WES Regional Directors

Regional directors are the liaisons between WES and its partners. They promote the recognition of international academic credentials via webinars, on-site meetings, and national, regional and state conferences.

Contact your area’s regional director if you have questions about best practices or any of our tools or resources.

Meet The Team

Lorinda Grogg

Director | U.S. Institutional Relations

Prior to joining WES in 2002, Lorinda’s career in education included classroom instruction, admissions (Ball State University) and recruitment/assessment/placement/outcomes (ACT). Today she provides leadership for the Institutional Relations team, which includes regional directors and Academic Services in our work with recipients of WES evaluations and services, and coordinating with and supporting other divisions at WES. What she enjoys most, however, are the personal relationships she has developed over time with campus-based colleagues, and the opportunity to advise and assist them.

Michael Hearne

Regional Director | U.S. Institutional Relations

Michael Hearne serves as the main point of contact for all of the partner schools and organizations in the states within his region. He keeps in constant communication with schools to answer questions about specific evaluations or WES services, attends conferences, hosts webinars, makes virtual and in-person visits to partner schools and keeps updated on both WES policy and any relevant trends and changes in the field of international education. Before coming to WES, Mike spent five years in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Hofstra University, and he holds a master’s degree from The School of Health Professions and Human Services at Hofstra University.

Indira Marte

Regional Director | U.S. Institutional Relations

Indira Marte serves as the main point of contact for academic institutions and organizations in the Northeast region of the United States. Indira has served in various roles with WES since 2005 and currently focuses on client outreach and management, as well as the promotion of WES resources to partner institutions. Indira holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature and language from the State University of New York at Albany.

Desiree Ansari and Pietra Andrade

Academic Services | U.S. Institutional Relations

Desiree is the main point of contact for the institutional support line, communicating with various partner schools and organizations. She answers questions about WES services and specific evaluations, manages AccessWES® and the organization’s participation in industry conferences, and assists regional directors with marketing activities. Desiree joined WES as a customer service representative in 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The City College of New York.

Pietra serves as the main point of contact for several partner schools and keeps in constant communication with institutions and applicants to answer questions about specific evaluations and WES services. Pietra joined WES 15 years ago and has a rich experience there, having worked in the different departments of the organization. She holds an associate’s degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College and a bachelor’s degree from The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College.

Kevin Kamal

Associate Director | Institutional Client Relations | Canada

Kevin has managed WES’ institutional client development and relations for the past 17 years. He works closely with all stakeholders in the international academic credential assessment and recognition community in Canada.

Prior to joining WES, Kevin had worked in both private and public sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degrees in social sciences and international relations from universities in the United States.

Karolin Givergis and Ruth Demeke

Karolin Givergis | Institutions and Licensing Boards | Canada

Karolin is the main contact for institutional support. She communicates with various partners such as educational institutions, licensing bodies, and employersand answers questions about WES services and evaluations. Karolin provides marketing support for the Manager of Academic Services and Senior Manager of Client Relations. She has been with WES Canada since its inception in 2000 and enjoys helping newcomers in their settlement journey. Karolin speaks six languages and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Concordia University in Montréal.

Ruth Demeke | CIC/ IRCC, Immigration Lawyers and Consultants | Canada

Ruth serves as the primary contact for Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), immigration consultants and lawyers. She handles communications from IRCC Operation Staff – answering questions about WES services from members of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants and Lawyers. She is the liaison to community agencies serving immigrants. Ruth joined WES as a customer service representative in 2011. She completed the Communication and Public Relations Certificate program at the University of Toronto.