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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 - Amanda Vazquez
  • Program Director - Kat Robings
  • Treasurer - Beth Bendos
  • Information Director - Vacant
  • Public Relations - Vacant
  • Web Director - Maggie Mancillas
  • 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.


October Meeting Notice

Member Appreciation Luncheon

When:  October 5th, 2023

Where:  Desert Willow Conference Center

Meeting:   11:00 am – 2:00 pm

11:00 am Check-in and Networking

11:15 am Buffet Luncheon - Please let us know of any food allergy when you RSVP

11:30 am - Chapter Meeting and Raffle

11:45 am – Integracept Presentation “IT/DR: Fostering Partnerships that Generate Resilience” Joseph Brewer, Founder/Managing Partner

12:00 pm - Infinite Blue Presentation, Andy Witts, Senior Director

12:15 pm – MHA Presentation “The State of BCM” Michael Herrera, CEO, MHA Consulting

12:30 pm – Mock Disaster Exercise, Michael Herrera, CEO, MHA Consulting

MEETING INFO:   Please register in advance for this meeting at Eventbrite or by RSVP to Amanda at: arizona@acp-chapters.com.

Michael Herrera is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MHA.  In his role, Michael provides global leadership to the entire set of industry practices and horizontal capabilities within MHA.  Under his leadership, MHA has become a leading provider of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services to organizations on a global level.  He is also the founder of BCMMETRICS, a leading cloud based tool designed to assess business continuity compliance and residual risk.  Michael is a well-known and sought after speaker on Business Continuity issues at local and national contingency planner chapter meetings and conferences.  Prior to founding MHA, he was a Regional VP for Bank of America, where he was responsible for Business Continuity across the southwest region.
Joseph Brewer is the founder at IntegraCept, a global business consulting firm, within the Information Technology Consulting practice and has 22-years of experience in Business Continuity Management (BCM), IT Disaster Recovery (DR), Incident Response & Crisis Management (CM), Governance and Program & Project Management.  Joseph’s experience includes extensive global multi-cultural awareness and training with experience in Asia-Pac, EMEA, and Latin America.  Prior to starting IntegraCept, Joseph was BCM Practice Area Director, former NERC CIP Program Manager, DHS Homeland Security Vulnerability Assessment Lead, and Senior IT Program/Project Manager responsible for establishing, implementing, and monitoring global BCM activities across various companies that included Insurance, government and public sector, healthcare, finance and energy. Joseph is one of 600 Master Business Continuity Professionals (MBCP) in the world.
Andy Witts is the Senior Director of Alliances at Infinite Blue.  Previous he was the Director of Service Delivery at Infinite Blue and built the customer success department, support department and professional services department.  Prior to that, he was the Consulting Services Manager at BC in the Cloud. He has been the Global BC/DR Program Administrator for DXC Technology, formerly Computer Science Corporation (CSC).  Andy has successfully deployed BCDR programs on different platforms globally and has advised, consulted, and implemented programs for 5 fortune 10 companies.

Additional Information:

  • Location of Meeting: Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040
  • This meeting is also open to guests. Fee for guests to attend is $25 per guest. There is no charge for members to attend
  • Parking is free
If you have any questions about this event, please contact arizona@acp-chapters.com.  Reminders to register for this event will be sent two weeks and then one week before the event for a final count for lunch purposes.

The Member Appreciation Luncheon is sponsored by Infinite Blue.

upcoming events

Upcoming events are listed below.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 6 PM - 10 PM
Various PHX On-Site & Off-Site Locations


      • Rescue
      • Triage
      • Treatment
      • Transport
      • Command
      • Family Assistance
For More Information click on the link: 2023SavetheDate.pdf7.23.pdf

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: www.chapters.acp-international.com/centralarizona. 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!#@#_WA_-_CURSOR_-_POINT_#@#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 arizona@acp-chapters.com with any questions.

Joanne Storbeck, President, Central AZ ACP

Chapter Resources


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.


5/17/23 - AZ State Jobs - Disaster Recovery/Continuity of Operations Program Specialist. Job ID 517764. Closes 5/21
External applicants can apply here, and search for Job ID.

Internal applicants should go here,  click Employee Login under the Internal Job Board and search for Job ID.




MHA Consulting sponsors again for 2023 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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