The Leadership Team
at Pride Institute
Terri Hayden (she/her), MA
Chief Executive Officer
Before joining Pride Institute, Hayden served as the Executive Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota for over ten years. She also was Director of Chemical Health Services at Chrysalis, a Minneapolis nonprofit organization providing a wide array of services and care to women and their families. Hayden served as an adjunct professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Augsburg College and a master’s degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s University.
Hayden currently serves on the board of directors for National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers – NAATP.
Todd Connaughty (he/him), MA, LPCC, LADC
Director of Clinical Services
Todd Connaughty received his Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University in Addiction Counseling and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University. Connaughty has worked for Pride Institute for more than 12 years and is passionate about his work with the LGBTQ+ community. Connaughty is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a board-approved supervisor for licensed alcohol and drug counselors.
Connaughty has been part of the conference circuit in recent years, presenting at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorder, the Finding Freedom Symposium, Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) and many other conferences.
Ann Leible (she/her)
Director of Utilization Review
Ann Leible has been with Pride Institute since 2001. During this time, she held positions in Pride Institute’s intake department and still provides critical support for the team with her professional counseling and assessment experience. She has spent most of her time at Pride as a member of the leadership team. She is grateful to be part of the process of hope and recovery for community members that struggle with the pain of addiction.
Lucas Miller (he/him)
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Lucas Miller joined Pride in January 2019. He was previously a Communication/Marketing Specialist for Allina Health, where he worked alongside clinicians to develop patient-facing education materials. While there, he also lead the organization’s Shared Decision Making initiative. Miller also spent three years as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota, double majoring in Communications and English.
Meaghan Morton (she/her)
Director of Nursing
Morton served as Director of Nursing at the Pride institute from 1997 to 2000 and rejoined the team in May 2019. Morton has held various positions in healthcare, including Hospice Care Clinical Service Director, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Clinical Researcher of HIV/AIDS/Cardiology/Oncology and Director of Nursing, Senior Living. She mostly served as Clinical Nurse Manager of the HIV/AIDS unit at the City of Lakes Transitional Care Center.
Morton obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree from North Hennepin Community College, then graduated from the Nursing Program at the College of St. Catherine.
Vivian Nordlund (she/her), LADC
Before joining the Pride Institute team as the Admissions Supervisor in August 2018, Nordlund worked as a lead counselor at an outpatient treatment program. She has extensive history working in the healthcare field, having held positions in adult foster care as a caregiver and in residential treatment as a chemical dependency technician. She’s gained experience through internships, technician roles and clinical roles in both outpatient and residential facilities.
Nordlund received her Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in May 2017. She holds her licensure as a alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT).
Jerri Sandstrom (she/her)
Director of Human Resources
Sandstrom joined Pride in May 2015. Before her arrival, she served in several HR roles in various industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, commercial real estate, property management and construction. Sandstrom graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a Human Resources Management concentration.
Dr. Patrick Zhao (he/him), MD
Psychiatrist and Medical Director
Dr. Patrick Zhao has served as Pride Institute’s Medical Director since 2014. As the champion behind LGBTQ-affirming, comprehensive psychiatric consultation (ACPC) at Pride, Dr. Zhao has completed more than 1,000 sessions. Zhao emphasizes LGBTQ development history and its interweaving relationship with mental health and substance use disorder, drawing on knowledge and wisdom from psychiatry, psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Dr. Zhao has been a part of SAMHSA’s LGBTQ curriculum project, and he has recommended the broader adoption of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) screening tools and ACPC in clinical settings.
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