Lightning Step Technology partners have over 100 years of collective experience in the psychiatric and substance abuse treatment field as operators, clinicians, sales leads, and accountants.

We have come together to build a team with a high level of expertise in various aspects of clinical services, technology, and treatment. This product is a culmination of our unparalleled experience, 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 with a much larger audience. Thank you for your support. We look forward to helping you and your teams accomplish great things!



Kirk Monroe

Kirk brings over a decade of direct treatment center operating experience to lead the Lightning Step team. He has successfully managed all of the financial aspects of a multi-state, multi-site, high growth treatment organization, interfacing with patients, providers and payers along the way. 

Prior to LST, Kirk served as the CFO of Newport Healthcare, the most successful adolescent and young adult treatment facilities in the country, where he was a key leader in growing the company from a local treatment center to a multi-state treatment system.

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


Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technical Officer

John Crighton

John has been running cutting-edge technology teams for over 25 years. At Lightning Step, he directs innovation, strategy, and growth for the company’s solutions and ensures platform excellence. John is passionate about creating technological efficiencies in order for facilities to spend more time with their patients.

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 the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Ryan Abney

Ryan joined Lightning Step in April 2020 as Vice President of Finance, where he was responsible for outlining and optimizing the path for growth, forming new relationships, driving measurable value and establishing core financial processes and reporting procedures. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer.

A former investment banker at Canaccord Genuity, Ryan brings over ten years of corporate finance and leadership experience to Lightning Step, with six years spent at a multi-national NASDAQ listed company. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

Chief Financial Officer
Director of Engineering

Robin Milam

Robin has nearly 20 years of experience in all aspects of software implementation and development for Behavioral Health Software. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Information and Operation Management. As Director of Engineering, she works with the development team to identify, develop, and implement new features and enhancements.  

Robin enjoys the challenge of creating a smooth workflow involving best practices and cutting edge technology. When she isn’t in Texas, where she lives, you might find her on the beach in Aruba.

Tina Boushehri

Tina has worked in sales for the technology industry for nearly a decade and has extensive experience in the health care space. She believes that working in sales means more than just closing deals and is passionate about helping facilities operate more efficiently to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by addiction and help programs achieve long term success. For Tina, selling is an opportunity to educate facilities on how Lightning Step’s innovate and cutting-edge technology can help her clients concentrate on their business of saving lives.

Tina has spent the last five years as a volunteer board member of an addiction recovery non-profit community center in Houston, TX.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Public Health from the University of Houston, graduated Magna Cum Laude with Collegiate Honors from the Honor’s College and is certified as both a Health Education Specialist and Consultive Sales Strategies.

Director of Sales
Director of Revenue Cycle Management

Gina Bruno

Gina is the Director of Revenue Cycle Management, where she leads the billing and utilization review services of Lightning Step. Gina brings vast knowledge and over 25 years of healthcare finance experience to the company. 

Before joining Lightning Step Gina managed the Revenue Cycle team for TRS Behavioral Care, Inc., later acquired by Elements Behavioral Health for 11 years. Gina helps all of our customers at LS maximize reimbursement from insurance providers across the country.



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