JFA’s President, CEO and founder, Julie Foster, has over twenty years in the energy and construction fields. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Idaho State University in her hometown of Pocatello, Idaho. She is a recognized team leader and business manager both in the government and private sectors of the energy industry.
Ms. Foster has managed nuclear facility upgrade projects, including the reactivation of a pressurized water loop in the Advanced Test Reactor; nuclear research and irradiation projects, with both university and international collaborators; engineering projects; and construction projects. All projects managed included environmental, safety, quality, and nuclear safety components. She currently consults for commercial nuclear customers providing project management for fuel development, irradiations, post-irradiation examinations, and seismic analysis.
Gerry McCormick joined the JFA team in 2017 to assist with business and proposal development, and as a direct consultant to our DOE clients. He brings over 33 years of managing engineering and technical divisions/projects in both, NRC and DOE regulated environments. Over his career, he has been in senior management roles at BWXT Lynchburg, Hanford, Rocky Flats, and most recently at the Idaho National Lab where he ended his 17 year tenure there as division director with the restart of the Transient Test Reactor. He brings along a strong reputation of maintaining very high integrity and ethical standards, while actively leading highly effective teams within friendly, trusting environments.
George Marts joined the JFA team in 2015 as a consultant and subject matter expert. He brings 35 years’ experience in nuclear operations, instrumentation and controls. George worked as an operator for the ATR reactor console and experiment loops and has extensive experience with troubleshooting hardware and software for various types of controls. He participated in providing information for research on various operating systems, including those at Brookhaven National Laboratory. George provided engineering services for the Expert Elicitation for Bayesian Belief Networking model and evaluating software development and V&V attributes of the Loop Operating and Control System of the Advanced Test Reactor. His knowledge is unsurpassed on control systems for nuclear reactors. He is experienced in leading teams and providing training, engineering and technical support on various components of hardware and software systems. George has managed distributed control systems that process over 5000 points with 25 computers.
Barry O’Brien joined JFA’s team as a senior consulting engineer in 2018 and brings extensive experience as a registered Professional Engineer in Chemical Engineering. He has worked on a variety of technical projects and spent many years at the Idaho National Laboratory. Barry has 33 years’ experience in chemical process engineering including design, development, startup, pilot plant operations and plant operations support for a wide variety of chemical processes. His expertise includes fluidization engineering, evaporation/distillation, aqueous nitric acid/metal nitrate waste processing, coal and biomass conversion to synthetic gas and liquid fuels, process modeling, process instrumentation/industrial control system, hazardous waste handling and disposal and air emissions permitting. Barry has nine years’ experience in cyber security support and training, specializing in cyber security for industrial control systems, chemical facilities and nuclear facilities.
Thomas Clements joined JFA’s team in 2018 as a consultant and subject matter expert with over 30 years’ experience in transuranic waste and INL site conditions. Tom has significant historical knowledge of ARP and SRP activities. He has worked key roles in the TRU program throughout his career and has a thorough understanding of the ES&H requirements, conditions and impacts. Tom has designed, managed and completed major waste cleanup projects within the DOE complex. He understands the current landscape and mission of the U.S. DOE Environmental Management program and has demonstrated experience providing solutions that cater to the needs of that mission. His experience includes management, planning and execution of programmatic activities leading to the approval of multiple RH and CH waste streams for disposal at WIPP generated from exhumation of buried waste at the ARP, processing stored legacy waste at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility and treatment and repackaging of legacy RH waste at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center hot cells.
Karen Ginther joined the JFA team in 2017 and is our General Manager. Karen brings over 25 years’ professional experience managing administrative and quality control functions in large commercial industries and in DOE and NRC regulated environments. Karen is a six-sigma green belt with a strong ISO 9001 and ISO14001 background. She has built a strong reputation of maintaining very high integrity and ethical standards while serving as primary point of contact and liaison between management, inter-company departments, personnel, clients and vendors throughout her career.
Karen and her husband Rick are active in supporting their local community, such as the Idaho Falls Arts Council, Hospice of Idaho Falls, Humane Societies, and the Extreme Blue Thunder Air show.
Lori Priest joined the JFA team in December 2018 as the Public and Community Relations and Marketing Manager. Lori has over 25 years’ experience serving as an administrator, event planner and public outreach program coordinator for DOE-EM, DOE-NE and private industry. Lori was the office manager for Battelle Energy Alliance’s proposal development team in which BEA was awarded the $538M contract in 2005 to manage and operate the Idaho National Laboratory. She was INL’s Community Outreach Program Manager for over 14 years. In this position, Lori worked closely with community leaders, elected officials, university staff and numerous area nonprofit agencies. Lori enjoys meeting people, taking on new challenges and working hard to ensure that expectations are met and exceeded whenever possible.
Lori and her husband, Mike, are natives of Idaho Falls. They are the proud parents of two daughters, two sons and four adorable granddaughters. Lori is a board member of Idaho Falls Arts Council, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center and the Ronald McDonald Family Room Advisory Committee. Lori supports her community and many area nonprofit agencies which serve to help people and animals in need.