Our Managers


Isaiah Hankel Ph.D.


Isaiah is an internationally recognized Fortune 500 industry consultant and founder of several successful biotechnology startups. He is an expert in the biotechnology industry and specializes in helping professionals transition into cutting-edge career tracks.

Isaiah founded the Cheeky Scientist Association, a private alternative career development network specifically for PhDs, which now has over 1,000 active members worldwide. Isaiah has published a bestselling business book, Black Hole Focus: How Intelligent People Can Create A More Powerful Purpose For Their Lives and has given over 300 keynote seminars in 30 different countries.


Laura Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

Laura is the Chief Executive Officer of Cheeky Scientist, bringing over 10 years of business management experience to the company. Laura has managed both private companies and government organizations, and specializes in executive training, operations, finance, human resources, personnel management, customer service, and event organization.

Laura has organized Cheeky Scientist webinars and live events at Harvard Medical School, Vanderbilt University, University of Chicago, MIT, Boston University, Imperial College London, University of Rotterdam, University of Iceland, and many other institutions.


Catherine Sorbara Ph.D.

Chief Operations Officer

Catherine is the Chief Operations Officer of Cheeky Scientist where she manages the operations of all company programs and initiatives. Catherine is a lead developer of Association’s training program and the chair of the Associations’ private group.

Cathy has extensive experience in scientific publishing and public speaking. She is a steering member in the AWiSE, a regional network for women in science, engineering and technology in both industry and academia.


Klodjan Stafa Ph.D.

General Manager

Klodjan is the General Manager of Cheeky Scientist where he works closely with Accredited Consultants to help Associates and Small Group Consulting members secure industry positions. He is responsible for both program development and program application by all Cheeky Scientist program members.

Klodjan has extensive experience as a ​Senior Scientist in industry, having worked at some of the largest companies in the world including Estée Lauder Companies. Klodjan devotes a significant portion of his time specifically training postdoctoral researchers to transition into Research Scientist roles in industry.

Sarah Rodrigues Ph.D.

Small Group Consulting Product Manager

Sarah is a Small Group Consulting Manager where she manages the Small Group Consulting training program and private group. She is responsible for both program development and program application by Small Group Consulting members.

Sarah has extensive experience as a ​business ​developer, specializing in international strategic sales and developing new markets. She has worked around the world to bring innovative solutions to the global health market.

Ann Grosse, Ph.D.

Association Product Manager

Ann is an Association Manager where she manages the Association’s training program and private group. She is responsible for both program development and program application by Associates.

Ann has extensive experience as a program manager and scientific liaison, specializing in the coordination of complex programs throughout the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She has assisted in therapeutic breakthroughs in the fields of genetics and drug discovery.