Our Team

STAFF

Eden Bermingham, DVM, MS, DACVCP

Executive Director of Pharmacology and Drug Development

Eden received her AB in Biology and French from Dartmouth College and DVM from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell).  She was a mixed/large animal practitioner with a focus on equine medicine in VT and NH before initiating a combined Master’s degree and veterinary clinical pharmacology residency at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her residency, she practiced small animal medicine and she was accepted into the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology in 2004.

Eden then worked for Intervet as a clinical development veterinarian for nine years; her last position was Manager of the Clinical Development Team.  After Intervet was acquired by Schering-Plough Animal Health, she joined FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine where she was a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Division of Therapeutic Drugs for Non-food Animals for 5 years and Team Leader of the Clinical Pharmacology Team in the Division of Scientific Support for 5 years.

Eden’s role at ACI is to assist with the understanding of regulatory requirements and to design and assist with the implementation of proof of concept, dose determination and confirmation, pharmacokinetic, and pivotal safety and effectiveness studies.

Eden is a third-generation horseman, growing up on a horse farm in Vermont driving draft horses and Standardbred racehorses. She also competed two home-bred horses in three day eventing. She has a Clydesdale/Thoroughbred cross mare, five cats, a large garden, and an understanding husband. She lives in an airport community near Lewes, Delaware.

Michelle Bradford, MS

Senior Study Monitor

Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in Springfield, MO. She then attended New Mexico State University where she earned a Master of Science degree in Animal Science with a nutrition emphasis.

After graduating with her MS degree, she moved to the Texas panhandle to work as a Nutrition Coordinator for a commercial hog operation. Seeking more human interaction than a remote Texas town could provide, she moved to Chandler, AZ and worked as a Lab Manager for a company which provided feed analysis and custom mineral pre-mixes for dairy farms.

While she loved the Phoenix area, she knew she needed to get back to the Midwest so that she could spoil nieces and nephews. After moving back to the Midwest she worked with Kelly Scientific Resources for several years assisting scientists and chemists in finding their dream job. With all of the scientific connections she made, she eventually came across her own dream job, Clinical Research Associate. She accepted this position with Bayer Animal Health and worked with them for several years, progressing to Senior CRA. Michelle then joined ACI as a Senior CRA in March 2021. She is responsible for monitoring clinical trials for data accuracy and integrity and for ensuring adherence to protocols and regulatory standards.

Michelle lives in Kansas with her husband, two daughters and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys hiking and fossil hunting with her family, gardening, yoga, traveling and cooking.

Philippe Brianceau, DVM

Chief Development Officer

After receiving his veterinary degree from the veterinary school of Toulouse in France, Philippe completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine at Cornell University and his residency in Large Animal Surgery at Tufts University before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 2001.

Philippe has nearly 25 years of experience in Animal Health, and a solid understanding of the drug development process, as well as the functions and processes relevant to drug development, regulatory affairs and project management.  He held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility, from early drug discovery to the approval of new animal drugs, in large pharmaceutical organizations, small startup companies, and contract research organizations.  Prior to joining ACI in 2017, he contributed to the management of a research farm, managed large field effectiveness and safety studies, lead a clinical research team and directed complex global project teams for the development and licensing of pharmaceutical animal products in the United States, Europe and Brazil.

Christine Costello

Data Manager

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, maintaining quality controls in ACI’s data capture processes, and managing and creating studies in EDC systems. She works remotely from Chesapeake, Virginia where she lives with her husband, their orange tabby, Cheddar, and their black labrador, Rocky.

Dina DiVirgilio

Senior Quality and Compliance Manager

Dina received her BS in Small Animal Science from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. She started out in the pharmaceutical industry conducting biopharmaceutical/pharmacokinetic animal model studies. In 2004, she transitioned into monitoring animal health clinical trials. Dina joined ACI in 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. Ranging from early phase to pivotal studies, Dina has had the ideal experiences needed to ensure high quality conduct across a multitude of study settings.

Dina lives in New Jersey with her dog and two cats. In her free time, you can find her out hiking with her dog, watching tennis or simply just hanging with her nieces and nephew.

Carrie Emke, RVT

Study Monitor

Carrie is a registered veterinary technician with more than 20 years of experience in the field of veterinary medicine. She spent 10 years working in general practice as a technician before taking a position as the lead technician at The Oncology Service in Leesburg, Virginia. She spent five years there, running several clinical trials, before heading to North Carolina State University to join the Clinical Studies Core as a clinical trials coordinator. There, she was involved in a variety of clinical trials and was able to focus on aspects of the job she enjoyed, like study recruitment.

Carrie joined ACI in May of 2019 as a consultant and is now one of ACI’s study monitors. She is primarily responsible for monitoring studies remotely and providing on-site support throughout the course of different clinical trials. Her experience as both a technician and study coordinator make Carrie an excellent support system to the on-site study teams as they collect and manage data.

Carrie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fredonia State University in New York. She lives outside Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, her dog Mimi, and her two cats, Quynh and Ellie. When she isn’t working, Carrie enjoys geocaching, baking, and listening to true crime podcasts.

Marissa Farbo, CVT

Senior Study Monitor

While attending the University of Hartford, Marissa explored multiple areas of human medicine and received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Upon graduation, she elected to pursue her lifelong interest in veterinary medicine at Becker College and received her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Leaving New England for warmer weather, Marissa worked at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolina’s as an oncology technician for two years. Upon returning to her home state of Massachusetts in 2007, Marissa worked as a certified oncology technician and ACI site coordinator at the New England Veterinary Oncology Group.

Marissa joined ACI in 2016 as a consultant and is now one of ACI’s trial monitors.  She is responsible for monitoring ongoing clinical trials for data accuracy and integrity in accordance with industry regulations. Marissa’s exposure to ever changing work environments has allowed her to adapt, prioritize and effectively manage multiple projects. In addition, her time spent as a study coordinator allows her to understand the process and challenges of on-site data collection.

Marissa lives in Central Massachusetts with her husband and two cats, Cisco and Salem. Outside of working, you can find Marissa spending time with family, outside enjoying the seasons, practicing yoga and traveling.

Stacy Hall

Controller

As the daughter of small business owners, Stacy grew up in a bagel and Italian bread bakery. Stacy graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance and minors in Economics and Biology. Stacy has continued to support the growth of small businesses throughout her career and has chosen to work for employers that share many of the same values she learned from a young age. Stacy relocated to the DC metro area in 2001. She has lived in Fairfax, VA since 2011.

Stacy has worked with ACI since 2002 and officially joined the ACI team in January of 2010. Stacy previously worked for 9 years as a public accountant and is very happy to be working in the private sector. She is responsible for the day-to-day financial business administration of ACI, as well as payroll, HR and ensuring our sites are paid.

Stacy loves most water sports and is happiest when she is spending time with her loving husband, two energetic sons and her very loyal dogs, Abby and Molly.

Beth Kee, DVM

Senior Director of Clinical Development and Study Operations

Prior to joining ACI in April 2021, Dr. Beth Kee graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. She fulfilled several roles at Elanco Animal Health, including as Associate Director of the Japan Hub in the Emerging Markets R&D Division; the Director of Global Regulatory Operations; Team Leader for Companion Animal Regulatory Innovation; then Director of Companion Animal Product Development, where she led the development and registration of animal health products for global use. Before leaving Elanco, Beth was tapped for a unique position in Alternative Innovation, in which she was responsible for creating opportunities outside Elanco’s core business piloting new models of product development and testing novel regulatory and clinical development strategies. Beth was most recently the Senior Director of Clinical Development at Kindred Bio. As ACI continues to expand its support of clients across all stages of product development, Beth will lead the company’s efforts in our historical core expertise: designing, conducting, and reporting field studies in complex medical conditions. 

Beth lives in Indianapolis where she loves spending time outdoors, practicing yoga and traveling to new locations with her adventurous beagle pack.

JT Means, MS

Data Manager

JT received his BS in Biology at Indiana University before moving to Washington, DC to pursue a career in veterinary medicine as a technician. JT specialized in oncology and acted as the site coordinator for numerous clinical trials. He joined ACI in 2015, and now works remotely from his hometown of Columbus, OH as a data manager. Further pursuits in clinical research lead JT to complete his Masters of Clinical Research at THE Ohio State University, allowing him to finally shake his Buckeye fandom imposter syndrome.

His responsibilities and expertise include the setup and management of study databases, the design and build of data capture forms, and statistical analysis. JT lives with his two energetic sons, one howling hound dog, and one extremely lazy pug. His hobbies include losing hearing at metal concerts, getting lost on weekend jogs, supporting a failing professional hockey team and curating his ever-growing insect collection.

Tony Rusk, DVM

Chief Medical Officer

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. Tony has practiced clinical veterinary oncology for more than 15 years. As part of his clinical work, Tony has served as investigator on oncology clinical trials including 2 pivotal trials.

Tony joined ACI in 2001 as Director of Clinical Trials and became VP of Clinical Affairs in 2005. Tony was selected as COO in 2016.  Tony has served as medical director for more than 40 pivotal and non-pivotal clinical trials and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of more than 80 trials. Tony’s experience in clinical practice and clinical research provides a valuable perspective on product development and the need to leverage scientific, clinical and regulatory endpoints while ensuring the safety of pets enrolled in trials.

Outside of work, Tony enjoys spending time with his 2 sons and lovely wife.  Tony has 1 dog and 2 cats.

Brittany Sprague, CVT

Study Monitor

Brittany is a Certified Veterinary Technician that has been working in different areas of veterinary medicine since 2012. While receiving her bachelor’s degree in animal science, she discovered her love for exotic animals while studying abroad in Australia. Brittany went on to receive her master’s degree in management from Mount Ida College in 2015. She gained years of experience in a small animal medicine, and continued exploring her passion working with different species. Brittany recently gained experience in veterinary emergency medicine, and has been working with capuchin monkeys for the last seven years.

Brittany happily joined ACI in March of 2020 as a study monitor. She is primarily responsible for monitoring studies remotely and providing on-site support throughout the course of different clinical trials. Her education and experience working in different aspects of veterinary medicine has prepared Brittany to adapt and manage projects associated with clinical trials.

Brittany lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her boyfriend, her dog Rosie, and her cat Rito. When she isn’t working, Brittany enjoys spending time with friends and family, being active with her dog and traveling as much as possible.

Terri Wasmoen, PhD

Executive Director of Biologics Product Development

Terri has a Ph.D. in Immunology from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and has over 35 years of industrial research experience focused in the areas of infectious disease research, vaccine development, diagnostics, and antibody therapeutics.  Terri retired as the Associate Vice President of Research for Merck Animal Health, where she led multi-national teams that successfully registered veterinary products in more than 50 different countries.  Since then, she enjoys teaching college Microbiology and consulting with biotech companies.  Terri is the inventor on several issued patents, is an author of numerous publications, and serves on several industrial, scientific, and non-profit boards/advisory groups.

Michelle Willette, CVT

Study Monitor

Michelle is a certified veterinary technician with more than ten years of experience in the field of veterinary medicine. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Mount Ida College in 2014, she spent almost three years working at a veterinary oncology hospital treating cancer patients with radiation and chemotherapy. Michelle joined the Clinical Trials Office at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University in May of 2017, where she was the lead technician on several oncology clinical trials until October 2019.

Michelle joined ACI in March of 2019 as a consultant and is now one of ACI’s study monitors. She is primarily responsible for monitoring studies remotely and providing on-site and remote support throughout the course of different clinical trials. With her experience working as a technician in the clinical trial setting, it allows her to understand the process for both data capture and data management within a study.

Michelle lives in central Massachusetts with her boyfriend and their two rescue dogs, Forrest and Nellie. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, going to the gym and training for the annual Pan-Mass Challenge.

Kristen V. Khanna, PhD, MBA

President and CEO

Kristen has actively served as ACI’s President and CEO since 2009.  She enjoys the blend of scientific advancement and business strategy that is ACI’s work and is inspired by the people who make up the ACI family, the creativity of ACI’s clients, and the human-animal bond. 

Kristen completed her PhD at the University of Minnesota and received post-doctoral training in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.  She completed an MBA at Johns Hopkins in 2005.  Prior to joining ACI, Kristen worked with several biotech companies in the areas of external relations, business development and strategic planning.

Kristen’s immediate family includes her husband, ACI founder Dr. Chand Khanna, their two children and a Danish-Swedish farm dog, Odin.

PARTNERS

VISION EDC is the industry leader in complex studies for human and animal studies. VISION EDC’s software and services enable CROs and Sponsors to craft a database that fits their unique needs, manage mid-study updates with ease, build their own studies or leverage VISION EDC’s team of certified data managers to design and build their eCRFs. Features include: patient mobile app for direct data entry, cross form edit checks, randomization, direct lab uploads, site invoicing, automatic dictionary coding and more.

Ethos Veterinary Health is the result of the merger of four specialty hospital groups that have worked closely together over the past eight years: IVG Hospitals in New England, Premier Veterinary Group in Chicago, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver and Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, in California. In April 2016, Ethos was pleased to welcome Peak Veterinary Referral Center to our network.  Ethos core values are: collaboration, continuous development, innovation, integration, quality
 and teamwork.  Its team consists of individuals coming together to create a culture that goes beyond the care of animals.

Medrio offers an integrated eClinical Software as a Service (SaaS) platform with a fully hosted Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system that drastically reduces study timelines and costs by putting study managers in control of their studies. By enabling studies to be built completely online without the need for any custom development, Medrio eClinical software allows studies to be ready in days instead of weeks. Medrio has been used successfully in Phase I-IV trials, registries, and other clinical studies by a number of leading contract research organizations (CROs), as well as biopharmaceutical and device companies. Founded in 2005, Medrio is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.