The HPA Journal: Human Performance Heroes

James Fleming

James Fleming

James Fleming is currently the Section Manager for Capital/New Business –Consolidated Edison Incorporated.

In addition to a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Manhattan College, James has over twenty-one years of experience in Gas construction/distribution. Working his way up the organization chart, his impressive career began as a laborer, a job he held for eleven years. He has also been a supervisor, a field operations planner, and is currently a section manager, a position he has thrived in for the past two years.

James’ passion for Human Performance guides him as he leads his team, helping them perform their best and realize their full potential. He is currently a member of Gas Operations HPI Team which helps show the benefits of using the tools and techniques to improve their workers’ performance and minimize human performance errors. They have been accident and injury free for over 300 days and counting.

Howard Sheard

Howard Sheard

Howard Sheard is a professional with 36 years of experience in the field of electrical services. He currently works as an Area Manager in a Substation Operations at Consolidated Edison Company of New York (CECONY). He is a recognized safety leader throughout all of Central Operations. He is responsible for the custodial accountability of Manhattan substation facilities, while assuring these facilities are operating in compliance with applicable government and corporate regulations. Howard coaches management staff to effectively deal with administrative job responsibilities.

Christopher Genell

​Christopher Genell, CSP

Christopher Genell, CSP is the Corporate EHS Manager–Compliance for Asplundh Tree Expert, Co. in Willow Grove, PA. Chris’s team is responsible for sustainability programs and corporate safety, health and environmental policies, as well as the maintenance and integrity of the company’s safety data. Having worked in the construction, demolition, and nuclear industries over 27 years, he brings a wealth of experience in human performance, environmental, and health & safety management.

Bryan Johnny Patrick

​Bryan Johnny Patrick

I’m the proud husband to my wonderful wife Darlene; dad to five incredible children whose ages range from seven to 21. (Allison, Lauren, Tyson, Tanner, and Madilyn). I’m retired USAF, a former rodeo clown and power plant instructor and currently a safety supervisor/mentor. I have an incredible opportunity to use human performance every day in the course of doing my job. It’s hard to beat doing what you love. I wish you well in your endeavors in making the world a better place.

​James Newman

​James Newman

James Newman is the author of a blog and podcast called “Human Performance Tools for Practitioners” . The blog was created to answer questions posed by himself and readers. The podcast focuses on opening people to error prevention. They have been viewed by people in every U.S. State and in over 50 countries.

James is also a father with an ESFP personality, a former heavy-metal and punk band lead singer, former robot designer (for competitions), a professional mobile DJ, an INPO certified and award-winning trainer, a 22-year veteran in commercial nuclear power (recently transitioned to Utility Transmission and Distribution), and a mentor to other professionals .

Wes Havard

Wes Havard

Regional Manager, Operational Excellence & Human Performance - Luminant Power

Wes directs Human Error Reduction and Process Improvement strategies for Luminant's Northern region, which includes Martin Lake and Monticello Steam Electric Stations.

His experience includes senior leadership positions in Operations, Continuous Improvement, Quality Assurance, and Supply Chain Management.

Wes is currently working on his dissertation to attain a Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.

Rick Rackham

Rik Rackham

Safety Trainer / Safety Specialist at Bechtel Mining & Metal

Rick is a Human Performance Facilitator and Safety Supervisor for Bechtel Corporation. His experience designing and conducting site specific safety and certification courses include Human Performance, New Hire Orientation, OSHA 10 and 30 Cert Classes, Fall Protection, Ariel Work Platforms, Fire Protection, Hazardous Work, Hot Work and Intellectual Property classes as well as other certification classes.

His experience as Safety Instructor began in 1994 as an instructor for Local 272 Ironworkers where he taught CPR/First Aid, OSHA, Foreman Training and Arial Work Platforms. He served as an Apprentice Instructor for 2 years and was an Elected Officer for 6 years. Rick has been and instructor and Safety Advisor for 3 mega-projects for Bechtel Corporation, Turkey Point Nuclear’s Extended Power Upgrade in South Florida for 3 years and has been on 2 projects in Canada for the last 2 years, the Eastern Alberta Transmission Lines project and an Aluminum Smelter in British Columbia, The Kitimat Modernization Project, the largest project in British Columbia history.

Joedy Warren

Joedy Warren

Upon graduating from University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989, Joedy entered Manitoba Hydro’s Technical Operator training program. He spent the next 12 years as a Station Operator in Northern Manitoba, before moving down south to enroll in the System Operator training program at Manitoba Hydro’s System Control Centre in 2001. Joedy completed the training program and worked as a System Operator for 6 years. In 2007 he joined the System Control Centre’s training department and began training System Operators full time. He completed the University of Manitoba’s Certificate in Adult Continuing Education in 2008. In 2012 he attained Practicing Perfection’s Level 1 Certification in order to begin work on Manitoba Hydro’s human error reduction initiative. His team currently works to train new system operators, as well as maintain their certified personnel’s reliability credentials.

Charles Elwood

Charles Elwood

I started my career in the Navy Nuclear Power Program. There I established my operations background working in the plant, and also my training background, as I was selected to be one of the training instructors. After that I worked for an engineering company, gaining experience in the commercial world, as we were designing and constructing a commercial nuclear plant, one of the last at the time due to Three Mile Island. A short time later, I went to work at an operational nuclear plant, where I spent most of my adult years in Operations early on, then transferred to Operations Training. I have been a training administrator and instructor ever since, and I am currently out of the nuclear environment, enjoying the challenges of Transmission Operations. Operations training is where I became heavily involved in Human Performance and the benefits of using the tools and techniques to improve operator performance and minimize human performance errors.

Rudy Francin

Rudy Francin

Area Manager Substation Operations Consolidated Edison Co. of NY Inc.

I have 40 years of experience in the Electric Utility industry (Con Edison Of NY Inc.), working as a relay & equipment technician, electrical maintenance instructor, control center operator, trainer and managed both control center and field operations. I am a past Chairperson of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Power Switching Safety & Reliability Task Force and have been a task force member for 15 years.