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Pride Institute Team

Start Your Recovery Journey

The decision to seek treatment is a big step,
but you don’t have to do it alone.

The LGBTQ+ community often faces unique and nuanced challenges regarding addiction and mental health treatment. When looking for professional help, it is vital that you find a facility and staff that understands this. The Pride Institute staff of treatment specialists is ready to guide you on your recovery journey—all you have to do is reach out. Call 888.408.1625 or fill out our confidential online form today for more information about Pride Institute.

Meet the Pride Institute Staff

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Todd Connaughty(he/him)


Todd Connaughty has worked for Pride Institute for more than 15 years in a number of roles and has most recently been named CEO and currently sits on the board of directors. Previously he had been Director of Clinical Services since 2012. Connaughty is passionate about his work with the LGBTQ+ community and has been part of the conference circuit in recent years, presenting at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorder, the Finding Freedom Symposium, the West Coast Symposium, the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH), and the Minnesota Social Services Association (MSSA), to name a few.
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 is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a board-approved supervisor for licensed alcohol and drug counselors.

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Meghan Bang

LADC-S – Clinical Director

Meghan Bang has been with Pride since 2016 when she started as a ADC-Intern and has held several clinical roles over the years, most recently as the Residential Program Manager. In May of 2023 she stepped into the role of Direct of Clinical Services.

Bang graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelors of Science in Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency and she is a BBHT board-approved supervisor for licensed alcohol and drug counselors.

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Kaylee Hoaby (she/they)

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Kaylee Hoaby started at Pride in 2019 as part of the Marketing and Business Development team where she used her person-centered approach to help over 2,700 individuals find treatment. She is excited to continue her journey with Pride after accepting the Director role in 2023.
Hoaby received their bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota with degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a focus in chemical dependency.

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Vivian Nordlund

LADC – Admissions Director

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.

Find Professional LGBTQ+ Addiction and Mental Health Treatment at Pride Institute

The Pride Institute staff of treatment professionals can help you break the cycle of addiction and address your mental health. Reach out today at 888.408.1625 or via our online form.

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