InteliSpark was formed in 2016 to broaden the mission of providing assistance to include universities, venture capital firms, and economic development programs

Kirk J. Macolini - President, Principal Consultant, & Founder

Kirk Macolini is the Founder, President, & Principal Consultant of InteliSpark.   Kirk has over 15 years of experience with the SBIR and STTR programs and has developed proposals that have resulted in ~300 funded projects from agencies including all SBIR granting federal agencies. His work assisting start-ups in competing for SBIR/STTR funding has been featured in the journal Nature.  Many of his clients’ projects are based on University generated technologies – including technologies from well-respected research institutions such as Cornell University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Berkeley, and the University of Virginia.  He has held technical, management, and business roles in small software and biotech firms.  Mr. Macolini earned a Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science in the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has eight-years of military experience in military intelligence and combat engineering roles. An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Macolini also founded Centurion Technology to help small innovative firms compete effectively against larger SBIR mills. He is dedicated to giving each client the personal attention required to make the client successful. If you have any questions, feel free to email Kirk directly at


Aaron J. Bouchie - Senior Consultant and Life Science Proposal Development Specialist

Aaron, who joined InteliSpark’s predecessor (Centurion Technology) in 2012, has more than 15 years of experience in analyzing and writing about all aspects of the biopharma, agbiotech, industrial biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical industries, including issues concerning science, business, finance, policy and intellectual property. He uses this broad experience to develop winning SBIR/STTR proposals with a primary focus on life science projects.  Prior to joining Centurion Technology, he spent 5 ½ years as a Senior Writer for BioCentury Publications, a leading trade publication covering the biopharma industry, and more than a year as the licensing coordinator in the patenting and licensing office of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Aaron began his career at Nature Biotechnology, where he was a news editor and the inaugural managing editor of the Bioentrepreneur Web Portal, a unique resource to help scientists commercialize their research. Aaron received a B.A. in biology from Cornell University in 1999.


Emma Hyland - Proposal Development Coordinator

Emma is a recent graduate of Ithaca College where she received her B.S. in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and Management. Prior to joining InteliSpark, Emma was an intern at Montgomery County Business Development Center,  focusing on PR work with local businesses. She also volunteered at Ithaca's local start-up incubator, Rev, and worked on the marketing team for a business' new sector. In her experiences with local businesses through both her internship and courses at Ithaca College, Emma has been filled with the desire to assist in the growth of start-ups and small businesses.


Jodie Mangor – Proposal Development consultant

Jodie Mangor joined the InteliSpark team in 2016. Formally trained as a research scientist, she has over seven years of lab experience in university-based projects ranging from degradation of bacterially produced polymers to tRNA gene regulation. She is also a co-inventor on a patent held by Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University with potential application in gene therapy. Over the past decade, she has authored Acoustiguide and  AudioConexus audio-tour scripts for high-profile venues including the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Ford’s Theatre, and travel destinations around the world. She also spent four years as editing scientific manuscripts for publication in Springer Science+Business Media journals.  Jodie has an M.S. in molecular biology from the University of Oregon, as well as B.S. degrees in both microbiology and environmental science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Sheryl Rakowski – Proposal Development Assistant

Sheryl Rakowski joined the Intelispark team in 2017. Formerly a Senior Research Specialist of 20 years from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sheryl worked primarily in a Bacteriology Research Lab. As a co-author, she contributed to the writing, editing, and figure-generation of 9 peer-reviewed articles, 1 book chapter and 5 symposia posters. “Acknowledged” in 9 additional publications. Her interests and skills include science communications with an emphasis on the preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts and grant proposals. Sheryl has a B.S in Biology from Cornell University and a M.S in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin.