Executive Team

Paul Cook

Chief Executive Officer

Paul T. Cook serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Valant, bringing over 20 years’ experience in senior financial leadership and operations to the executive team. As CEO, Paul sets Valant’s company strategy, provides frameworks for accurate systems, and builds and counsels Valant’s Senior Leadership Team.

From 2005 - 2016, Paul had several roles including Chief Financial Officer and board member at TalentWise, Inc. While there, he was known as the “truth teller” because he built a reputation as a trust-based communicator and was willing to say what was necessary to drive positive change. Under Paul’s leadership, TalentWise grew from three employees to 400.

Previous to his leadership experience at TalentWise, Paul was Director of Technology Investing and Senior Portfolio Manager at Munder Capital Management. As part of his tenure at Munder, Paul managed two mutual funds, one of which boasted the highest rate of return of any mutual fund at that time.

Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.A. degree in Materials Logistics Management and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Michigan State University.


David Lischner, MD

President and Chief Medical Officer

As the CMO and co-founder of Valant, Dr. David Lischner brings over 10 years of company building, product innovation, and executive management experience to his role at Valant. As co-founder, Medical Director and CEO of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, a specialty behavioral healthcare center with a national reputation for high quality care, he was able to pursue his passion for making evidence-based practices available to a community. It was while practicing in this group setting that he realized the need for an integrated, intuitive solution that would improve the value of behavioral healthcare and allow organizations to be more effective and profitable. It also gave him the means to pursue his dream, through enabling technology, to help make high quality behavioral healthcare available to everyone.

David received his M.D. from the University of Washington, and completed his medical internship at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to the University of Washington for his specialty training in psychiatry including residency at Harborview Medical Center.


Ryan Donahue

Chief Technology Officer

Ryan Donahue has been building dynamic teams and architecting successful software solutions for over 15 years, 13 of which have been specific to software for clinical trials, EHRs and healthcare analytics. Before becoming Vice President of the Engineering department at Valant, Ryan was Chief Architect and Vice President of Software Development at StudyManager, and then at Merge Healthcare, engineering for multiple market leading clinical trial management and electronic data capture systems.

Ryan manages the ever-expanding Valant development and product team and their multiple projects using the agile/lean development methodology which challenges the traditional, sequential approach to product development, instead encouraging daily face-to-face interaction between team members, and allowing them to self-organize.

Ryan is well-versed in the various complex core application features required by behavioral healthcare professionals in private, solo, or large group practice, as well as the specific needs of those in the health and human services industry.


Alec Fishburne

Chief Product Officer

Alec Fishburne has spent his 20+ year career building software businesses in the healthcare space. His strong focus, and deepest experience is in SaaS customer relationship development, product management, and designing efficient operational systems with a CRM foundation. Alec brings a customer-centric philosophy to Valant, and the goal of matching Valant's EHR product innovation with a world class Customer Experience.

Before joining Valant, Alec was employee #1 at clinical trial software company StudyManager. He helped lead StudyManager from inception through maturation and eventual acquisition by Merge Healthcare. While at StudyManager, Alec developed a Customer Experience model focused on aligning pre/post sale expectations, rapid deployment to SaaS, strong customer advocacy, and a data foundation to support predictive relationship management. With Merge Healthcare, Alec scaled the model to serve a larger business, broader customer base, and some of the largest healthcare organizations in the world.

Alec is driven by successful customer relationships, and the constant opportunity to apply technology to create simple solutions to complex healthcare business problems.


Brook West

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

A true veteran of sales and business development, Brook has spent 18 years in leadership and strategic roles, transforming markets within a variety of industries including software, media, hospitality, and corporate communications.

Prior to joining our sales team here at Valant, Brook ran all sales, customer renewals and success, training, and business development for FuzeBox. As Vice President of Sales, Brook drove rapid growth and value through direct sales and ultimately drove the company value to 20X.

Having worked at, and done deals with, such established corporations including CBS, Virgin, Target, and AT&T, Brook is keen to take on the challenge of driving value through the adoption of EHR technology for the behavioral healthcare industry in a rapidly growing start-up.

Brook has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Russian and Linguistics.


Christina Owens

General Counsel

Christina Owens is a senior legal executive with a proven track record in providing commercial, strategic and creative outcomes for start-ups and multinational corporations. After starting her career over 20 years ago in a law firm and subsequently moving into corporate law, Christina was most recently named General Counsel of TalentWise, Inc. in 2014. During her tenure with Seattle-based TalentWise, the company grew from an early stage market leader to a highly successful HR technology firm which was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2016. While at TalentWise, Christina led a broad range of pivotal transactions for the company, including technology licensing and development, strategic alliances, commercial transactions, intellectual property protection and disputes, and M&A. She built the TalentWise legal group from the ground up into a team that was well respected for its contributions to the company’s overall success.

Christina joined Valant in April 2017 and is currently responsible for all legal and compliance matters including data privacy, regulatory compliance, commercial contracts and employment matters.

Christina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego.


Kelli Paull

Vice President of Customer Experience

Customers have always been the focal point of Kelli’s career. Since starting on the front lines at the clinical trial software company, StudyManager, she has not lost sight of the key tenants of customer relations - transparency, accessibility, and follow through.

Kelli has held leadership positions at both private and publicly traded software companies, focusing on what she is most passionate about; the building of customer-facing teams that can evolve and execute throughout all stages of a customer lifecycle. At Valant, Kelli manages the Customer Experience team; the employees who own every communication and project after contract signature.

Kelli has experience working with healthcare organizations of all sizes, ranging from small private practices to some of the largest and most well-known universities, hospitals, and healthcare networks in the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Montana State University, and a Master’s degree from Seattle University.