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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. Our chapter meetings are held every other month on the first Thursday in an in-person and virtual format unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are 8:30 am for networking and 9:00 am - 11:00 am for business and presentations.   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 - John Padilla
  • President Elect - Vacant
  • Secretary - Zach Smith
  • Membership Director - Amanda Vazquez
  • Program Director - Kat Robings
  • Treasurer - Beth Bendos
  • Information Director - Vacant
  • Public Relations - Vacant
  • Web Director - Maggie Mancillas
  • Past President - Joanne Storbeck


Two Central Arizona Board Open for 2024

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

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

2024 CHAPTER Meetings


Due to circumstances beyond our control the February Chapter meeting has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience and invite you to attend our April Chapter Meeting.  Details will be posted soon.

February Meeting Notice

When:  February 1, 2024

Where:  SRP Project Administration Building (PAB) located at 1500 N. Mill Avenue, Phoenix

MEETING REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  This is a secure location so please RSVP.  We must provide attendee names to allow access.  We are encouraging in-person attendance, however, also providing virtual through the zoom link below.


Meeting:   9:00 am -11:00 am 

8:30 am Check-in and Networking

9:00 am Chapter Business and Presentation


Michelle Seitz, BSEM, MSHSM, Emergency Manager City of Tempe and Tempe Assistant Fire Chief Andrea Glass

Assistant Chief Andrea Glass, a 22-year veteran of Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, oversees Community Risk Reduction, emergency management and several other programs. She has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Leadership, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Regional Wireless Cooperative, Arizona Burn Foundation, Coyote Crisis Collaborative, and is Chair of Mass Casualty Tracking Reunification Arizona Collaborative (MCTRAC).

Michelle Seitz, City of Tempe’s Emergency Manager, has a Bachelor of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management and Master of Science in Homeland Security Management. Michelle co-published ‘Family Reunification Following Disasters’, a planning tool for health care facilities nationwide, and assisted in the Peer Assessment report focusing on Public Health, Medical Preparedness, and Response to the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Michelle is an executive member of the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition and Securing the Cities Program and is Vice-Chair of MCTRAC.

Michelle and Andrea will be discussing the Mass Casualty Tracking & Reunification (MCTRAC) system. A digital application that users can access through a QR code for general information about victims of a mass-casualty event. Family members looking for loved ones can also use the system to find them through the platform.

Please register by RSVP to Amanda at: arizona@acp-chapters.com.

upcoming events

DRI 2024 Annual Conference: March 3 – 6, 2024

Hilton New Orleans Riverside. New Orleans, LA

Phoenix Technology Summit 2023: March 13, 2024

Phoenix Convention Center | South Ballroom. Phoenix AZ

DRJ Spring 2024: March 17 – 20, 2024

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando FL

Continuity Insights Management Conference: May 6 – 8, 2024

Sheraton / Le Meridian Hotel Complex, Charlotte NC

Interface Phoenix: June 21, 2024

Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, LA

President's news

Welcome to 2024!

As the Chapter President for 2024 I've had the privilege of serving as the chapter Membership Director, Information Director, and Secretary and now as President and I’ve enjoyed all that time. I'm looking forward to the programs we have in store for all of you in 2024.

Your 2024 Central Arizona Chapter Board is:

President – John Padilla. Salt River Project

Secretary - Zach Smith, AlertMedia

Treasurer - Beth Bendos, Qualcomm

(The Treasurer and Secretary positions now serve two-year terms elected on alternating years.)

Program Director - Kathee Robings, Harbor Freight Tools

Membership Director - Amanda Vazquez, Dick’s Sporting Goods

Web Director - Magaly Mancillas, Arizona Financial Credit Union

Past President - Joanne Storbeck, Freeport McMoRan

Congratulations to the board members and thanks for your service to the chapter. If you are interested in serving as a member of the board, the Information Director, Public Relations Director, and President Elect remain open. Contact any board member for more information.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors MHA Associates and Integracept and our Gold Sponsor Infinite Blue. We can present high quality and varied programs due to the generous support of these sponsors. If you need, or anticipate the need of any of their services, reach out, they can provide solutions to a wide range of issues.

Chapter meetings are held in-person and virtually every other month on the first Thursday unless otherwise noted. Meetings begin at 8:30 am for networking and are followed from 9:00 am - 11:00 am for chapter business and presentations.

The February 1, 2024, Chapter Meeting will be hosted by SRP and feature Tempe Emergency Manager, Michelle Seitz and Tempe Assistant Fire Chief Andrea Glass discussing the Mass Casualty Tracking & Reunification (MCTRAC) system. A digital application that users can access through a QR code for general information about victims of a mass-casualty event. Family members looking for loved ones can also use the system to find them through the platform. If you know of anyone who would be interested in what the chapter has to offer, invite them to attend one of our meetings as a guest.

As the recipient of the 2023 Most Valuable Player Award I would like to thank the board members for their support over the last year. We wouldn’t have accomplished all we did without all their hard work and willingness to donate their time to supporting the chapter and all its members.

Congratulations to Kyle Shinn for winning the ACP & DRJ Scholarship for a complimentary DRJ 2024 Spring Conference Pass. The Conference Pass includes sessions, exhibit hall, and more.

If you haven't renewed your ACP membership, please do so. We value your membership in the chapter and would like you to continue to be a part of it. There are currently 1,045 ACP members nationally with 42 in the Central Arizona Chapter. Amanda Vazquez and I will be reaching out to those who haven't renewed to encourage you to remain part of the chapter.

Kat Robings is working on a great lineup of speakers and meeting locations this year, if you know of anyone who has a presentation that you think the chapter would be interested in or would like to host one of the meetings, just let her know.

I'll continue to keep you informed about chapter happenings and what is going on with the board through the President's News throughout the year. If you have any questions, comments, let me know. You can reach me at Arizona@acp-international.com. Take care and have a great start to 2024, I will look forward to seeing you all at the February meeting.


John Padilla

Chapter Resources


August 4 Minutes
August 4 Presentation: Maricopa County COAD Presentation
June 2 Minutes
April 7 Minutes
February 3 Minutes

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


City of Scottsdale

Emergency Management Program Supervisor (Full-Time) - Safety & Security (252565)

PAY GRADE: Support Exempt H


POSITION OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the Emergency Management Supervisor is to assist the Director of Safety and Security with the development, implementation, management, and leadership of the District’s Emergency Operations Plans, statistics for the division and agreements with outside agencies for assistance during incidents.

Applications will be accepted Thursday, February 1, 2024, 12:00 AM - Friday, March 1, 2024, 11:59 PM (Mountain Standard Time)





MHA Consulting sponsors again for 2024 as a Platinum Sponsor! Thank you!!

Welcome IntegraCept as a Platinum Sponsor for 2023!

Infinite Blue / BC in the Cloud renews as a Gold Sponsor for 2023! Thank you for your continued support!

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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