Lyle Donan is a Professional Engineer and the third generation leader of Donan, a family-owned business formerly known as Donan Engineering. Lyle joined the company in April 2000 and currently serves as the company’s president and CEO. He is a licensed civil engineer in 14 states and a licensed private investigator.
Lyle focuses his professional efforts on understanding and advancing the technical investigation processes of property claims, specifically within the property insurance industry. Under Lyle’s leadership, Donan provides forensic engineering, fire investigation, lightning investigation, and component testing services. Ranked by project volume, the company is the largest forensic investigation company in the United States.
Lyle began his formal education studying civil engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated with a degree in mining engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Lyle has been married for thirteen years, has three children, and resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Connect with Lyle on LinkedIn.
With over 14 years of leadership and management experience, Kevin Abell is responsible for leading the shared service Sales and Client Services departments at Donan. Since joining Donan in August 2006, Kevin has seen his responsibilities shift from an original focus on marketing to his current leadership of Sales and Client Services. His original position within the organization was to manage and build the fledgling marketing department ahead of planned geographic expansion. Within a year, Kevin’s role expanded to include the management of the firm’s sales team. In 2012, Donan made the strategic decision to add a separate Marketing Director position enabling Kevin’s focus to shift to Donan’s Client Services department as well as his continued leadership of Sales.
Prior to joining Donan, Kevin spent time in banking/financial services and private secondary education sectors with various roles in marketing, sales, and customer service management. Kevin is graduate of Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Public Relations. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Duane Battcher serves as Donan’s Director of Acquisitions and Strategic Development, including the oversight of of the Component Testing Lab and UAV Services. As an operational leader he ensures the consistency and excellence of existing operations as well as evaluating and developing new business initiatives and strategic partnerships. Duane also oversees corporate risk management including playing an integral role in the intake, review, revision and approval of contracts and agreements.
Prior to Donan, he spent 28 years at a top ten carrier where he worked in several different capacities, supporting organizational objectives in Marketing, Sales, Operations and Accounting roles. Duane spent the majority of his career in Claims where he led numerous regional and national claim operations, as well as design and development of property claim processes.
Duane graduated from Winona State University and has an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He lives in Prospect, KY with his wife Kathy and their two children. Connect with Duane on LinkedIn.
Dan Hennessy is the Human Resources Director for Donan and has served in that role since joining the company in March of 2011. He oversees all Human Resources functions for the company including recruitment and staffing, benefits administration, performance management, safety and health, employee relations, strategic HR leadership, and training and development.
Dan’s experience and education have been highly focused on the human resources field. Prior to Donan, he spent ten years in human resources management for a global chemical manufacturing company. Dan has a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources Management from Bellarmine University in Louisville. He has also earned his Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Dan is a Louisville native, married, with one son. Connect with Dan on LinkedIn.
Raluca Loher joined Donan as Marketing Director in the summer of 2015. Along with her team, she leads marketing efforts that sustain and develop the Donan brand and image in the insurance claims industry and beyond. Raluca started out as a print news reporter and moved into handling Public Relations for an international nonprofit organization in 2005. Prior to joining Donan, she spent eight years crafting communication strategies and building the brands of four global industrial manufacturing companies headquartered in Louisville, Ky.
Raluca was born and raised in Romania. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., and a Master’s of Science in Business Communication from Spalding University, Louisville, Ky. Connect with Raluca on LinkedIn.
Gary Mudd has more than 18 years of experience providing financial leadership and management in both the manufacturing and professional services industries. He joined Donan as Chief Financial Officer in August of 2013 and oversees both Accounting and Finance operations, as well as the Information Technology department. Gary’s primary role is to ensure the financial stability of Donan through financial analysis, accounting guidance, business planning, cash management, tax planning and continuous process improvements.
Gary began his career in auditing with a national accounting firm performing financial audits for companies across many industries. After public accounting, he went on to work for two large international manufacturing companies in various financial management roles.
Gary graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Connect with Gary on LinkedIn.
Stephen Gotlieb joined Donan as the Information Technology Director in November 2016. He brings 18 years of experience leading teams of contract programming, IT, call center support, implementation, and professional services. Stephen worked in the Healthcare Information Systems and Systems Integration industries, including 10 years with GE Healthcare. He is a 9-year veteran of the US Army and Army National Guard where he served as an Armor Officer.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in management information systems, from the University of Vermont. He has been married to his wife Erika for 20 years. They currently reside in Prospect, KY and have a daughter. Connect with Stephen on LinkedIn.