Professionals with experience and integrity

At Pride, we think it’s important to live up to our name and take pride in the analysis we provide as well as the team who performs it. Each role is a vital component of our quality control, and attention to detail is their focus. It makes it easy for us to boast about our run to run consistency and accurate results when we are confident in the team that’s behind those promises.

Pride provides an affordable suite of compliance testing, as outlined by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.

Meet our team

Don Biedenkapp

Laboratory Director

Don graduated from Cal State San Bernardino with a BS in Chemistry. Don went on to spend the next ten years in environmental testing, where he became an expert in methods for volatile organic compounds, anions, perchlorate, halogenated oxyhalides, cations, pesticides, PCBs, and hydrocarbon chains. Don’s instrument expertise includes GC/MS, Ion Chromatography, Ion Chromatography/MS/MS, ICP, ICP/MS, and GC/FID. Don joined the cannabis industry in 2017 and has since been involved with three major California testing labs testing cannabis, developing and validating methods, and setting up instruments for residual pesticides on LC/MS/MS and GC/MS/MS, residual solvents on GC/FID and GC/MS, and cannabinoids on HPLC.

Abby Sewell

Quality Director

Abby received her BS in Chemistry and MS in Biochemistry from Kent State University in Ohio. Since graduating Abby has worked as a molecular biologist within the bio-pharmaceutical sector, where she contributed to projects involving high-throughput drug discovery as well as the development and manufacturing of intravenous viral-mediated gene therapies. Abby moved to California and started working in the cannabis industry in 2019, and now serves as theMicrobiology Technical Lead at Pride Analytics and Consulting. Her goal is to provide the most accurate and high-quality data to clients, while ensuring that only safe products make it to consumers.

Austin Russell

Director of Operations

Austin attended Auburn University where he earned his degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles, CA to begin working in the cannabis industry. He began by managing a concentrate pesticide remediation laboratory, after which he joined the cannabis testing industry as a Technical Liaison, assisting in daily operations and overseeing science communication. Austin is thrilled for the opportunity to continue to help clients succeed with clear and effective testing practices among Pride’s team of impassioned and principled scientists.

Francisco Gallegos

Laboratory Manager

Francisco Gallegos is a Coachella Valley native, born and raised in Indio, CA. During his early years he helped his father develop their family-owned flower nursery, where his hard work ethic was programmed and love for plants/nature was found. These irreplaceable traits plus others lead him to graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. His goal for Pride Analytics and Consulting is to provide high-quality laboratory work for the cannabis and hemp industries.