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Senior Staff

Growing strong customer partnerships is a cornerstone of VTS Consultants’ mission. By working closely with our clients to develop focused approaches, we solve complex challenges while exceeding standards for quality. In a climate of evolving and expanding regulatory demands, let the VTS team forge solutions for you.

With more than 50 years of combined experience, Kenneth J. Christie, Chief Operating Officer and Kayvan Khatami, Vice President of Operations, and Dennis Barnoski, Executive Director of Engineering Support & Compliance lead their team in providing VTS Consultants clients with outstanding industry service. Scroll down for more on their credentials and experience.

Kenneth J. Christie,
Chief Operating Officer

Kenneth Christie joined VTS Consultants in 1998. He possesses 30+ years of sterile aseptic manufacturing and regulatory GMP consulting experience. He held positions within Quality Assurance and Validation Management. He oversees quality system auditing, and GMP training on a global basis. He also performs vendor audits and site pre-approval inspections and assists clients with addressing and correcting regulatory observations.

A speaker and trainer for several professional organizations in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, Kenneth is also a published author of articles dealing with the challenges of aseptic processing. Additionally, he served as a member of the ISPE’s Professional Certification (PCC) Commission as an Examination Development Committee (EDC) member.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Shippensburg State University (PA) and an Executive MBA degree from Michigan State University.

Kayvan Khatami,
Vice President of Operations

Kayvan Khatami joined VTS Consultants in 1995 and has over 30+ years of industry experience. He has been instrumental in leading VTS Consultants to its current position as one of the leading Validation and Compliance services in the United States.

During this time, Kayvan has led teams of consultants for a majority of the country’s premier pharmaceutical, biotechnology and cosmetic companies as well as other companies and many start-up projects.

Kayvan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Dennis Barnoski,
Exec. Director of Engineering Support & Compliance

Dennis Barnoski joined VTS Consultants in 1998; and currently fills the role of Executive Director of Engineering Support and Compliance. He has over 40 years of industry experience in laboratory operations, pharmaceutical fill/finish, biotech, API and medical device manufacturing. Overall responsibilities include project management, senior level quality reviews of commissioning, qualification and validation documentation, regulatory consulting, gap analysis and performance of vendor audits.

Dennis’ variety of experiences in the laboratory, quality assurance, and manufacturing operations brings a wealth of practical knowledge to our clients.

As a leader in commissioning/qualification/validation (CQV), he has led teams of engineers and validation support professionals in all aspects of equipment/system qualification and facility startups managing multiple project schedules across customer groups.

Dennis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Penn State University.