About Our Survey Company & Key Personnel

Pride Surveys was created in 1982 by professors at Georgia State University in Atlanta and Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. Their purpose was to help local schools measure student alcohol, tobacco and other drug use through the use of student surveys. Since then, our survey company has developed a full range of scalable survey products that measure behavior on many crucial issues that can affect learning, such as family, discipline, safety, activities, gangs, and more.

Our survey company has assisted single schools, school districts, state and federal agencies, and other organizations, such as community coalitions. With today’s emphasis on evaluation and accountability, our survey company provides products that have been tested and re-tested in a variety of settings to ensure trustworthy data. In 1998, a federal law designated Pride Surveys as an official measurement of adolescent drug use in America. Plus, with help from our partners, our key personnel have developed Teaching and Learning Environment Surveys that have been vetted and approved by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students as a reliable measure of school climate.

As of 2019, Pride Surveys has conducted more than 78,000 school-level student surveys, and more than 15.8 million students, parents, and faculty members have chosen Pride Surveys over other survey companies. We not only offer our clients proven reliability, but also upfront, affordable pricing (with no hidden fees), as well as quick turnaround time for most regular orders, allowing you to receive results in two weeks or less.

To find out more about our survey company, please call (800) 279-6361 to speak with key personnel. You can also view the demo to our convenient electronic dashboard, where you can easily analyze the data you’ve collected and share it with your team!

Our Survey Company Key Personnel


Want to know more about our survey company and its key personnel? Read our short bios below, or contact us now!


Thomas J. Gleaton, Founder
A career educator, author and researcher, Thomas Gleaton co-founded the National Parents’ Resource Institute for Drug Education. He is a former member of the White House Conference for a Drug Free America and the advisory council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Jay Gleaton, President, CEO
Jay has been involved in Pride Surveys for almost his entire life, in one way or another. He has experience with project management, marketing, sales, and education as a former music teacher. He holds a degree in International Business and Spanish from Georgia State University and has experience with graphic design and communication. He is committed to using his skills and knowledge to plan for the future and growth of our survey company.

Melissa Stephens, Director of Operations
Melissa has over 16 years’ experience in general operations and project management in for profit and non-profit industries. She received her masters degree in Sociology from University of Central Florida and has experience in research, analytics, and grant writing. She manages daily operations along with ensuring customer satisfaction for all the services offered by our survey company.

Bruce Redd, Senior Software Engineer
Bruce has over 15 years of experience in IT, networking, database management and software development. He comes from a background in startup technologies and is a strong addition to our survey company.

Ryan Johnson, Technical Specialist/ Research Assistant
Ryan has a degree in business from Flagler College and has experience in a wide range of different types of companies from retail to tech startups. He is focused on making your customer service experience excellent.

Didi Brown, Project Administrator/ Research Assistant
Didi has a bachelors degree from Georgia State University in Psychology. She brings experience in statistics and behavioral analytics to the table and will be working with customers and performing in-house research.