Executive Team

David Lischner, MD

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO 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

Vice President of Product & Engineering

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

Vice President of Customer Experience

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 applying technology to create simple solutions to complex healthcare business problems.

Mary Fischer


Mary is a senior financial leader with over 20 years of progressive experience leading various accounting, operations and financial functions for closely-held and private equity sponsored companies. With a reputation for demonstrating focus, sound judgment and excellent decision making skills, Mary brings a proven ability to view financial issues from an operational perspective and enable profitable decisions across the business. Previous to Valant, Mary has served organizations such as Sahale Snacks, Altrec and 7th Level.

Mary graduated from Texas Christian University with a BBA in Accounting.

Brook West

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

A true veteran of sales and business development, West has spent 18 years in leadership and strategic roles, transforming departments 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.

Heather Grube

Vice President of Practice Services

With over 20 years of practice management and medical billing experience in healthcare under her belt, Heather flourishes in her role as Vice President of Practice Services at Valant. Prior to joining us, Heather was the practice administrator of a family practice group in Seattle for 10 years. Before that, Heather worked for Lincoln National Insurance (acquired by Great West Insurance) in healthcare claims management. Heather brings a unique understanding of the fundamental business operations of pay-for-service medical practices.

With extensive experience from both the service provider and the insurance payer’s side, Heather is able to advise and shape Valant’s solutions to reflect the realities of claims submission and processing, and revenue recognition for practices ranging from solo provider to large group practice.

Heather graduated from Franklin and Marshall with a B.A. in English.



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