending time at her sister's pool.

Q: What do you enjoy about the work you do?

A: I enjoy the challenge. I am always learning new things and when I can't figure something out, it pushes me beyond my comfort zone and I need that so I don't become complacent.

Favorite Quote: “That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger.”


aka: Resident Retiree

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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 and absolutely loved her job with the Trust Department. From there, her career turned toward accounting with a position at a Mechanical Company for 15 years before she came to 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 these things with whoever wants to be part of it. It's 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 

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aka: Resident Caretaker


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Archetype: Caregiver, Advocate,


Jeff Lovell, General Superintendent

With his military background in the United States Marine Corps, Jeff’s leadership and team-building skills prepared him to fill 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 by 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


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Archetype: Advocate, Caregiver,


Kris Alderman, Safety Director/Site Operations

As the Site Operations & Safety Director, Kris is responsible for all aspects of field support and safe work practices. Kris ensures our jobs are equipped and comply 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 to ensure the safety of every job site and staff member.

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 the understanding that time is a factor for all projects, I have to make sure that our work is being performed in a safe and timely manner. This requires a lot of pre-planning and education, not only for our employees but for our subcontractors as well. Getting everyone on the same page for the sake of safety can be challenging and equally 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 at the top of my list: "Through endurance we conquer." and "Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all." — Both quotes by Ernest Shackelton


aka: Resident Aquaphile


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Archetype: Caregiver & Explorer

Kavya Kuruppuarachchi, Engineer In Training

Kavya joined L.D. Docsa at the end of 2021. Kavya is originally from Sri Lanka and came to the U.S. as an international student at Western Michigan University, where she completed her degree in Civil Engineering. Kavya's fresh perspective and understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds are an asset to the innovation of our expanding engineering department. Kavya works closely with Jason Docsa, P.E., assisting with design and engineering tasks, reviewing shop drawings, making site visits for visual inspections, and assisting Project Managers with design-related issues as they arise on projects. We are proud to have her team-focused approach to problem-solving in the office and look forward to all that we will create together.

Q: What is the most exciting part of your job?

A: I get to challenge myself and learn something new every day because every project is unique.

Favorite Quote: “Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born." Albert Einstein

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aka: Resident Rugger


Archetype: Intellectual, Visionary, Caregiver

Tom Philp, Project Manager

Tom Philp joined L.D. Docsa in 2014 after graduating from Western Michigan University and he quickly became a valuable asset to L.D. Docsa for his willingness to travel and step in on projects whenever and wherever needed. Tom came into the office as a Project Manager in 2020, overseeing projects for our industrial clients. Being in the office while continuing to work in the field regularly has given Tom an appreciation for the many ways L.D. Docsa can apply our expertise in the water and wastewater industries.

Q: What do you enjoy most about project management?

A: I love seeing something start on paper and develop into a completed project. I enjoy every opportunity to problem solve because it pushes the whole team to innovate and re-think our approach to the final objective. If an aspect of a project does not go as expected, that is our chance to solidify our team and expand our knowledge base and its applications. Rather than getting bogged down by challenges and viewing them as roadblocks, I see them as growth opportunities that result in stronger and more capable teams.

Favorite Quote: “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." — Jimmy Dean

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aka: Resident Peacekeeper


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Archetype: Athletic, Explorer, Visionary

Dave Yeck, Project Manager

Dave Yeck joined LDD in 2012 as a field employee, bringing with him 20 years of experience owning and operating his own painting, roofing, and light remodeling business. Dave became a site superintendent in 2014, overseeing the successful completion of many important projects for L.D. Docsa. In 2020, Dave moved into the office as a Project Manager. He remains a regular presence in the field on job sites, understanding the importance of face-to-face interactions with his team, engineers, and owners throughout the duration of a project.    

Q: What are the values that drive you?

A: I believe in leading by example and I feel there is a strong correlation between hard work, willingness to listen, and problem-solving. I am driven by and make decisions based on producing an end result that is user-friendly, safe, and best lends itself to future improvement.

Favorite Quote: “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." — Napoleon Hill


aka: The Party Planner


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Archetype: Caregiver, Creative, Visionary

Farrah Decker, Contract Coordinator

After earning her Associate's 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 a key player in the day to day actions needed to support 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 treatment. Look for those two if you are out and about at a trade show. They love to share about the work we do in this industry.

Q: What do you like about working at LDD?

A:  I get to be a part of a company that I believe in. We get to facilitate Water and Wastewater work, which is important to everyday existence and we are helping to make a difference in communities. I've had the opportunity to create lasting friendships/relationships with my coworkers and industry partners.  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


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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 working with us for nearly 10 years, she made the decision to stay at home to raise her three kids. Fast forward to 2016 when we asked her to return and she said, “Absolutely!” Since then, Karen has made an impact on our marketing efforts, and with her experience on the project management side of things, she has been able to step in and fill a variety of roles when needed.

Q: What is it you do at LDD?

A:  I’ve been described as the “utility player.” While my main focus is marketing and business development, I often get opportunities to jump lanes and work alongside other employees on short-term projects. I love filling the support role and being able to assist in all facets of the company.

Favorite Quote: “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 lose!” It’s all about having a positive perspective, which is a choice we each make every day.


aka: Resident Poet


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Archetype: Creative, Caregiver, & Intellecutal

Emily Daniel, Culture and Communications Lead

Emily joined L.D. Docsa in 2018 to assist with administrative duties. Since then,  she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University and has added communications responsibilities to her work with our team. Emily's attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills have made her an asset to L.D. Docsa and our clients.

Q: What are the values that drive you?

A: I am driven by communicating effectively, staying engaged in listening closely to others, and being thoughtful in my responses. Our words matter, and how we deliver them is crucial in every encounter with another person, especially in the workplace.

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

Site Crew

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!

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