About Peregrine Academic Services

Peregrine Academic Services, LLC was founded in order to assist colleges and universities with the program-level assessment requirements. Several of us worked previously at higher learning institutions where we saw that the tools and methods that were being used to assess academic programs through direct measurement were limited in scope, application, and/or availability. We saw reports that included meaningless and irrelevant statistics and comparisons. These were not the data that academic professionals could readily use to address accreditation needs, make meaningful adjustments to an academic program, or evaluate learning outcomes at the program level. What was needed were tools build upon the requirements of accreditation and that is what we have built.

Our most important goal continues to be to provide customizable academic services related to accreditation needs that can be directly applied across the spectrum of higher learning: from associates through doctoral; both within the US and throughout the world.

Our Mission is to provide online assessment services and higher learning products for higher learning institutions and assist these schools with obtaining and maintaining their accreditation requirements. Our Vision is to be the academic partner of choice for all higher learning institutions, within the US and throughout the World.

Our Values include:

  • Confidentiality: Maintain reliable and secure web-based services that ensure absolute confidentiality.
  • Continuous Improvement: Anticipate, build, peer-review, pilot, validate, and then provide academic services that best meet the evolving needs for 21st Century higher learning institutions.
  • Consistency: Provide stable and reliable educational web-based platforms for higher learning institutions within a 24/7 supported environment.
  • Customization: Offer customized solutions for our clients that best meet their specific academic needs for quality, accreditation, professionalism, and accountability.
  • Competency: Maintain the highest level of competency associated with higher education, leadership, and professional academic standard assurance.

Meaning Behind the Name: Peregrine

Peregrine ( pronounced PER-ə-grən ) is of Latin origin and means traveler or wanderer (Merriam-Webster). The name was popular among early European settlers of the Americas. Peregrine White was the name of the first child born to the Pilgrims in the New World and was born on the Mayflower.

The peregrine falcon is found throughout the world and is the fastest animal on the planet. Although the falcon was threatened with extinction in the 1960s, populations today are healthy, self-sustaining, and expanding in many areas.

We chose the name peregrine, and its representation with the peregrine falcon, for our company in order to symbolize shared characteristics: resiliency, world wide distribution, tenacity, and an ability to adapt to a variety of conditions.

We are quick to respond to your academic needs, we fly above the competition, and we can attack your assessment and business learning problems with proven skills honed through years of higher education experience.

Unique characteristics and features of our Company services include 100% online services, immediate access to exam results by university officials, complete coverage of the business and business-related core competencies, and quality assurance from the business degree accreditation entities.

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Company President & CEO
Olin O. Oedekoven, Ph.D.

Dr. Oedekoven has over 30 years of senior leadership, education, and academic experience through service in both the public and private sectors. His vision created Peregrine Academic Services when he and his colleagues realized that a serious gap existed between the requirements for direct assessment and the tools that were available at the time.

Chief Financial Officer
Richard L. Mansheim

Rick’s higher education background crosses over many different areas including budget management and forecasting, policy and procedure development, succession planning, working with nonprofit boards, and staff/faculty development. Rick is currently completing his Doctor of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership with Grand Canyon University.

Director of Strategic Alliances
William S. Parrott

For over 30 years, William (Bill) Parrott has worked in quality assurance and academic program development. Bill is an expert in the implementation of continuous improvement including program assessment. Before joining our team, Bill spent 13 years with International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Bill has traveled to over 200 institutions of higher learning and reviewed 1000+ degree programs in more than 20 countries and within the US. Bill has reviewed accreditation documents, developed new academic programs, updated existing programs, and consulted with program administrators to enhance their ability to accomplish their goals.

Client Services Manager
Sarah Warne

With over 15 years of experience in technology management, information management systems, and customer/client support, Sarah Warne has breadth and depth in higher education support. Her innovation, creativity, and solution-oriented approaches to problem solving and customer support have helped propel Peregrine Academic Services into its role as a global leader in accreditation related services.

Client Service Manager
Kayla Vos

Kayla Vos has a great depth of experience in the fields of customer service, client management, and business operations based on her previous work within the lodging and web service industries. Her higher education experience was with Dakota State University in Madison South Dakota. Kayla's focus is on ensuring the highest quality of customer service and care.

Senior Developer
Michael Napolitano

Michael Napolitano is a certified programmer in all major internet-based languages and a leader within his field for web programming and database design. He has worked for several software development firms and has an extensive background in system management and creation.

Director of Programming
Tom Kaness, M.S.

Programmer and information technology developer Tom Kaness has over 30 years of experience with a diversity of public and private organizations in software development, programming, technology management, and automated report design and implementation.

Director of Australian and South Asian Operations
Deborah K. Robbins

Deborah has over 25 years of experience within nearly every organizational level of higher education and business from faculty/first-line employee to senior leadership. She has worked in the public sector, private sector, and with non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.

Executive Director
John E. Lavrenz

John has worked extensively within the private sector and possesses a comprehensive background in management and leadership. John’s educational background includes degrees in English, Organizational Psychology, and Project Management. He has spent the past 10 years as an advisory board member with Gillette College and currently serves as the vice-chairman of the board at Gillette College.

Business Manager
Lois Hankins

Lois Hankins has a background in corporate finance, fiscal management, and program accountability. Lois possesses a broad set of skills in customer service, inventory control, and fiscal policy.

Director of Latin American Operations
Luis Rodriguez

Dr. Luis F. Rodriguez is a higher education professional with extensive experience in online student support services, online learning, academic compliance, and strategic planning. He holds a bachelor degree in education from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, and a doctoral (PhD) degree in Management from Walden University. For over 20 years, Luis has been engaged in higher education as a professor, academic administrator, and a consultant. A native of Puerto Rico, Luis extends the reach and capabilities of Peregrine Academic Services into the Latin America region and the Hispanic institutions in the United States.

Dr. Luis F. Rodriguez es un profesional con amplia experiencia en servicios de apoyo estudiantil y aprendizaje en línea, cumplimiento académico y planificación estratégica en educación superior. Tiene una Licenciatura en Educación de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, una Maestría en Administración de Empresas (MBA) de la Universidad de Phoenix y un Doctorado (PhD) en Gerencia de Walden University. Por los pasados 20 años, Luis ha participado en la educación superior como consultor, profesor y administrador académico. Nativo de Puerto Rico, Luis extiende el alcance y la capacidad de Peregrine Academic Services en la región de América Latina y las instituciones hispanas en los Estados Unidos.

Network Administrator
Melissa Birk

Melissa Birk’s professional career includes both university and the US Government roles within the information management systems field. Melissa has experience in contingency planning, policy development, information systems security, information systems design, and development. Melissa holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer and Network Security and a Master’s degree in Information Assurance from Dakota State University.

Director of Client Services
Brenda Bishop

Brenda Bishop’s background includes senior human resource management, safety, and department of corrections rehabilitation. Brenda’s academic degree is in Psychology from the University of Wyoming.

Software Architect
Joseph Lemmon

Joseph Lemmon’s experience in software as a service development includes several years with the US Department of Energy National Laboratory in Idaho. Joe built and maintained a variety of software systems for both private and public organizations.

Director of European Operations
Markus Roth

Markus Roth is based in Zurich, Switzerland. He has worked for several universities in Switzerland over the past 20 years as a researcher in the fields of geography, anthropology, and political sociology. In higher education, Markus was also responsible for quality control and international accreditation for higher educational programs. His accreditation experience includes working with ACBSP, IACBE, and EFMD.

Director of Global Sales and Marketing
Alimaa Jamiyansuren, M.A.

Alimaa has over 15 years of experience working at leading US economic consulting companies, and privately, on issues related to economics, business, higher education, public relations/communications, and leadership. Her fields of expertise include higher education accreditation and assessment, communications, non-profit organizations, public health, mortgage industry, financial economics, econometric modeling, antitrust economics, and training. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts. Alimaa is fluent in Mongolian, Russian, and English languages.

Олон Улсын Борлуулалт, Маркетинг Хариуцсан Захирал Жамъянсүрэнгийн Алимаа нь АНУ-д бизнес болон эдийн засгийн зөвлөх мэргэжилтнээр 15 гаруй жил ажилласан. Тэрээр онолын, монополийн, тоон техник арга/статистик, санхүү эдийн засаг; олон нийтийн эрүүл мэнд, банк зээлийн салбарын зэрэгцээ дээд боловсролын салбарт эдийн засгийн мэргэжлийн зөвлөгөө өгөхөөс гадна нарийвчилсан експертиз хийжээ.

Директор по глобальным продажам и маркетингу, Алимаа Жамъянсүрэн, имеет богатый профессиональный опыт. Она работала консультантом по экономическим и коммерческим вопросами в США за более 15 лет. В это время она принимала или руководила консультационными проектами касающих экономики, антимонопольной экономики, финансовой экономики, количественных метод в экономике и эконометрикс, ипотечной отрасли, общественное здравоохранение и высшее образование (международная аккредитация, оценка уровня знаний студентов на программном уровне, менежмент и руководство).

Client Service Manager
Josh Duryea

Josh received his undergraduate education at the University of Wyoming, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in 2012. He brings a unique blend of professional, educational, and leadership, experience to the Peregrine team. As a Client Service Manager, Josh is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and care to all Peregrine clients.