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.

2018-2019   WINS CABINET

FEGETT NicolePresident: Nicole Fegett
Hometown: Murrells Inlet, SC
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Reason for Joining WINS: “WINS has given me more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. It has enhanced my public speaking skills, taught me how to network with members of the US Intelligence Community, and helped me build a support system with my fellow classmates.”

Vice President: Riley McCormick
Hometown: 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.”


Vice President of Communications: Jennifer Thorpe
Hometown: North Attleboro, MA
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Minor Degree(s): Sociology
Reason for Joining WINS: “This organization has allowed me to make lasting connections with people in the major and to help support people, learn what some issues people face and try to find solutions and adapt to the challenges that people might face.”


Vice President of Finance: Kaitlin Presnell
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Minor Degree(s): Religious Studies, Islamic Studies
Reason for Joining WINS: “This group helps to advocate for women in a field that has historically been dominated by men. WINS has helped me to find support through the friends I’ve made here and has pushed me to be the very best version of myself.”


Recruitment Officer: Carl Koches
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Major Degree: Intelligence & National Security Studies
Reason for Joining WINS: “WINS is important to me because it represents a group of people that see how things are and want a change. Diversity is important in this field because it gives the perspective that the majority misses.”

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. 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 research regarding 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..