May 6, 2024

The annual RISE Conference, set to kick off on May 22, is gearing up to unite the foremost experts in treatment, law, and recovery in beautiful Anaheim, California.

Proudly upholding our Silver Sponsorship for this event, the PharmChem team is excited about the opportunity to engage with leading public health and safety professionals to broaden access to treatment in the justice system for individuals grappling with substance use and mental health challenges.

Visit the PharmChek® Booth

Between conference sessions, drop by Booth 3-9 to meet our PharmChek® team. Expect to see Chief Revenue Officer and seasoned PharmChek® representative Kerri Wagner, along with our team members Doug Crook, Jennifer Rankin, Kimberly Henderson, and Murray Brooks. We can’t wait to discover how we can help you build a successful Sweat patch program. We also look forward to answering questions and sharing recent developments at PharmChem.

RISE24 Panel Discussion

Mark your calendars for the PharmChek® RISE24 Panel Discussion that will take place on Thursday, May 23, from 9:30 to 10:45 in Room 201C. Our team is ready to continue the tradition of leading a lively and informative discussion alongside our expert panel.

Meet the Panelists:

Dustin Masters

Vice President, Electronic Sentencing Alternative

Dustin's journey began at Missouri State College in 2008, where he earned dual degrees in Socio-Political Communications and Business Administration, all while excelling on the football field. Fresh out of college, he joined Electronic Sentencing Alternatives, Inc. (ESA) in Kansas City as a Customer Service Representative.

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Over the past 15 years, Dustin's leadership has been pivotal in ESA's growth story. From a modest start with 37 clients, ESA now boasts a robust portfolio of 3,000 clients across the Midwest. Currently serving as Vice President, Dustin spearheads business expansion and development initiatives throughout the region.

Beyond his executive role, Dustin remains deeply involved in various aspects of ESA's operations. From data analysis to coordinating court testimony and spearheading the development of innovative treatment court programs, he's at the forefront of driving progress. Additionally, Dustin provides crucial support and training for Drug Patch Testing, alcohol monitoring, GPS, and house arrest services.

ESA's impact is significant, as it tests approximately 4,500 drug patch samples annually. Dustin's expertise extends to the courtroom, where he's testified in hundreds of drug patch cases, showcasing his dedication to advancing justice and public safety.

Ardie Anton Bland

Veterans Law Judge, Board of Veterans’ Appeals

Ardie Anton Bland has served as a Veterans Law Judge with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals since September 2022. Judge Bland is a 1995 alum of Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, and has a B.S. in Economics from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, from 1992.

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As a Veterans Law Judge (VLJ), he was appointed by the Secretary of the VA and approved by the President of the United States to conduct hearings with Veterans and their representatives and to timely decide Veterans’ appeals on behalf of the Secretary in VA benefits cases. VLJ

Bland has served as an Attorney Decision Writer for the Social Security Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals. Judge Bland also owned his own law firm and practiced in the areas of civil, criminal, and family law.

Immediately preceding his VLJ appointment, VLJ Bland was appointed and retained as a municipal court judge for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, for fourteen years, from 2008 to 2022. He is credited with founding the Veterans’ Treatment Court in Kansas City in 2009, which was the first of its kind in the State of Missouri. Judge Bland also presided over the Mental Health Court, which emphasized trauma-informed practice and rehabilitation and treatment versus incarceration for veterans and other individuals with physical, mental, and substance abuse issues.

VLJ Bland is a member of the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judge’s Association, American Judges Association, the National Bar Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. VLJ Bland is an extremely proud father of two sons, Anton (28) and Marshall (26).

Doug Crook

Operations & Toxicology Manager, PharmChem, Inc.

Following the completion of his BS degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Arlington, Doug Crook embarked on an 18-year career in toxicology, commencing with a company that would later evolve into Quest Diagnostics.

In 1997, Doug made the transition to PharmChem, assuming roles as a technical analyst and account manager. Today, he holds a critical position as operations & toxicology manager, where he offers invaluable support and technical assistance to PharmChek® Sweat Patch customers.

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With extensive experience spanning decades, Doug is proficient in utilizing a wide range of instrumentation, including HPLC, GC, GC/MS, LC-MS/MS, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and immunoassay instrumentation for drugs of abuse testing. His expertise encompasses both clinical toxicology and forensic drugs of abuse testing, having served as a certifying scientist and providing testimony in several probation hearings.

Doug lives in Texas with his wife. He finds joy in spending quality time with his children and grandchildren outside of his professional pursuits.