The Lint Center’s leadership is comprised of individuals with a broad array of expertise in business, nonprofit administration, and Federal government. Many members of the executive team are current and former members of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The Lint Center is indebted to those that continue to serve America, to those that continue to volunteer, and to those who dedicate their time to further the mission of the Center.

Please Note: At the request of many members of the Lint Center’s executive team and out of respect for the sensitive nature of those who are employed in the intelligence field, below is brief sampling of core volunteers. This is neither a complete nor a wholly representative picture of the Lint Center’s core team.


President and CEO

Mr. James R. Lint served in the United States military for over 20 years, in both the U.S. Marine Corps (7 years) and U.S. Army (14 years). He spent four years as a Marine Counterintelligence specialist and nearly 15 years as an Army Counterintelligence Special Agent. Lint has expertise in counterintelligence, cyber security and information assurance, terrorism and counterterrorism, human intelligence collection and prevention, as well as low-intensity asymmetric warfare. Awarded Intelligence Community Joint Duty Assignment Credit.

Lint attained the rating of Senior Instructor at the U.S. Army’s Intelligence Center and School, Fort Huachuca, Az where he trained enlisted personnel, allied officers, and U.S. officers in the art of military intelligence and counterintelligence. During his tenure, he won the Department of Human Intelligence Instructor of the Month competition for his contributions.

Throughout his military career, Lint spent considerable time in overseas theaters including postings to Cuba, Europe & the Mediterranean, as well as numerous tours in Korea. Additionally, he spent several years as a government contractor, supporting the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command for Systems Test and Evaluation at Fort Belvoir, Va. Shortly thereafter, as part of a Civil Service assignment, he spent nearly 5 years as the Deputy Director for Intelligence & Security with the 1st Signal Brigade in Yongsan, Seoul, Korea.

More recently, Lint spent 2 years in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and he served for almost 2 years, as Deputy Director for Safeguards & Security, Office of Science, for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). While at the DOE, Lint ushered through Congress two budgets and oversaw 10 national laboratories security operations with an annual Safeguards and Security budget of $81 million.

James Lint’s personal decorations and accommodations include: the DOE Superior Performance Award, the DHS Performance award, the Joint Meritorious Achievement Award, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Korea Defense Medal and 5 Meritorious Service Medal’s.

Mr. Lint has an M.B.A. with a concentration in Information Technology Management, from Touro University International, and has written extensively on counterintelligence, military intelligence, and Korea. Additional information


Vice President

Mr. Timothy W. Coleman was one of the first scholarship recipients from the Lint Center for National Security Studies, having been awarded the Aehee Kim Alliance Building Award in 2008. Shortly after his scholarship and an extremely successful Lint Center mentorship, Tim decided it was time to “give back” by volunteering with the Center. Presently, Tim manages day-to-day operations and he provides strategic counsel to the Lint Center’s Board of Directors.

Tim is a Washington, DC-based defense contractor and he serves as the Executive Editor of Homeland Security Today Magazine.

Tim started off on Capitol Hill, worked on a successful U.S. Senate campaign and subsequently joined a full-service, technology marketing communications firm. He was an intelligence analyst for a DC-based service providing global intelligence and forecasting from former CIA, U.S. intelligence and national security officers. Additionally, he co-founded two security-focused technology startup firms, one of which was selected as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Companies,” and his firm was nominated for the “Cool Vendor of the Year” Award by Gartner Research.

Tim completed his B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. in Finance from the Andreas School of Business at Barry University, a Graduate Studies Program Certificate from Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley, and a Master’s of Public and International Affairs with a major in Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Tim was also a Research Associate at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies where his researched focused on technology adoption strategies by violent non-state actors and terrorist groups.

Tim has also been fortunate enough to be recognized for his volunteer work with the Lint Center having received two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.

Tim’s writing have appeared in The Washington Times, Forbes, The Washington Post and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence’s Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, and other notable publications. Additional information


Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Ryan R. Sofranko has nine years of active duty service in the United States Air Force where he currently serves in the Airfield Management career field. He has held assignments in Mississippi, Virginia, Korea, and Hawaii and has deployed to the Middle East. Currently, Ryan is assigned to Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces where he coordinates the joint use of international airspace with host nation partners. Recognizing his exceptional performance, U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson, the former Pacific Air Forces commander, presented Ryan with a unique promotion through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program in January 2017. His personal decorations and accommodations include two Air Force Commendation Medals, three Air Force Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal.

Ryan completed his B.S. in Information Systems Security, Cum Laude, from American Military University and will graduate with an M.S. in Data Analytics from Southern New Hampshire University in January 2017. While at Southern New Hampshire University, Ryan was awarded the university’s Veteran Scholarship in recognition for his academic achievement in his graduate program.

Ryan has also been fortunate enough to be recognized for his work with the Lint Center having received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.


Co-Founder and Director

Dr. Anna Hyonjoo Lint, Ph.D. Educational Leadership, has spent more than 30 years in both the private and public sector, including senior level positions in financial services and real estate development firms, as well as academia, in both the United States and South Korea. Currently Dr. Lint teaches graduate level students at Trident University.

A native of Korea and a naturalized U.S. citizen, Dr. Lint received her first Master’s degree in Industrial Design, with a concentration in Interior Design from Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. Dr. Lint completed her second Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Oklahoma City University, achieving the distinction of graduating with honors. Dr. Lint acquired the doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Trident University.

Dr. Lint served as a professor in the English Language Department at the Jangan College and Samsung Corporate Instruction Center in South Korea. Prior to entering academia, she was Managing Director of a major land development company, where she oversaw and directed more than 500 residential units in both Seoul and Inchon. While working in the private sector, she was also responsible for managing more than 200 foreign language instructors at The ACE Global Education Center for Foreign Languages, as part of a corporate feeder partnership and strategic management program, for Samsung Co., LG, Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea, and Daewoo Motors.

In addition, Dr. Lint spent 3 years as a professional translator in Seoul, Korea. During her time, she was tasked with a myriad of duties including her primary responsibility of translating critical business and trade documents for New Zealand-based companies investigating Foreign Direct Investment opportunities in Korea’s commodities and emerging business markets. While in Korea, Dr. Lint became a successful small business entrepreneur, securing a handsome profit on a brick and mortar bookstore venture she built from the ground up.

Dr. Lint has also been a constant community volunteer, dedicating her time and expertise to the Army Family Support Group of 1st Signal Brigade in Yongsan, Korea. Additionally while attending Graduate School in Oklahoma City, she taught English to those in need at the Vietnamese Refugee Center.

In recent years in the US, Dr. Lint spent several years as a Bank Officer for Chevy Chase Bank, CitiBank, Nara Bank, and Bank of America. Currently, Dr. Lint teaches PhD and Masters level courses at Trident University in the School of Educational Leadership. Additional information


Director and Scholarship Committee Member

Ms. Kay Lee Nicholas has been a successful businesswoman. Started and owned successful marketing company, retired Realtor, and campaign consultant. Ms. Nicholas was married to a Badge and Credentialed Counterintelligence Veteran who served in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, Germany, circa early-1950s. Later, her husband was a TV news anchorman and four term Nevada legislator. She was the Executive Director of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce for several years before starting her own marketing firm. She put to good use her organizational skills as a long-term volunteer with Special Olympics, having participated and organized programs in 3 states. Additionally, she was the head of a team that was successful in presenting and obtaining the bid to host the 1988 International Special Olympics Winter Games. Always active she was the coordinating director of numerous celebrity ski and tennis fundraising events. She has co-written and edited many newspaper and magazine articles, scripts and books. She continues to assist in editorial duties with the Lint Center. Additional information