Lightning Step Technology partners have over 20 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.


George Joseph, CEO

George struggled with drug and alcohol addiction as a teenager. He successfully completed treatment and has been in recovery since October 12, 1981. George has dedicated his life to staying sober and helping others with the same problem. George became a licensed addiction counselor in 1983. After gaining experience as a counselor while working for treatment programs in Louisiana and Texas, he founded Right Step in Houston in 1994. Right Step started in just one location and is now the largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment programs in the Southwest. When George retired in 2014, Right Step was serving an average of four thousand individuals a year.

His years of hard work were recognized in 1999 and 2000 when George won the “triple crown” of counseling. In 1999, he captured honors as the Houston and State of Texas Counselor of the Year presented by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. In 2000, he won the highest honor given to a counselor in our nation, the 2000 Lora Roe Memorial Counselor of the Year, awarded by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. In 2009, George was named Behavioral Health Champion. George was instrumental in founding the Houston Sober Recreation Committee and served as chairman for over 10 years. He is also a board member of the Lone Star College Human Services Advisory Committee, Archway Academy, Houston Achievement Place, Your Health First and Raven Academy. He’s been on CNN, blogged for Dr. Oz and has appeared on the Dr. Oz show.

Besides being landlord for all Right Step locations, he’s currently an active investor in Common Bond Bakery and Café, Mockingbird Bistro, Lighting Step Technologies and Spring Branch Recovery Campus.

He is happily married to his beautiful wife Patricia and has a blended family of 6 kids. He maintains a respectable golf handicap and still pushes himself to make a 3 point basket or two in his over 35 basketball league.

Kirk Monroe, President

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 met George Joseph in 2001 when Kirk was 18 years old and struggling with his own issues with addiction and alcohol and George was a mentor to him throughout his years of sobriety.

Kirk brings great knowledge of the out of network space in the addiction and mental health space to the Lightning Step team.

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.


Jim Mays, Vice-President of Product Development

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 went on to become 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.