Our Team

Chad Husted, LPC

Southeastern Vice President of Operations

Chad obtained his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He has spent the last 15 years in a variety of behavioral health positions, beginning his career in Florida where he served as a psych tech, case manager, and supervisor in community mental health. Living in Atlanta for the last 10 years, Chad managed an acute behavioral health emergency room and spent several years providing school-based mental health therapy before moving into the business arena, where he oversaw managed care contracting, professional education, and business development. Since November 2015, Chad initially served as Pyramid Healthcare’s Director of North Carolina Operations and now brings his expertise in program development, relationship building, and mental health and addiction treatment as the Southeastern Vice President of Operations.

Tom Connell

Executive Director

Tom has over 30 years of experience working in the behavioral health field in the Atlanta market. He has worked in a variety of settings as well as from different ends of the care-spectrum, from prevention through population management programs to providing treatment in residential and acute care hospitals. Throughout his career, Tom has worked with adolescents, adults, families, and specialized populations by serving in clinical, business development, administrative, and executive capacities. In 2017, Tom envisioned a company that would fill gaps of unmet need in the Atlanta community and started to conceptualize the foundation of what today has emerged as Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare. “I am honored to work with such a dedicated team of professionals and a parent organization, Pyramid Healthcare, who are both committed to bringing value to the community and in helping clients and families achieve their recovery.”

Julie Pefanis, PMHNP

Nurse Practitioner

Julie began her career in healthcare over twenty years ago as a Registered Nurse but quickly realized her passion for psychiatry and specialized in psychiatric nursing. She later advanced her education and became a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has worked in the psychiatric field for over fifteen years. Julie has experience with children, adolescents, and the adult population, managing various types of mental health issues. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals, outpatient programs, and private practice settings. “I am proud to be a member of the Family Behavioral Healthcare team providing outstanding and individualized treatment for individuals and their families in our community.”