Our Officers

 

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The CIB analytical desks are led by a Executive Team of officers, who, in addition to their analytical tasks, are in charge of steering the organization. Current and former CIB officers are listed below.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ana Maria  Lankford
is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies, while also minoring in Criminology and Spanish. Before assuming the role of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief’s Executive Director, she headed the organization’s Asia Desk. Ana Maria also serves on the executive board for the National Security Club (NSC) and the Women in Intelligence and National Security (WINS) at Coastal Carolina University. Her research on the topic of intelligence and the COVID-19 pandemic, has been published in the journal Frontiers in Communication.


SHERWOOD Sophie

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Sophie Sherwood
is from Clarksville, Virginia. She is currently majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies and triple-minoring in Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Art History. Sophie heads the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief’s Special Topics desk and has most recently focused her scholarly research on the growth of the global renewable energy sector. She is also a founding member of Coastal Carolina University Edward College’s First-Generation College Student Advisory Council, and is currently a second-year Residential Adviser.


CLEGG HannahCOUNTERINTELLIGENCE OFFICER
Hannah Clegg is from Los Alamos, New Mexico. She came to Coastal Carolina University to major in Intelligence and Security Studies, with minors and research experience in both Russia and the Middle East. In addition to heading the CIB’s Russia Desk, Hannah serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Weekly Intelligence Brief and is an executive member of Women in Intelligence and National Security (WINS). In 2021, she was awarded an internship with the Department of State’s Management Office with the United States Embassy in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.


DANZEK PiperFINANCE OFFICER
Piper Danzek is a junior at Coastal Carolina University and is pursuing a degree in Intelligence and Security Studies, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Piper has focused the majority of her studies on the bilateral relations between the United States and Israel. Within the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, she heads the Europe Desk and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Outside of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, she is the President of Women in Intelligence and National Security (WINS), as well as a Peer Leader for the Edwards College at Coastal Carolina University.


CRUMPTON HannahSPECIAL INITIATIVES OFFICER
Hannah Crumpton is from Greenville, South Carolina. She is majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies and double-minoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. She leads the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief’s Latin American desk, and specializes in relations between Latin America and Africa, particularly concerning illicit narcotics trafficking. She previously headed the CIB’s Africa desk where she specialized on the stability of the Sudanese government. During her first year at CCU, as a member of the CIB’s Special Topics Desk, she focused on COVID-19 and its effects on food security, and published her research in the European Intelligence Academy’s Intelligence Review. Hannah is also a member of the Coastal Law Enforcement Analysis Research group (CLEAR), where she serves as Chief of the Exercise Training Analysis Team.


VIATOR Jake

RECORDS OFFICER
Jake Viator is from Gainesville, Virginia. He is majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies and minoring in Geographic Information Systems at Coastal Carolina University. At the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, Jake heads the North America Desk, and has previously served as External Relations Officer, while also heading the organization’s Middle East Desk. He has focused his research on the evolution and current status of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a primarily Shiite paramilitary force in Iraq. Jake was also featured on the fourth episode of the CIB COVID-19 Intelligence Project.


ATAALLA SandraRECRUITMENT OFFICER
Sandra Ataalla is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies and double-minoring in Cybersecurity and Geographical Information Systems. In addition to her executive position at the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, Sandra has been a longtime member of the organization’s Middle East desk, where she has focused on water politics and political stability in Egypt. She was also featured on the fourth episode of the CIB’s COVID-19 Intelligence Project, where she discussed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on political stability in Egypt.


Photo Not AvailableEXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER
Lukas Delaney is a Junior from St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He is majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies, while double-minoring in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies. Prior to his executive position, Lukas has served as a member of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief’s Europe Desk, where he focused on issues surrounding political extremism in Germany and assessed the political stability of Bulgaria. Lukas also serves as the Visual Editor for the CIB’s Weekly Intelligence Brief.


GOTT JaredLOGISTICS OFFICER
Jared Gott is from Maryland. He is a second-semester junior Intelligence and Security Studies major. At the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, he heads the Africa Desk. Jared specializes in French military operations on the continent of Africa, focusing on the Sahel region, with particular focus on Mali and Niger. Jared is also the Vice-President of the Women In Intelligence and National Security (WINS) organization at Coastal Carolina University.


FITSANAKIS Joseph

FACULTY MENTOR
Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis is Professor of Security and Intelligence Studies at Coastal Carolina University, where he teaches courses in intelligence communications, intelligence operations, human intelligence, national security, and other subjects. He specializes in communications interception, human and cyber intelligence collection, and intelligence tradecraft, among other topics. Prior to his current role, he was Director of the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King University.


OUR PAST OFFICERS


HAUF Jackson

Executive Director (2020-2021)
Jackson Hauf is a junior from Maryland. At Coastal Carolina University he double-majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies, as well as in Language and Intercultural Studies. His academic focus was the German and Russian languages. In the CIB he headed the organization’s Special Topics and Russia Desks. Jackson’s analytical research concerned the bilateral relations between Russia and the United States.

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STORZIERI Rick 2

Chief Operations Officer and other positions (2018-2021)
Derrick Storzieri is from Bluffton, South Carolina. He was a senior Intelligence and National Security Studies major and an Islamic Studies minor. At the CIB he headed the North America Desk. Derrick specialized in relations between the United States and Mexico, with reference to illicit narcotics trafficking, immigration, and other issues of bilateral concern to the two countries. He was featured on the 5th episode of the CIB Intelligence Report.

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HANCOCK Cole

Communications Officer (2020-2021)
Cole Hancock is from Delran, New Jersey. He majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies, and minored in Criminology. He was a member of the South America desk for three years, specializing in paramilitary and rebel groups that operate in the region, with a focus on the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Colombia. He also examined how rebel groups in South America affect relations between Latin American countries. Cole was also a member of the Coastal Law Enforcement Analysis Research Group (CLEAR).


MOLANO Fabio 2

Executive Director (2018-2020)
Fabio Molano
is from Lexington, South Carolina. He majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies and double-minored in Psychology and History. At the CIB he specialized in American-Chinese relations and lead the organization’s Asia Desk. Fabio was also a member of the National Security Club, Chinese Club and the Coastal Law Enforcement Analysis Research group (CLEAR). He served as CIB director from 2018 to 2020.

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CLARK Alex 2

Chief Operations Officer and other positions (2018-2020)
Alex Clark is from Long Island, New York. He studied Intelligence and National Security. In addition to serving as CIB Chief Operations Officer, he headed the organization’s Russia Desk. Alex specialized in the Russian Armed Forces and conducted extensive research on the state and future prospects of the Russian Armed Forces posture and strategy. His work was published in the European Intelligence Academy’s Intelligence Review journal in the spring of 2019.

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PRESNELL Kaitlin

Finance Officer (2019-2020)
Kaitlin Presnell is from Johnson City, Tennessee. She majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies and double-minored in Religious Studies and Islamic Studies. She lead the organization’s Africa Desk. She was also a member of the CIB’s Middle East Desk, where she focused her research on the civil war in Yemen. Kaitlin also served as Vice President of Women in Intelligence and National Security and President of Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Club.

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GOMPPER Mike 2

Communications Officer and other positions (2018-2020)
Michael Gompper is from Beaufort, South Carolina. He majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies and minored in History and Criminology at Coastal Carolina University. He was a member of the CIB since his freshman semester in the fall of 2016, and eventually headed the organization’s Europe Desk. He conducted extensive research on relations between Britain, Ireland and the European Union, with particular reference to the ongoing Brexit process.

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CAIN Joseph 2

Records Officer and other positions (2018-2020)
Joseph Cain , from Springfield, KY, majored in Intelligence and National Security studies and minored in Pre-law and Spanish. He specialized in US-Cuba relations. In addition to his executive duties at the CIB, Joseph headed the organization’s Latin America Desk. He was also a member of the Chanticleer Law Enforcement Analysis Report (CLEAR) and the National Security Club.

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Counterintelligence Officer and other positions (2017-2020)
Shannon Brophy is from Anderson, South Carolina. She majored in Language and Intercultural Studies. Shannon was been a member of the CIB since her freshman semester in the fall of 2016, and headed the organization’s Middle East Desk. In fall 2018, Shannon was awarded an internship with the United States Department of State’s Regional Security Office at the US Embassy in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

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MORINI Marissa

Projects Officer (2019)
Marissa Morini is from Lexington, South Carolina. She majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies at Coastal Carolina University. In addition to her role as the CIB’s Projects Officer, she headed the organization’s Middle East Desk, of which she was a member for several semesters. In her research, Marissa focused on the Syrian Kurds and their ongoing campaign for autonomy and/or independence.

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SCHOLAR Madison

Honorary Executive Officer and other positions (2018-2019)
Madison Scholar is from Marietta, Georgia. She majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies. Until December 2018, she headed the CIB’s North America Desk, having conducted extensive research on the drug trade in Mexico. In the spring 2019 semester she worked as a Research Fellow for the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, where she conducted research on the security effects of marijuana legalization.

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KILGORE Connor

Executive Director and other positions (2016-2018)
CONNOR KILGORE, from Leesport, PA, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies and minored in Global Studies. He headed the CIB’s Asia Desk with a focus on energy, was a Solar Ambassador and a member of WINS and the National Security Club.

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Chief Operations Officer and other positions (2016-2018)
KATELYN MONTRIEF, from Fredericksburg, VA, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies with a double minor in History and Criminology. At CIB she focused on the Middle East and was a member of WINS and the National Security Club.

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NOWLIN Madison

Chief Financial Officer and other positions (2016-2018)
MADISON NOWLIN is from Concord, NC. At the CIB she specialized in Islamist radicalism in Russia and headed the Russia Desk. Madison was also Chairwoman of the National Security Club.

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Communications Officer (2017-2018)
ALLISON REILLY, from Columbia, SC, majored in Intelligence and National Security and Political Science. She headed the CIB’s Africa Desk and served as Vice President of WINS and as Chairwoman of the Finance Committee for the CCU SGA.

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Records Officer (2017-2018)
ERIC WINTER, from Greenville, SC, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies and Information Systems at Coastal Carolina University. He focused on cyber security and has also carried out research on Southeast Asia.

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Quality Assurance Officer (2017-2018)
BELLE GRIGGS, from Wallace, SC, double-majored in Intelligence and National Security and Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. She headed the CIB’s Americas desk where she focused on Colombia.

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Records Officer (2017-2018)
KAYLA “ACE” CHAMBERS, from Chapin, SC, majored in Psychology. She headed the CIB’s Europe Desk, where she focused on Western Europe and the Baltic region. She has also authored and published research on French politics.

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MALLON Casey

Executive Director (2017-2018)
CASEY MALLON, from Myrtle Beach, SC, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies (with a Middle East focus) and Politics, and minored in Statistics, Religious Studies, and Geographical Information Systems. At CIB she focused on Southeast Asia.

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GUTBERLET Blake

Executive Director (2016-2017)
BLAKE GUTBERLET, from Hickory, NC, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies and minored in Psychology. He focused on interrogation techniques, military weapons capabilities, and counterinsurgency with an emphasis on Boko Haram.

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LEE Jeremy

Chief Operations Officer (2016-2017)
JEREMY LEE, from Geneva, IL, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies at CCU. He headed the CIB’s Eastern/Southern Europe Desk, where he specialized in the European Union with an emphasis on European security issues.

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JAMES Victoria

Communications Officer (2016-2017)
VICTORIA JAMES, from Biloxi, MS, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies. She headed the CIB’s Middle East Section, where she focused on WMD and CBRN proliferation. She also served as President of Women in Intelligence and National Security.

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JONES Michael

Quality Assurance Officer (2016-2017)
MICHAEL JONES, from North Charleston, SC, majored in History and minored in Intelligence and Security Studies and Military Science. He headed the CIB’s Asia/Eurasia Section, where he studied Central Asia and international terrorism.

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EVANS Diana

Communications Officer (2015-2016)
DIANA EVANS, from Cape Cod, MA, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies and minored in Geographic Information Systems. Her interests include terrorism, espionage, geospatial intelligence and domestic terrorism.

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HAAG Ryan

Quality Assurance Officer (2016-2017)
RYAN HAAG, from Frederick, MD, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. His interests include human intelligence, geospatial intelligence, and psychological operations.

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MGRDECHIAN Joshua

Chief Financial Officer (2015-2016)
JOSHUA MGRDECHIAN, from Myrtle Beach, SC, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies at Coastal Carolina University. His interests lie in law enforcement, surveillance and security practices. He specializes in border security.

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BARRATT Grant

Chief Recruitment Officer (2015-2016)
GRANT BARRATT is a senior from Monroe, CT, majored in Intelligence and National Security Studies at Coastal Carolina University. In the CIB he specialized in terrorism, counter-terrorism, and law-enforcement intelligence.

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