Steven P. Hochberg
Founder and President

Steven P. Hochberg, Founder and President

Steven Hochberg founded Caliber Associates in 1988 to meet the challenges of executive search in the pharmaceutical and burgeoning life sciences industries. He has personally completed more than 500 searches, representing major clients in biotechnology, global and specialty pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and the pharmaceutical services industries. Steve has fulfilled key executive and board placements in every market segment, from biotechnology startups to private and publicly traded companies throughout the industry. His clients are among the world's top life science companies, including MedImmune, Genzyme, Elan, Cephalon, Sepracor, Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Vical, Santarus, SkinMedica, Genoptix, Sanofi Aventis and AstraZeneca.


Caliber Associates is grounded in Steve's prior experience in management of staffing, compensation and human resource functions in research, manufacturing and corporate environments. He worked for Rorer Group, Inc., FMC Corporation and Shell Oil Company, where he led key aspects of human resource management and labor relations, including arbitration and negotiations for an 1800-employee oil refinery.


Steve earned an MS in Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


Steve divides his time between Philadelphia and San Diego. Active in community and life sciences organizations, Steve has previously served within the Philadelphia Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and he is a member of Pennsylvania BIO, Connect, RAPS, Drug Information Association, BIOCOM, and Biotechnology Industry Organization. He has played an active role in the BIO industry's HR Group.



Nancy L. Kelly
Vice President

NANCY L. KELLY, Vice President

Nancy Kelly brings more than 25 years of experience in executive search. Though she has recruited across diverse industries and functions throughout her career, she is known for her extensive work and knowledge in the life sciences industry. Nancy has recruited senior talent for a wide array of clients, spanning from large pharmaceuticals to emerging biotech companies. Most recently, Nancy worked as a Managing Associate in the Biotech Practice of KornFerry International. Earlier in her career, Nancy was a key member of Heidrick & Struggles’ Life Sciences Practice, where she conducted executive searches from Executive Director to CEO. Over the years, Nancy has recruited senior leadership positions across research and development, commercial and the C-Suite. Her previous executive search background also includes search execution with a well-regarded generalist firm. A native of Philadelphia, she holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing/health administration and an MBA from La Salle University.







Lisa Lacasse

Lisa Lacasse, Principal

Lisa Lacasse is a seasoned recruitment professional with extensive experience in retained executive search and corporate environments. She is known as a dedicated business partner throughout the recruitment process, with in-depth recruiting within biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and information technology industries. Lisa’s focus is on executive level professionals ranging from start-up biotechs to big pharma. Her prior experience includes a successful independent staffing consulting business with boutique life science retained search firms and corporate clients. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.










Juliana Mozi
Administrative Manager

Juliana Mozi, Administrative Manager

Juliana Mozi has served as the Administrative Manager for Caliber Associates since 2000. Over the past 15 years, Juliana has led Caliber Associates in the areas of Administration and Finance. Her responsibilities include handling logistics and communications with clients and candidates to ensure all aspects of the search process are smooth, efficient and effective. Working closely with clients and candidates, Juliana is committed to seamless teamwork and excellent client service. Prior to joining Caliber Associates, Juliana spent over 15 years working for a global pharmaceutical company, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, supporting Human Resources for the R&D organization. During this period Juliana worked with the Senior Management Team and was actively involved in recruiting and staffing particularly focused on working with international executives. Additionally, Juliana was a team member of the Professional and Organizational Development Group.








Kaila N. Cooper
Office Assistant

KAILA N. COOPER, Office Assistant

Prior to joining Caliber Associates, Kaila was an administrative assistant at Nationwide Insurance in Plano, Texas. She is earning her BA in Political Science and Urban Studies at San Diego State University. Kaila has experience working in customer service and sales.