About WINS

Women in Intelligence and National Security (WINS) is a diverse student-led organization that seeks to enhance the merit of its female and male members in the intelligence field and affiliated professions, by empowering them with the necessary tools to realize their future personal and professional ambitions.

The purpose of WINS is:

  • To educate men and women about the importance of inclusion and diversity in the US Intelligence, National Security, Military and Law Enforcement Communities through constructive dialogue;
  • To empower its members by providing them with the necessary tools to develop leadership, team-building, and personal/professional networking skills;
  • To enhance the confidence of its members by promoting the ideals of support and solidarity;
  • To facilitate connections between future intelligence professionals and current members of the US Intelligence, National Security, Military and Law Enforcement Communities who support the principles of this organization.

2019-2020  WINS CABINET

McCORMICK RileyPresident: Riley McCormick
Louisville, KY
Major Degree: 
Intelligence & National Security Studies
Minor Degree(s):
Computer Science
Reason for Joining WINS:
“This organization has been a part of my life since the first semester of my freshman year at CCU. It has guided me through the Intel program and helped me feel more confident in the classroom.”


PRESNELL KaitlinVice President: Kaitlin Presnell
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Minor Degree(s): Religious Studies; Islamic Studies
Reason for Joining WINS: “WINS has helped me find a support system through the friends I have made here, and it has pushed me to be the very best version of myself. I have been able to make helpful connections that have aided in my success and made me feel more confident overall.”

WINS Comms -Kayla HallVice President of Communications: Kayla Hall
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Minor Degree(s): Political Science and History
Reason for Joining WINS: “This organization has provided support for minority groups that normally are not necessarily associated with the typical idea of an intelligence agent/analyst. As a female and a person of color, being able to make a change and increase diversity in this field, while also making new friends, means a lot to me.”

WINS Finance-Alana TellierVice President of Finance: Alana Tellier
Hometown: Barkhamsted, CT
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Minor Degree(s): Computer Science
Reason for Joining WINS: “After attending the Intelligence and National Security Conference hosted by WINS, I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of this group. Since joining, WINS has provided me with connections and networking opportunities, while allowing me to be surrounded by like-minded people.”

WINS Recruitment-Morgan-Mckay Hoppman

Recruitment Officer: Morgan-McKay Hoppmann
Hometown: Dalzell, SC
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Minor Degree(s): Creative Writing
Reason for Joining WINS: “WINS has given me an opportunity to connect with other like-minded students through its commitment to developing professional skills and providing a support network for students in the INSS major.”

LaMesha CRAFTFaculty Mentor: Dr. LaMesha Craft
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Dr. Craft holds a doctorate in public policy and administration with a concentration in homeland security policy and coordination. She joined the CCU staff in 2018. Before full-time teaching, she served 20 years of active duty in the U.S. Army as an All-Source Intelligence Warrant Officer. She has provided strategic and operational intelligence analysis of nation-state and non-state threats to U.S. interests, policy, data, and networks in/around Asia, Europe, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia. She has also worked overseas in Kosovo, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq. While in the military she developed training and doctrine on how to conduct all-source intelligence analysis in the cyber domain. Dr. Craft has presented research in conferences and webinars on the threats of agro-terrorism and the potential for anomie; setting the conditions for community development and competence during crises; and emerging threats during post-normal times. She is also the co-author of a book focused on innovative methods and applications for creating comprehensive environmental education programs that support sustainability practices.

fitsanakis josephFaculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis
Hometown: Rethymno, Crete
Dr. Fitsanakis has taught and written extensively on intelligence policy and practice, intelligence collection, information security, communications interception, cyber- espionage, and transnational criminal networks. Prior to joining CCU in 2015, he built the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King University, where he also directed the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. Since coming to Coastal, he has received the University-wide Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, the Edward College John B. Durrell Award, and the Department of Politics Professor of the Year Award. Dr. Fitsanakis is also deputy director of the European Intelligence Academy and senior editor at intelNews.org, an ACI-indexed scholarly blog that is cataloged through the United States Library of Congress..