2021 Annual Conference: Schedule

May 25-27

St. Louis, Missouri

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This is a tentative schedule and may be subject to change. 

Monday, May 24

Time Event
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting


Tuesday, May 25

Time Event
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Training: The Basics, From Collection to SAP
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Training: Beat the Cheaters
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Training: NDASA Registered Professional Collector Training
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Training: Reasonable Suspicion
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Training: Changing Cannabis Laws for TPAs and DERs
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Training: Business Start-up in the Drug and Alcohol Industry (lunch 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Training: Drug and Alcohol Program Audit – What you Don’t Know Can Cost You
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Laboratory Council Meeting
12:20 – 2:00 p.m. Training: Conflict Mitigation for Collectors
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Training: Alternative Collections
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Training: Introduction to Drug Impairment Recognition
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Training: Workplace Drug Policy-Writing Workshop
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Training: Train-the-Trainer
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Conference Opening Reception


Wednesday, May 26


7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 – 11:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Conference Opening 
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.


Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer of SHRM
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session: TBD
11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Lunch for Exhibitors
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch/Exhibitors Trade Show Opens – Group 1

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch/Exhibitors Trade Show Opens – Group 2

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Session

FAA & FRA Insights and Updates

Followed by Q&A with officials

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Session

Connecting the Dots: From Initial Contact to Client for Life

Discover the formula to create a positive customer expectations and customer experience from the beginning. Learn the five mistakes companies make that drive their customers away while learning the things you can begin doing now to convert customers to clients for life.

Presenter: Tom Fulmer, Vice President of Business Development National Drug Screening, Inc.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session

Safe Collections Practices in a Changing Culture

Learn how to apply the CDC safety guidelines to the collection process and discover additional safe practices you can implement to limit virus exposure to yourself and others.

Presenter: Leah Sasis, Drug and Alcohol Collector Trainer, MHS

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session

Government Affairs/PAC Meeting

NDASA’s Governmental Affairs Committee will be recapping the events of the past year, discussing any current legislative issues with members, and verifying our position with membership. We will have a discussion about the NDASA 2020 Advocacy Day in Washington DC (May 2020) and will address the NDASA PAC and its future.


3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Breakout Session

A Winning Drug Testing Approach: Deterrence Centricity

Why “Certainty of Detection” and “Deterrence Centricity” are two sides of the same coin.

Presenter: Allen Johnson, VP of Marketing & Richard Clay, VP National Accounts Psychemedics

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Breakout Session

FTA & PHMSA Insights and Updates

Including Q&A with Officials

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Breakout Session

A Day in the Life of a Drug Screen

Starting a drug and alcohol testing business. Learn about the steps a drug screen goes through from collection to result.

Presenter: Dr. Bill Brooks, President AdvantageCare, Inc.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Breakout Session

Use of Oral Fluid Collections & Testing to Improve your Workflow – An Approach for TPAs

Learn the benefits of implementing an oral fluid and alcohol testing program and how you can fit oral fluid testing into a TPA’s workflow to grow your business.

Presenter: Brian Feeley, Director of Sales, U.S. Diagnostics Business, Risk Assessment Testing Orasure Technologies.


5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Evening Reception w/Exhibitor Trade Show

Thursday, May 27

Time Event
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exhibitor Breakdown
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. General Session TBD
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

General Session

Quest Diagnostic Drug Testing Index 2020 Overview

Presenter: Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science & Technology Employers Solutions

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session

The Human Side of Drug and Alcohol Testing

Employers will learn how to implement federally compliant empathetic policies that are employee focused. They will also learn how to establish processes for getting supervisors more involved in identifying problems with their workforce sooner rather than later.

Presenter: Penny Horton, SHRM Senior Certified HR Professional, Who’s your HR

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session

CBD and Delta-8-THC Impact on Drug Testing

Attendees will learn about the plant origin of CBD and THC and gain an understanding of the metabolism profile for CBD in urine. This session will also examine the effect of CBD on workplace drug testing and the impact of Delta-8-THC on marijuana confirmations for Delta 9-THCA.

Presenter: Dr. David Kuntz, Executive Director for Analytical Toxicology/Laboratory Director Clinical Reference Laboratories


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session

United States Coast Guard Insights and Updates

Includes Q & A with USCG official

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session

State Affiliates Meeting

The state affiliate caucus meeting will be held for all official state affiliate and associate affiliate designated representatives. State related issues will be discussed, including certification and training opportunities, membership recruitment, state governmental advocacy and the responsibilities of state affiliate representatives, also known as NDASA “ambassadors.”


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Members Meeting
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

General Session

Employer Perspective on Hiring and Retaining Employees in Recovery

Presenter: Karen Pierce, Managing Director at Working Partners Systems

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

General Session

Is Cannabis Dangerous? Scientific Evidence and Lessons from the Legalized States. What Employers MUST Know!

This session will be relevant for TPAs, SAPs, DERs, MROs, and any other industry professional dealing with the questions relating to cannabis use and the relationship between marijuana use, mental health, workplace safety and EAP/SAP services.

Presenter: Alex Berenson, Journalist, Non-Fiction Writer, and Novelist


3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Session