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The ACP National Board consists of 12 directors elected by the membership. Each director is elected for a three-year term and may serve two consecutive terms. The Board has three executive officer positions: chairperson, secretary and treasurer. Officers are elected annually by the National Board. The elections for vacant board seats and officers occur each year by December 31.

ACP National Board Chair
Michael Gifford

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Executive Committee Co-Chair
Strategic Partnerships Committee Co-Chair

Michael Gifford returns to the National Board, having served 5 years, including as National Chair (2012-2013). He was one of the founding members or the Alamo Chapter – San Antonio, TX, and served as its first Chapter President.

Michael has a very broad range of business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management experience. His professional experience includes progressive senior leadership roles in Information Technology, having worked in both the financial and retail sectors.

As an experienced senior leader and practitioner, Michael has served as BCM Program “Champion”, coach, and mentor. He’s an accomplished storyteller who can help business teams understand the “why” through sharing real event experiences.

Michael has a passion for helping others that can be seen through his involvement with numerous Non-Profit Organizations, including ACP. Michael believes there is no greater reward that giving back and making a difference in your community.

ACP National Board Treasurer
Allan Schmidt, MBCP, MBCI, CPSCP

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Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Allan serves as a Senior Professional, Business Continuity with CoreLogic. He is a seasoned Business Continuity Management Professional with a technology driven business background and MBA degree who utilizes a risk management approach in assessing both internal and external client needs in order to determine the optimal solutions for ensuring resilience and recovery capability. Having a diverse business background, Allan’s areas of expertise includes Business Continuity and Resiliency, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery Planning, and Business Process Improvement with special interest in Strategic Planning and Management.

In 2016, Allan earned his Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) certification with DRII and his Member Grade (MBCI) with the international Business Continuity Institute. In 2018, he earned his Certified Public Sector Continuity Professional (CPSCP) with DRII, reflecting his years of experience working in and with the public sector. Having joined ACP and the North Texas Chapter of ACP in 2013, he is honored to continue to serve on the National Board of ACP.

ACP National Board Secretary
Dr. Roberta "Robbie" LaRocca, CPP, MBCI

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Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Roberta LaRocca has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for most of her career within various functions including the past 15 years establishing Business Continuity Programs first at Wyeth and most recently at Merck. She is also a Principle at ProTinue which focuses on enterprise risk management services. In addition to North America, she has done business continuity work in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership and her doctoral research centered on public/private partnerships during an infectious disease outbreak. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Protection Professional and a member and former board member of the Business Continuity Institute.

ACP National Board Member
Stuart Murray, CBCP

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Strategic Partnerships Committee Co-Chair

Stuart Murray is the head of Global Information Resiliency at Jabil, Inc., a Fortune 150 global manufacturing services company. Stuart leads an IT team focused on developing DR strategies and plans for Jabil’s global IT operations that span 125 locations in 30+ countries.

Stuart has developed expert level of business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management in his 25+ year IT career. As a member of the Tampa Bay chapter of ACP and now as a national board member, he hopes to leverage his experience to enhance the Strategic Partnerships that the ACP develops.

ACP National Board Member
Todd Ray

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Innovations Committee Co-Chair

Todd Ray is President of RMANAGING Consulting, LLC and is a Business Resilience and Continuity professional with more than 25 years of strategic and operational experience in Enterprise Risk Management, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery and Emergency Response.

Todd specializes in creating and managing complete Business Continuity Management Systems and IT Service Continuity Programs for highly regulated companies such as Novartis Pharmaceutical and Pfizer.

In addition, he is an active member of InfraGard and a Certified Critical Infrastructure Liaison Office for the US Government.  Todd has held positions of escalating responsibility working for various international organizations and served as a Non-Commission Officer in the U.S. Air Force.  He was in charge of U.S. and Air Force Space Command C3 (Command, Control & Communications) teams.

ACP National Board Member
Catherine "Cathy" Robbins, MBCP

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Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Cathy is the Director of Risk Management & Corporate Services at GuideWell Source. She oversees corporate home office support services on behalf of four operating companies, spanning 10 offices in six states, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, serving as the nation's largest administrator of the Medicare program.

Cathy’s responsibilities include establishing and maintaining programs that integrate risk management with existing management processes to evaluate effective strategies for managing the companies' risk exposure. She also leads a best-practice enterprise business continuity and disaster recovery program that exceeds stringent Federal contracting information security requirements and complies with ISO certification standards. Other areas of accountability include leading the enterprise’s incident management and safety programs and recently launched a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program.

Cathy has over 12 years’ experience in the business continuity and disaster recovery profession. She received her B.S. in Health Care Administration from Southern Illinois University and her MBCP from DRI International. Cathy is also a member of the ACP Northeast Florida chapter.

ACP National Board Member
Jennifer Rosario

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Membership Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Jennifer Rosario is the CISO for Spreedly, a financial technology company based out of Durham, NC. She has over 20 years of experience in IT Operations, IT Service Management, and Information Security (IS). She has a proven background in delivering expert-level cyber security guidance, developing, implementing and maturing IS programs. Her passion comes from bringing people, process and technology together to deliver value to the business. Jennifer’s certifications include CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control), and ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Foundation. Jennifer graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science.

ACP National Board Member
Alicia Stevens

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Membership Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Alicia Stevens is an accomplished staffing professional with over 20 years of combined HR and Staffing experience. Alicia is responsible for implementing strategies that enable BC Management to recruit, a high-performing and motivated workforce for her clients. Alicia specializes in talent management, staffing execuitve search, employment development, compensation analysis, and coaching and career development.

Alicia currently services on the National Board of Directors for the Association of Contingency Planners as the Co-chair of Membership Engagement and she has previously served as the Director of Program Development and Membership for the Association of Contingency Planners Orange County Chapter. Additionally, Alicia is a member of the Business Resumption Managers Association. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from National University in San Diego, California and she is an active participant in the Disaster Recovery Journal and Continuity Insights annual conferences.

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