Team Members

We believe in providing the highest level of personal attention to our clients. Every Lovins Group client works directly with our core team. We also work with a network of colleagues who provide additional expertise and guidance in the creation of governance and legal structures. Together we offer an integrated approach to meet our clients’ needs.

Donald P. Opatrny, LMFT

Principal

Don founded the Lovins Group with Alan Lovins in 2008 and continues today as Owner and President. 

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Keith Michaelson, LMFT

Principal

As a family business advisor with The Lovins Group, Keith Michaelson helps families navigate the challenges of major transitions in business ownership and leadership.

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Ruth E. Steverlynck, LL.B(hons), FEA, FFI Fellow

Consultant

Ruth’s career began as a litigator where she quickly learned that win/lose approaches are less than optimal when relationships are at the heart of what matters.

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Stephanie Brigandi, MBA

Master Juggler of All Important Tasks

Stephanie joined The Lovins Group team in August 2018. As Executive Assistant, Stephanie uses her operational, administrative and organizational skills to support the needs of the Lovins Group Advisors.

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Katie Beavan, Ph.D.

Principal

Katie holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of the West of England, a Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD business school, and an MA in History from Cambridge University.

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William Cranshaw

Collaborating Consultant

Bill has spent his career working as an advisor to family-owned enterprises. He began this work at the First National Bank of Chicago (now JP Morgan Chase) where he managed the Closely Held Business Group.

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Amelia Renkert-Thomas

Collaborating Consultant

Amelia Renkert-Thomas is the founder and lead consultant for Renkert Thomas Consulting LLC, a consultancy focused on family enterprises – businesses, family offices, trusts, private trust companies, and foundations.

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Alan H. Lovins, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Consultant Emeritus

Alan’s involvement with family businesses stretches back to childhood. His father was an entrepreneur and the family table talk often centered on the ups and downs of the business.

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