Leadership

Dr. Karin E. Warner DNP, RN

A member of WIIS since her graduate studies at the University of Maryland in the late 1990’s - Dr. Karin Warner is a full professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
Dr. Warner served over 30 years in the United States Navy in numerous clinical and leadership positions in stations in the United States, Sardinia, Italy, and the Asian Western Pacific.

Her broad clinical experience includes work in cardiac step-down, neonatal intensive care and pediatric outpatient settings, emergency room, education and training. Leadership roles included Senior Nurse and Director of Wellness Programs, Primary Care and Head of Quality Management, Regional Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt for the Western Pacific Medical Alliance (U.S. Naval Hospitals Guam, Okinawa, and Yokosuka), Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Navy Medicine Enterprise, and Chief Operating Officer for a health clinic which operated 4 separate clinics in two states. She has extensive experience in emergency management and disaster preparedness. Dr. Warner served on Capitol Hill as a legislative fellow working on national and veteran’s health policy and is the past Navy Director of the Federal Nurses Association 2007-2011.

Dr. Warner earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Duke University (2014), a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College; with a concentration in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) (2015), a Master a Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2012), dual Master of Science Degrees in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Nursing Health Policy from the University of Maryland (1996) as well as her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Maryland (1990).
A Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), she is also a certified LSS Black Belt, LSS Green Belt instructor, and expert facilitator. She is a Board Member of the non-profit Pan Africa Children’s Advocacy Watch (PACAW, Inc.), and her active research is focused on how security affects population health in the Niger Delta.

Dr. Warner, along with Julia Santucci and Sandra Monteverde (co-PI’s) received a $50,000 SEED Grant from the University of Pittsburgh to support the establishment of the University of Pittsburgh Chapter of WIIS Global.

Julia Santucci

Julia M. Santucci is senior lecturer in intelligence studies and founding director of the Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She is also an affiliate scholar of the University’s Institute of Cyber Law, Policy, and Security and faculty advisor for a graduate student working group conducting research on human trafficking at the Ford Institute for Human Security.

Ms. Santucci has over a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions. She served as a senior advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues from 2015 to 2017, where she worked to advance gender equality as a core U.S. foreign policy priority. This included work to integrate women's issues into U.S. efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism globally. From 2012 to 2014, she served as director for Egypt at the National Security Council, providing advice to the President of the United States and the national security advisor on coordinating U.S. policy toward Egypt across the interagency. She worked for 10 years as a leadership analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she provided written assessments and oral briefings to the president, Cabinet members, and other senior officials to help inform their decision making around developments in the Middle East.  Ms. Santucci holds a Master of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona, and she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Student Leaders

Mission

WIIS- University of Pittsburgh seeks to increase women’s leadership in the many disciplines affecting and effected by international security by promoting research, scholarship, networking, and mentoring opportunities in the Western Pennsylvania region.

Vision

WIIS – University of Pittsburgh seeks to become the preeminent organization in the Western Pennsylvania region focused on increasing women’s participation and leadership in international peace and security.  The organization will boast a robust, diverse, and interdisciplinary membership that makes a meaningful contribution to scholarship in these fields, and will be a model for WIIS chapters globally.

Upcoming Events

Mia Bloom: October 22nd, 9-10:30am
University Club, Conference Room B, 123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

On October 22nd, the WIIS University of Pittsburgh chapter will cohost terrorism expert Dr. Mia Bloom. Dr. Bloom will discuss her research on women, children, and terrorism, as well as her work as a female academic, opportunities for mentorship, and advice for women beginning careers in international security.

Dr. Bloom is a Professor of Communications and Middle East Studies at Georgia State University. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, and speaks eight languages. Bloom has published numerous books on terrorism, including Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011), and most recently Small Arms: Children and Terror (2019). She is regularly featured as an expert contributor on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News for terrorism and national security issues. Dr. Bloom is a member of the UN terrorism research network (UNCTED) and the radicalization expert advisory board for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Fall Career Panel: October 29, 1:00-2:00
Location TBD

WIIS University of Pittsburgh will host an expert panel of women working in international peace and security. The panel is open to all disciplines and academic backgrounds. It is designed to expose students to diverse careers in the field and allow them to engage directly with our experts. The panel will include Ms. Tracy Rice (FBI), and WIIS University of Pittsburgh cofounders Professor Julia Santucci and Dr. Karin Warner.

Tracy Rice has been with the FBI since 2004 and is currently a Supervisory Intelligence Analyst (SIA) and the Intelligence Program Coordinator for the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office. Prior to her arrival in Pittsburgh in 2012, she served in a variety of intelligence functions, including Intelligence Analyst (IA) and SIA, in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate/WMD Operations Unit at FBI Headquarters. Prior to joining the FBI, she worked as a Senior Research Technician in the Molecular Diagnostics Department of the Biological Defense Research Directorate at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland where she designed tests for the detection and identification of biological warfare agents.

Julia M. Santucci is senior lecturer in intelligence studies and founding director of the Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Santucci has over a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions. She served as a senior advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues from 2015 to 2017, where she worked to advance gender equality as a core U.S. foreign policy priority. Prior to the State Department, Ms. Santucci served as director for Egypt at the National Security Council and worked for 10 years as a leadership analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Karin Warner is a full professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Warner served over 30 years in the United States Navy in numerous clinical and leadership positions on assignments in the United States, Sardinia, Italy, and the Asian Western Pacific.  Her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing are from the University of Maryland, where she also received a Master of Science in Nursing Health Policy, which was followed by a two year fellowship on Capital Hill.   Holding a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Duke University, Dr Warner is also a graduate of both the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. National War College, with Masters Degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies as well as National Security Strategy, with a concentration on Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Her current research is on the Implications of Security on Population Health in the Niger Delta region of Africa.  She has been a WIIS member since 1996.

Skills Training

WIIS University of Pittsburgh will host a series of skills-training workshops throughout the year, including a resume writing workshop and training session on overcoming barriers in the job application process. Details to follow.