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Valant Overview

Seattle, WA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
We are a SaaS organization serving the needs of the behavioral healthcare industry. Through disruptive technology solutions, we are reinventing the possibilities of how electronic healthcare record (EHR) systems serve the mental health community and its ... Read more

Mission: The Valant mission is to use great technology to exponentially scale the quality of health care and to make high quality health care available for everyone.

Valant – Why Work For Us?

  • Our work matters - Our software touches the lives of countless clinicians and patients alike, contributing to improved quality of care, improved population health, and manageable healthcare costs.
  • Be part of the next industry transformation - The behavioral healthcare industry is ready for change. Valant will drive it into the future, taking full advantage of platform and cloud technology.
  • We value your perspective - We firmly believe a great idea can come from anyone. You won’t find a buttoned-up hierarchy here—we encourage open communication and incorporate new ideas that improve our products and services.
  • We have fun - We do important work, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun along the way. We enjoy beer and wine club, company outings, holiday parties, and internal contests, to name a few.
  • We wear jeans - Our culture can be described as casual. Our atmosphere is relaxed. We believe in corporate denim!

The Valant mission is to use great technology to exponentially scale the quality of health care and to make high quality health care available for everyone. With that in mind, Valant is leveraging some of the most progressive engineering technologies in the healthcare industry. Some of those technologies include:

  • AWS
  • Angular.js
  • C#
  • Elastic Search
  • Cassandra
  • NoSQL
  • Node.js
  • RESTful APIs
  • JSON
  • LESS
  • HTML5/CSS3
  • GIT
  • GULP
  • CHEF
  • Kinesis
  • And many, many more!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

“I enjoy the open culture that embraces collaboration to accomplish goals.”

- George, Engineering

“The relaxed atmosphere provides a very flexible working schedule which is pretty awesome!”

- Sami, Accounting

“Valant recognizes the talents of its people, and rewards based on merits.”

- David, Marketing

“The people are lovely and my boss is awesome!”

- Kersten, Implementation Services

“I look forward to coming to work everyday.”

- Dorene, Implementation Services

“We're making a difference!”

- Bob, Customer Success

Valant’s convenient downtown Seattle office location is one of many reasons why Valant employees enjoy coming to work each day. Here are some quick stats on the speciifc office location:

98 - Walking Score

100 - Public Transportation Score

84 - Bicycling Score

12 - Coffee Shops within 3 blocks

6 - Tom Douglas Restaurants within 6 blocks

24 - Bus stops within 4 blocks

6 - Levels in the attached parking garage

5 - Blocks from Pike Place Market

Valant Reviews

  • "Great Culture, Excellent People"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valant full-time (More than 5 years)


    Everyone at Valant is extremely hardworking and exceptionally friendly and welcoming. This group of co-workers feels more like a family. We all strive to achieve our goals to further the reach of the company and help Valant realize it’s mission of providing exceptional SAAS EHR to our customers. Generous PTO, fully paid Medical and Dental. Paid ORCA pass.


    Not an outlined telecommute schedule - no 401k match to-date

    Advice to Management

    Continue the transparency with company movement and market position going forward.

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Valant Photos

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Valant Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Accounting Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Valant (Seattle, WA) in January 2011.


    the interview process was good. The company is in the field of understanding behavioral health so in the interview, you feel you are being sized up for mental health issues.

    Interview Questions

    • they asked me what my biggest challenge was at age 12, then at age 20 and then at age 30.   Answer Question


    very straightforward. no hassle. very pleasant

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Valant Awards & Accolades

  • Technology Fast 500™, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, 2017

Pledges & Certifications

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

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