Our Team

Julie Foster

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

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

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

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.

Derek Foster

Derek Foster joined the JFA team in November 2018 as a Project Coordinator. He brings experience from the construction industry with 4 years as a laborer and operator. Derek attended Boise State University from 2014-2017, seeking a degree in Construction Management. Derek brings great communication skills, leadership, attention to detail with clients and contracts, innovative thinking and a great work ethic. He is excited to join the JFA team and looks forward to making friendships and working hard to get the job done.

Derek enjoys spending his time with family and friends. He also enjoys the outdoors riding his snowboard, hunting, fishing and dirt biking. He also likes to be involved in the community and volunteers wherever he can.

Mie Hiruta

Mie Hiruta joined the JFA team in 2018 as an Office Administrator. In 2006, she and her family moved from Yokohama, Japan to Idaho Falls. Mie worked for NHK Spring Co. from 1999 to 2006 as a Research and Development Engineer. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Kogakuin University, Tokyo in 1997 and her Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Idaho in 2013. She earned a certificate of Nuclear Quality Assurance Overview in December 2018. Mie has a strong reputation of maintaining very high integrity and ethical standards.

Mie and her husband, Hikaru, live in Idaho Falls with their two lovely daughters and a cat. Mie enjoys being active and has participated in several marathon and triathlon races.

Kari Nadauld

Kari Nadauld joined JFA’s team in 2019 as the Bookkeeper and Payroll, AR/AP Administrator.  Kari brings over 22 years experience providing bookkeeping, time reporting, AR/AP and administrative skills to several commercial and private businesses across the country.  She is proficient in QuickBooks and has established an accounting system to reflect accurate financial records for her previous employer.  Kari is efficient, highly organized and detail-oriented.  She loves a challenge and resolves issues in a timely manner using structured business practices, ensuring employee and customer satisfaction.

Kari and her husband, Kent, are natives of Idaho Falls.  They are the proud parents of 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  They share their home with two cats and a little Shih Tzu pooch named Ginger.  Kari is a master gardener and enjoys tending to her flowers and vegetable garden.  She loves animals, nature and spending time with family and friends.  During the summer months, she can often be found rowing her fly-fishing husband downstream as he catches dinner.  She can row a drift boat on Idaho’s rivers and streams with the best of them.