The Lightning Step Team

Lightning Step Technology partners have over 40 years of experience in the drug and alcohol treatment industry. We have come together as a team with a high level of expertise in various aspects of the addiction, technology, and treatment fields. This product is a culmination of our own ideas, best practices standards, wish lists, and outside professionals’ feedback. Our commitment to behavioral health treatment is ongoing, and Lightning Step is the means for us to share our knowledge to a much larger audience. Thank you for your support. We look forward to helping you and your staff accomplish great things.



Kirk Monroe

Kirk joined Lightning Step in November 2017 from Newport Academy, one of the most successful adolescent and young adult facilities in the country. He spent 4 years as the Chief Financial Officer, helping the company grow from a local treatment center to a multi-state treatment center.

Kirk is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and holds a BBA and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.  Kirk brings great knowledge of automated accrued revenue accounting, insurance billing and collections, and business strategy to many of Lightning Step’s customers.

He is also an avid golfer who loves networking on the golf course with other people in the treatment business. He is happily married to his wife, Daniela, with their two boys, Samuel and Benjamin.


Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

John Crighton

John directs innovation strategy and growth for the company’s solutions and ensures technology excellence. He is responsible for defining Lightning Step’s long-term technology strategy and vision, and advocating for that vision with partners and customers.

John managed a custom development team at Openlink Financial, and was responsible for Product Quality at SolArc Software.  John has also worked for JMI Software, NEON Systems, and NetIQ following the acquisition of Mission Critical Software.

John graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.


Vice-President of Product Development

Jim Mays

Jim received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1988 and started his first professional job as an Addiction Counselor in Lake County Illinois. He became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in Illinois as well as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). He went on to serve as Vice-President of Administrative Services for Rosecrance Health Network in 1998.

Subsequently, Jim worked for 7 years as a Project Manager and ultimately Senior Solution Architect for Sequest Technologies, eventually to become Netsmart Technologies. Jim went on to become Director of Information Technology at Kiva Recovery Center, a treatment center in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. Jim has worked in nearly every facet of addiction treatment and brings this experience to bear in developing software solutions that work the way addiction treatment works.

Jim lives in Northern Illinois with his wife of 30 years and their two dogs, a Border Collie and German Shepherd. His two children are grown and live in Northern Illinois as well.


Sales and Marketing Manager

Austin Berry

Austin directs all sales and marketing efforts for Lightning Step Technologies. He will be our Lightning Step ambassador building relationships with providers throughout the country.

Austin has spent the last eight years in the addiction recovery industry in various admissions and business development positions for prominent recovery centers. As a former Director of Admissions, National Business Development Representative, and Director of Business Development Austin understands how a true all-in-one EMR software can not only help your clinicians and administrators, but also provide true value to your admissions and business development teams.

Austin grew up in Houston, TX and studied Business Administration at The University of Alabama. He currently is based in Tallahassee, FL with both his beautiful wife and daughter. On the weekends you can find Austin spending time with his family or on the golf course trying to break 70 for the first time.