HPA Board of Advisors

Gary Mechler, NRG PMG (retired)

Gary Mechler is a professional in the power generation business who retired from NRG on July 1, 2013 after a 36 year career. He began his career with Houston Lighting and Power in May 1977 as a Results Engineer at the P H Robinson Power Plant and in August 1987 was promoted to Plant Manager at the S R Bertron Power Plant. 

Jack Martin, President HPRCT

Jack is President of HPRCT and leader of the planning committee for the annual HPRCT conference. He is also Vice President of a privately owned business that evaluates and offers suggestions for improvement for corrective action and Human Behavior programs.

Michael Monroe, Manager - PPL Montour

Michael Munroe is manager of PPL's Montour power plant. A two-unit, 1,500-megawatt, coal-fired power plant in Montour County, Pa. 

Mike Blevins,  COO, Luminant (retired)

Mike Blevins is retired and a consultant to the energy industry. As an executive consultant, Mike has worked with various companies on new nuclear licensing, design, construction, operations readiness and staffing. In addition, he serves as a coach for several senior nuclear and corporate executives, advises on organizational development, emergency planning, market analysis, human performance and other topics.

Dr. Valerie Bernard, Founder, Executive Training Centers

Dr. Valerie Bernard is a Performance Improvement Consultant, Speaker, Author, Trainer, and Philantropreneur.  Dr. Bernard is a guide who partners with leaders and teams to teach the principles and how “Embracing the Power of Team® can transforms lives.  Valerie is sought after for her expertise in improving performance for individuals, teams, and organizations.  She is the founder of Executive Training Centers, Inc.® which celebrated 15 years in 2017. Valerie’s mission is to support the idea of helping individuals build skills, confidence, and know-how in mastering the art and science of improved performance.