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Central Arizona

Welcome to the Central Arizona Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a professional organization that provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information for business continuity leaders throughout a network of local Chapters.

The Central Arizona Chapter serves the Phoenix metropolitan area and beyond. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our chapter meetings are currently virtual and held every other month on the first Thursday, unless otherwise notified, starting February 2021. Meetings are 8:30am for networking and 9:00am - 11:00am for business and presentations. There is no meeting in July and December is a member appreciation event. We invite you to attend our next meeting and look forward to meeting you!

Please contact the Web Resources Director if you require assistance with the website.


  • President - Joanne Storbeck
  • President Elect - Vacant
  • Secretary - John Padilla
  • Membership Director - Maggie Mancillas
  • Program Director - Beth Bendos
  • Treasurer - Susan Czarnowski
  • Information Director - Vacant
  • Public Relations - Vacant
  • Web Director - Monique Hafler
  • Past President - Steve Westwood


Interested in being on the Central Arizona Board in 2023?

Contact any Board member to throw your name in the hat!  Several positions will be open.

Position descriptions can be found here or talk with any current Board member.


Unless noted, meetings are held the first Thursday of every other month, starting in February 2021.  There is no meeting in July.  Specific meeting details are sent with the invitation for each meeting and are posted on our Events page.

Anyone interested in hosting an event or speaking at an upcoming event, please contact the Program Director.

upcoming events

  • No upcoming events

December 1st - 11:00a-1:30p

Plans underway for in-person Member Appreciation luncheon at Desert Willow Conference Center

See the Events page for details, other Webinars & online training Lots of learning opportunities!

President's news

Message From the 2022 Board President, Joanne Storbeck

Hello Central Arizona Association of Continuity Professionals!

Summer is here and we’re planning our fall meetings. Mark your calendar for the Fall DRJ Conference September 11-14, 2022 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. This meeting will be “In Person”!

June 2nd was our meeting with Cheyenne Marling, BC Management. She discussed “BCM Competencies in Demand to Ensure Career Resiliency. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 4, 2022. Debbie Knight and Jana Smith will share Maricopa County’s Community Organizations Active in Disaster (MCCOAD) and discussing the intersection of community preparedness/response and public/private sector involvement. Please refer to our Events Page on our website for registration: Zoom meetings are slated to start with networking at 8:30 until 11:00 AM.

Our membership stands at 35 members across the Phoenix metropolitan area. We are still looking to increase our membership by 25% by December 31, 2022. Please reach out to your peers and promote membership to ACP as a great networking tool along with continuing education units. Our national membership has increased by approximately 133 since the beginning of the year, a great rebound!

The Board of Director of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) selected FirstPoint Management Resources (FPMR) as the new association management provider. The transition concluded May 31, 2022. ACP Board Chairman Michael Gifford is upbeat about the change. This year we are focused on "The Road to Recovery, Viability, and Relevance." As part of the change, surveys were sent out to our active and former members and the outcomes will be used in an upcoming Strategic Planning Workshop, hosted by (FPMR).

The local chapter board sent out a survey at the beginning of the year. The primary reason we belong to ACP is the networking opportunities. We are making plans to have our August meeting in person. Please watch your emails as plans are finalized. The survey results indicated that “Hybrid” meetings made it to the top of the list. The board will look to incorporate the hybrid choice into our meeting setup. Future topics included the changes Covid has made on our BC and DR strategies followed by Cyber among others.

Please reach out to with any questions.


Joanne Storbeck, President, Central AZ ACP

Have a question?

Check out the two resources from Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) and Business Continuity Institute (BCI) on our website Resources section!

Frequently Asked BC/DR Questions and the Entire BC Glossary

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Chapter Resources

Chapter Meetings


August 4 Minutes

August 4 Presentation: Maricopa County COAD Presentation

June 2 Minutes

April 7 Minutes

February 3 Minutes


June 3 Minutes

April 1 Minutes

February 4 Minutes

February 4 Presentation: James Knox, Resiliency Begins with the Culture of Your People


August Presentation: Andrew Witts, Courtney Ring, How to prepare for New Threats. Are We Ready?

February Presentation: Scott Ream, State of ACP National

For Minutes older than 2021 and Presentations older than 2020, please contact one of the AZ Board members.




A sponsorship with the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) - Central Arizona Chapter offers multiple avenues for your company or organization to access continuity planning professionals, including those in business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management and risk management.  Central Arizona's program offers three levels of sponsorship and benefits:








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