2014 - Present -- Owner/Principal Designer - TechDezyne.com - Specializing in user research, product design, web design, UX design, project management, usability, accessibility
2016 - Present -- Yoga Instructor - Somerville YMCA
Teaching classic Hatha Yoga classes with Yoga Alliance 200 hour certification from Sivananda Yoga International.
2007 - 2013 Sr. Interaction Designer,
Revit Architecture, Autodesk, Inc. - Performed user research, data analysis for desktop and mobile applications. Conducted all levels of prototyping and usability research within an agile scrum environment.
2005-2007 Work Practice Designer/Team Lead, InContext Enterprises, Inc. - Led hybrid user-centered design teams and performed all aspects of contextual design including ethnographic interviews, data analysis, affinity, sequence, and flow consolidation and diagramming, visioning, storyboarding, user environment documentation, paper prototype designs and tests, wire-frame mockups.
1997-2005 Usability/accessibility, Educational Technology Consultant, Team Lead Communications Coordinator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology -
Specialized in development, support, usability/accessibility, and promotion of technologies to support teaching and learning including Stellar , MIT's learning management system, Open CourseWare (OCW) and grant funded research projects such as ArchNet ; founding member of MIT's Usability Team; initiated and led project to draft MIT's web accessibility policy and guidelines, and conducted training on web accessibility; managed team of educational technology consultants; designer and editor of Ed Tech Times newsletter and Athena Insider
-1995-1997 Technical Support Engineer, Progress Software, Inc. - Helped customers use Progress Software's database products; performed first and second line support specializing in the Unix platform. Proactively moved the technical support internal documentation to the Web.
2007 - B.S. Technical Communications, Northeastern University
2000-2002 - Human Factors in Information Design certificate program, Bentley University (All coursework but capstone)
1982-1987 (attended) - BFA Illustration Program, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Society for Technical Communications (STC) Award of Distinction, 2005-2006 Online Communication Competition for MIT's Teaching with Technology web site.
ACM SIGUCCS Honorable Mention in the Electronic Newsletter category for the EdTech Times newsletter (2005)
ACM SIGUCCS Publications Competition- Overall Winner - Quick Reference Guides for Educational Technology Resources at MIT - A Quick Guide(2002)
Progress Software, Inc. - Peer recognition Award for creating web intranet for internal documentation (1996)
papers and presentations
Foster,J., Wilson, C. User Data is Like Gold...So why do we throw it away? UPA Idea Market, UPA Conference, Baltimore, MD, (2008, June)
Foster, J. (2005, July). Agile User-Centered Web Engineering: The Holy Grail of Web Development. HOT Topics Newsletter. (Publication of the Human Oriented Technology Lab, Carleton University).
Foster, J. UPA Idea Market Leader - Usability on Campus, UPA Conference, Montreal, CA, (2004, July)
Foster, J., & Cahill, K. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). (2001, January). Incorporating Universal Design into Usability Efforts at MIT. Syllabus Conference. Boston, MA
2017 - Present Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band member
2017 - Present HONK! Festival Organizing Committee Volunteer Coordinator
2016 - 2017 School of HONK -- Mentor
2014 - 2015 Follen Community Church UU - Chair Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) - Led team and led project to divest church endowment from fossil fuels.
2013 - 2014 Media Coordinator 350Mass.org
- Wrote press releases, contacted media, produced social media memes and feeds, led team of volunteer media producers
2012 - 2014 - Follen Community Church UU - Chair Social Justice Action Team (SJAT) - Led team and built and maintained SJAT's initial Wordpress web pages
1997 - 2014 - Follen Community Church UU, Lexington MA - Member of Communications Committee, Technology Team, Religious Education Committee, Community and Social Events Action Team - Helped in planning move of Follen.org website to Wordpress, website user research, and general communications policies and procedures.
1996 - 2000 - Harrington School, Lexington, MA - Initial website creation and maintenance, Harrington Herald newsletter editor
1993 - 1997 - First Parish Church UU, Lexington, MA - Office Technology Committee