Staff

Kristen V. Khanna, PhD, MBA
Kristen completed her PhD at the University of Minnesota and her post-doctoral training at the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her MBA at the Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies and Business Education. Kristen has worked with several biotech start-up companies in the areas of external relations, business development and strategic planning. She has actively served as ACI’s President and CEO since 2008. Kristen’s family includes a Danish-Swedish farm dog who fully lives up to his name, Odin. She enjoys cheering for her kids’ sports teams and moving furniture in the office.

Tony Rusk, DVM
Tony received his BS in Biology at Ball State University in Indiana and DVM from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in June 2000. He has practiced as a clinical associate in a busy small animal medical oncology practice for 10 years. Tony joined ACI in 2001 as Director of Clinical Trials and became the ACI Vice President of Clinical Affairs in 2005. Tony has served as medical director for more than 20 pivotal and non-pivotal clinical trials and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of more than 50 trials. Tony enjoys golf, basketball and an occasional trip to the beach. He has 2 sons, a lovely wife, and 3 pets (Lexie the black lab and Otis and Desi the cats).

Cindy Gonzalez, CCRA
Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Cindy returned to the Washington, DC area after earning a BA in Biology at Grinnell College. Cindy worked as a Veterinary Technician before joining the Client Care staff at Friendship Hospital for Animals in 2005. After serving as Oncology Coordinator for The Oncology Service at Friendship Hospital for Animals, Cindy began working with ACI as a Study Coordinator in 2009. She now oversees the day-to-day conduct of clinical trials as a Project Manager for ACI. She is a Certified Clinical Research Associate. Cindy lives with her husband, two sons, and Gilligan the trusty Beagle.

Dina DiVirgilio
Dina graduated from Delaware Valley College with a B.S. degree in Small Animal Science. She has spent the majority of her career in the pharmaceutical industry, first conducting biopharmaceutical/pharmacokinetic animal model studies, and then monitoring animal health clinical trials. Dina started with ACI as a contractor and became a permanent employee in September 2012. She is primarily responsible for the quality of the studies being conducted and ensures that ACI and its professional network are compliant with all applicable SOPs, protocols, and industry regulations. Dina lives in New Jersey with her husband, two dogs, and four cats. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, watching tennis, reading, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.

Christine Costello
Christine received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining ACI, Christine was an animal technician in the intensive care unit at Sobran. Christine served as an oncology technician and ACI site coordinator with The Oncology Service in the DC area and joined ACI in 2011 as a Data Manager. Christine is involved in many aspects of data management, including developing and maintaining databases for clinical studies, managing diagnostic images and reports, and maintaining quality controls in ACI’s data capture processes. She works remotely from Virginia Beach, Virginia where she lives with her husband, their orange tabby, Cheddar, and their black labrador, Rocky.

Stacy Hall
Stacy graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance and minors in Economics and Biology. She joined the ACI team in January 2010. Stacy is responsible for the day-to-day business administration of the company. She also handles all financial aspects related to study contracts and study reimbursement forms. She previously worked for 9 years as a public accountant and is very happy working in the private sector. Stacy is married with two little boys and two dogs.