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Management Team

Rick Pliszka

CEO

Rick Pilszka joined Pride Institute in 2007 as financial controller and soon after became chief executive officer. His industry background has been a great resource to Pride in the development of its programs, often addressing community needs head-on.

Investing in people is where Pliszka’s heart is. His commitment to finding skilled and compassionate team members is reflected in the lives that have been changed at Pride — both staff and patients — allowing them to lead happy, healthy lives as proud LGBTQ+ people. Passionate about helping people develop the knowledge and tools they need for long-term recovery, he’s proud to offer hope in overcoming addiction and helping others live the life they want.

Jennifer HackneyBSN, RN, PHN, BSW

Director of Nursing

Jennifer Hackney joined the team at Pride Institute in 2013. After receiving her BSW and BSN from University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota, respectively, she became an RN and PHN in the state of Minnesota.

Born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Hackney has held a variety of positions in the mental health care field, including director of nursing and crisis and triage care manager. She has also worked in pediatric home care and had a career in social work primarily serving individuals with developmental and mental health issues.

She is passionate about the holistic focus of treating the mind, body and spirit and treating mental health and chemical dependencies. She loves that her job provides hope and opportunity for others to reset their lives and that she gets to be a part of a people’s transition into early sobriety.

Hackney resides in the Minneapolis metro area with her spouse, daughter and pets. When she’s not at work she enjoys a good vintage treasure hunt, traveling and keeping up with the Boston Red Sox and Green Bay Packers.

Angi Grassley

Community Relations Director

Starting at Pride in 2010, Angi Grassley is currently a community relations director. She was born in Urbandale, Iowa and received her bachelor of science degree in human services from Metropolitan State University.

Grassley discovered Pride Institute through a friend and instantly connected with the community. As a part of the recovery community since 2007, and also the LGBTQ+ community, it was a natural fit.

She is passionate about being a part the patients’ recovery journey and seeing them transition into the best version of themselves. She continually feels rejuvenated by her work and loves talking with professionals who have sent their clients to Pride. Seeing former patients in the community going to school or working in the mental health field is also very gratifying.

In her free time you can catch Grassley running, watching the Minnesota Lynx win championships, woodworking and spending time with her two kids and her pets.

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