Speaker Bio's


Celia A. Dodd, PhD

Dr. Dodd has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Fort Valley State University since 2012. She received her doctorate in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences from the Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2009 where her work focused on the neurotoxicity of manganese. From 2009-2011 she was a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Georgia where she continued to focus on the mechanisms of manganese and pesticide toxicity. Currently, her lab at FVSU investigates the neurotoxic mechanisms of polybrominated diphenyl ethers using C. elegans as an in vivo model.  Dr. Dodd is the author/co-author of 10 peer-reviewed articles and has served as peer-reviewer for toxicology journals including Neurotoxicology and the International Journal of Toxicology. Additionally she is a member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) where she serves as a host-mentor to undergraduate minority students participating in the annual SOT meeting. Dr. Dodd also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Southeastern Society of Toxicology and travels annually with students from FVSU to both the SOT and SESOT meetings. Dr. Dodd has served as LSAMP research mentor at FVSU for the past two summers and has mentored multiple senior research projects for the department of Biology. Recently she was successful in receiving an NSF Targeted Infusion grant to incorporate Toxicology curriculum and provide student internships for the Biology and Chemistry departments at FVSU.


Jackie Sutcivni, Grant Consultant, Hanover Research


M.B.A., Healthcare Management Western Governors University B.S., Natural Sciences Worcester State College

Jackie’s career as a grant writer spans a broad range of disciplines. Since 2000, she has helped institutions of higher education, healthcare agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities obtain more than $50 million in grant funding. A former research assistant, healthcare professional, public administrator, staff grant writer for higher education, and small business owner, Jackie brings a range of skills and experience to every engagement. Specializing in federal grant submissions, her expertise in federal grant program design, implementation, and management are immediately evident. She is especially skilled in advancing initiatives through the development of multi-partner and consortium grant proposals and balancing faculty and administrative perspectives. Notably, in 2010, Jackie was formally recognized by the EPA as the recipient of the Environmental Merit Award in recognition of her efforts in obtaining more than $30 million in funding to mitigate lead hazards from homes and the environment.

Key Awards:

  • $4,000,000 – HUD – Lead Hazard Control/Demonstration Reduction Grant Programs
  • $4,000,000 – DOL – Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program
  • $900,000 – EPA – Revolving Loan Fund


William Kay, Content Director, Hanover Research


MCRP, ’00, University of Oregon, Community and Regional Planning. BA, ’95, Ithaca College, Anthropology

William joined Hanover Research with more than six years of experience working as an independent research consultant and six years in corporate and foundation relations and academic funding. At the beginning of his career, Will worked as a Project Associate at the Sierra Institute and then three years as under contract as a socio-economic research analyst at the USDA- Forest Service. He eventually moved on be the Director of Member Allocation and Services of the United Way of Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY. That led Will to Ithaca College, where he worked within the division of Institutional Advancement.  During his time there, Will gained honed grant-seeking expertise, and gained familiarity with alumni relations, academic funding, and trends in utilization of social media within higher education.

Industry Experience:

Sponsored Research, 2010-2012, Corporate and Foundation Relations, 2006–2012, Grant writing, starting in 1997, Program assessment and evaluation and strategic planning, starting in 1997

Prior Work History:

  • Ithaca College, 2006-2012
    • Interim Director, Grants and Sponsored Projects (Office of the Provost), 2011–2012
    • Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations (Institutional Advancement), 2008–2012
    • Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, 2008
    • Assistance Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, 2006–2008
  • Contract Research Consultant, USDA Forest Service, Northwest Forest Plan Social and Economic Monitoring, 2003–2006
  • Research Associate, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative Assessment, 2000–2002

Time at Hanover:

Hired January 2014


Dr. Gosukonda, Associate Professor of Agricultural Sciences, Fort Valley State University

Dr. Gosukonda is a tenured, Associate Professor of Agricultural Sciences at Fort Valley State University. Dr. Gosukonda has served for fourteen-years as a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science, prior to his transfer to the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology in August 2014. He has more than fifteen (15) years of experience in teaching, scholarly research, grantsmanship, service, undergraduate research and advisement. He has strong academic background and training in computer science, plant biotechnology, and bioinformatics. Recently, he has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve students’ competencies in Bioinformatics at FVSU. He has developed several courses for graduate and undergraduate programs. Additionally, he has conducted and participated in faculty development workshops. His research interests include biotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial neural networks, and STEM pedagogy. He can be contacted at gosukonr@fvsu.edu (office 478 825 6836).