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.
Karen Ginther joined the JFA team in 2017 as the Administrative Services 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.