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 Technical Officer (CTO)

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

Mr. Abney joined Lightning Step in April 2020 as Vice President, Finance, where he is responsible for outlining and optimizing the path for growth, forming new relationships, driving measurable value and establishing core financial processes and reporting procedures. 

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

VP of Finance
VP of Revenue Cycle Management

Daniel Christian

Daniel has spent the last decade of his career working in revenue cycle management and revenue operations, with the vast majority specifically in the behavioral health space. 
Prior to joining the Lightning Step team, Daniel served as the VP of Revenue Operations for a national organization that operated over 12 facilities. With a decade of experience in behavioral health Daniel also served in various roles throughout the revenue cycle management.

Daniel holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama and brings operations experience to the revenue cycle team. Not only does he have extensive knowledge of insurance billing and collections he also has an incredible passion for treatment centers and their patients.

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.

Director of Engineering
Senior Developer

Dennis Salewi

Dennis graduated from Wartburg College with a Bachelor of Computer Science and Mathematics and since been working as a Software Developer for the past decade working at different companies such as Darkwood Brew, Hostgator, and US LawShield.
Dennis now works as a Senior Developer with Lightning Step Technologies and enjoys tackling troublesome software issues for our clients while taking pride in delivering technology that is user friendly and easy to use.

David James

David founded The Raven Academy in 2015 so that he could provide computers and computer training to children in under-served communities. He wanted to inspire the next generation of computer enthusiasts by removing the barriers to entry. As an IT Manager at Sobriety Matters, more recently known as Positive Recovery Centers, he was responsible for maintaining network security, user/group management, antivirus/anti-malware and maintaining HIPAA compliance from a technology standpoint.

As the Senior Financial Developer at Lightning Step he works primarily with financial systems and has built implementations for Zirmed, Emdeon, Quest, Dominion, PaySimple and many other companies related to healthcare and medical billing. He most importantly has designed and built our financial system that manages and integrates the entire RCM process.

Senior Financial Developer
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.

Austin Berry

Austin directs all marketing efforts for Lightning Step Technologies. He is our Lightning Step Ambassador building relationships with providers throughout the country.

Austin has spent the past decade in various admissions and business development positions for prominent treatment organizations. 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 clinicians and administrators, but also provide true value to  admissions and business development teams.

Austin grew up in Houston, Texas, and studied business administration at The University of Alabama.



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