Everything we do professionally and as an organization is dedicated to protecting lives, safeguarding businesses and fostering community resiliency.

Core Values


  • We are experienced thought leaders


  • We are reliable professionals


  • We are forward thinkers developing better ways to guide the industry
  • We are the vanguard for professionals and the industry


  • We are committed to supporting our members


The Washington DC chapter of the International Association of Contingency Planners was co-founded in 1994 by Michael Braham and Ken Barksdale.
Michael and Ken both served terms as President of the chapter, and within a few years had formed strong relationships with the American Red Cross, Georgetown University’s Crisis Management Center, and the District of Columbia’s Local Emergency Planning Council.

Board of Directors

President: Bowman Olds

Bowman Olds has served as a Corporate Emergency Operations Manager for a Fortune 500 company primarily responsible on a 24/7 basis for monitoring and responding to all manmade and natural disasters impacting over 41,000 employees in all 50 states and 40 countries overseas. Olds ensures recovery impacting business continuity as well as humanitarian and life safety issues involving employees and their families. From high-profile special events to national exercises on behalf of commercial and government clients, Olds leverages his military leadership and government relations acumen to drive training and exercise execution in close partnership with public and private sector entities, and has directed federal and local response to high-profile emergencies.

Olds cultivated his skills during earlier tenures with the U.S. Army, where he served as a Battalion Commander for the 82nd Grenada, as the Senior Army Standardization Representative for NATO in Belgium, as Crisis Action Team Chief for the Pentagon’s Army Operations Center during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the First Gulf War, and as a Military Science Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco. Lending his skills for the greater good, Olds is the Chairman of the Fairfax County Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), is a member of the Prince William County Emergency Operations Center and LEPC, the Fairfax County Citizens Corps Council and the Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association. He has also served as the President of Toastmaster International Clubs in California and Virginia.

Olds is a sought after industry speaker and holds HAZWOPER, First Responder Operations, and On-Scene Incident Commander certifications. He also holds a Secret Security Clearance. He has earned three Masters Degrees: an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, an M.M.A.S. from the Army Command and General Staff College, and an M.A. in Government from the University of San Francisco. Olds earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Francisco.

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Membership VP: Thomas Davis, CBCP, AEM

Tom has been working for a.i. solutions since 2010 supporting the COOP and Emergency Preparedness programs at NASA HQ. In the role of Emergency Preparedness Program Area Lead he provides oversight and vision for emergency preparedness activities at NASA HQ. In addition to his responsibilities as Program Area Lead Tom also provides support for COOP activities including BIA’s, BCP’s, testing, trainings, and exercises. Prior to moving to DC in 2010 Tom lived in Charlotte, NC working for various financial institutions. Tom has a M.B.A. from Queens University of Charlotte’s McColl School of Business; in addition to his CBCP Tom also holds the certifications of Master Exercise Practitioner (M.E.P.) from the Emergency Management Institute, and Associate Emergency Manager (A.E.M.) from IAEM.
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Programs VP: Arthur Fuller

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Secretary: Brenda E. Brown-Paul, MBA, CBCP, MBCI

Brenda Brown-Paul is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with extensive planning, training and exercise experience. In her 14 years of Continuity of Operations (COOP)and Business Continuity Management (BCM), Mrs. Paul has provided her clients with support in a wide variety of BCM disciplines. She has been involved in and directed discussion-based and functional exercises and drills with the District of Columbia (DC) Water and Sewer Authority (WASA), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Information Technology Agency (ITA) of the United States Army (Army), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Data Centers. In most of her continuity career, Mrs. Paul has served as the primary consultant for continuity, whether directing the actions of her client and team, or as the team lead, leading the client through every aspect of continuity planning and execution. This has included National Level Exercise (NLE) participation, providing training sessions, delivering town hall presentations, emergency management drills, directing public relations concerns, and managing plan creation and revisions. Everything!

Mrs. Paul is a FEMA Certified Continuity Manager, and has taken two Level 1 and two Level 2 training courses. She is a published author in the area of BCM, and has spoken to industry groups on the subject. Having served six terms as a board member of the Association of Contingency Planners, DC Chapter. She is also a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), a European organization that is partnered with the Disaster Recovery Institute, International (DRII), which certifies planners in the US and internationally. She has taken DRII training courses in exercise execution, and participated in large scale (over 500 people) exercises at Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) and Continuity Management Professional (CMP) conferences.

She is the owner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of esto perpetual, LLC, a new business continuity consultancy that focuses on small and medium sized businesses.

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Treasurer: Stephanie M. Brennan, ABCP, PCP, CERT

Ms. Stephanie M. Brennan is an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton with over 7 years of experience in Continuity of Operations (COOP) and occupant emergency planning. Stephanie has worked with Federal government clients to include the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in their efforts to establish and enhance their continuity and emergency preparedness programs. Stephanie also assists in test, training and exercise activities to include tabletop and full-scale exercises and 2014 Association of Contingency Planners – DC Chapter board participates in National Level Exercise and Eagle Horizon. Stephanie is the former VP of Membership and Washington DC Chapter Board Member of the Year. She recently completed her Masters degree in Security and Safety Leadership from the George Washington University and has her ABCP, FEMA PCP and CERT certifications.

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Community Outreach Director: Douglas S. Kinney

Douglas is a Senior Manager in the emergency, disaster and continuity of operations practice of BDA Global. He has consulted embedded in Continuity of Operations for the security division of a major national financial institution, a state utility regulatory commission, an arm of the Federal Judiciary, and is currently assigned to the security team of a major international development corporation. He has also served as a reserve officer in developing planning for Personnel Recovery (hostage taking and kidnapping) as well as all-risks contingency Emergency Action Plans in the government. He served as Program Manager for Crisis Management Training and Crisis Exercises for Innovative Technology Application (ITA) and as well as for Research Planning Incorporated (RPI of Titan Industries, now L-3) and previously consulted for Global Business Access Ltd, ADL and TVA. Mr. Kinney served as a Foreign Service Officer, primarily in Politico-Military Affairs, and serving on some 30+ crisis Task Forces including as Coordinator and on four Emergency Action Committees overseas including as Chair. In NATO Civil Emergency Planning, he served as Chair of the Interagency Working Group and as Head of Delegation to the Senior CEP Committee at Brussels. Mr. Kinney is a rated FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner and FEMA Instructor with training up through ICS-400. Douglas volunteers as a Manager in safety and security in the American Red Cross Disaster Services system; as Life Safety lead for the American Red Cross of the National Capital Region (NCR); on the roster for Disaster Relief delegates to the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for disasters overseas; and as a Disaster Instructor. He is a CERT member and has served as CERT Instructor in light urban search & rescue at the DC Fire Academy. He is on the volunteer Rehab Squad of DC Fire & EMS; and is a wilderness Search & Rescue volunteer (VDEM FTM/FTS/MLSO/MTM) for Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group, an accredited rescue squad under law enforcement auspices for wilderness SAR in the Mid-Atlantic states. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer; as an Advanced Diver (Search & Recovery) and Rescue Diver; and has completed search planning training at the USCG National Search and Rescue School. Douglas serves on the DomPrep 40 advisory board of Domestic Preparedness (DomPrep.com). His background includes hands-on crisis management in the field and at command and general staff level for the whole risk spectrum from disaster through terrorism. In emergency planning, training and exercises, he has done contingency and disaster planning and preparedness in some 140 countries overseas and in domestic settings for headquarters operations centers; high-value targets such as airports; on-site readiness and exercises for threats during high-visibility events such as the Turin Winter Olympics and the Beijing Olympic Games; and Crisis Skills Training to help leaderships work smoothly under stress and under fire with specialists such as a heavy rescue units, CBRN monitoring field teams and national-level SWAT Teams. Mr. Kinney has also done crisis management training for the intelligence and defense communities, as well as helped with contingency training for the Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs) off each major littoral should Americans need rescue or evacuation.

Mr. Kinney holds a brass bar from DC Fire & EMS for Washington's Metro train collision; the Superior Honor Award of the U.S. Department of State for exceptional service in “conditions of personal hardship and danger"; and a defense service medal from the Secretary of Defense on recommendation of U.S. Central Command Forward Headquarters / DESERT STORM.

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Compliance Director: Kara Crawley, CBCP, PCP

Kara Crawley, CBCP, PCP, has worked in the federal continuity/emergency management community for more than a decade. She has supported a wide array of federal Departments/Agencies (D/A) and other entities in developing and implementing comprehensive programs that prepare them for emergencies and continuity events. Ms. Crawley’s experience includes all aspects of COOP and EM, and she specializes in policy and strategic planning; Business Continuity Plans (BCP); communications/outreach; family assistance center (FAC) planning; and test, training, and exercise (TT&E) development and implementation. Ms. Crawley enjoys being a part of her local CERT and ACP chapters, and is working toward CEM certification.

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Education and Seminars Director: Chris Stanton

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Marketing & Special Events Director: Emily Vizcaino

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Public Relations Director: Emanuel Payton, CBCP, MBCI

Mr. Payton is an exceptional professional with experience with Enterprise Architecture, Business Continuity, Information Security, Disaster Recovery, Information Assurance skills in support of computer networks and IT security, to include all aspects of certification and accreditation of multiple platforms. Previously Mr. Payton has served with distinction for the ACP-DC chapter championing the Mentor/Mentee program. He has been a tireless advocate for continuity and attended the National Leadership Conference with the president of the ACP-DC chapter last year.

His commitment to the chapter is consistent. He wants to continue to serve so that the ACPDC chapter can continue to grow and serve the ACP community and the profession itself.

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Publications Director: George B. Huff, Jr., CBCP, BCMS Auditor, MBCI

Mr. George Huff is the Attorney-Advisor for the Space and Facilities Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO). He advises the U.S. Judicial Conference's Committees on Space and Facilities and Judicial Security. In his work with the federal Judiciary, George has served as a law clerk in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, and in a variety of legal positions at the AO associated with court management, facilities and security. As a former Deputy Attorney General of Indiana, he is the attorney of record on a number of reported cases. George retired from the Army Reserve after service in various senior-level operational positions.

George's primary additional duty has been as the Attorney-Advisor to the Judiciary Emergency Preparedness Office at the AO during more than 60 disaster-related incidents affecting court operations throughout the U.S. He has published cover articles on business continuity and pandemic preparedness in journals of Federal and American Bar Associations. George is a Certified Business Continuity Professional.

In addition, he serves as the advisor to the Judiciary's Emergency Preparedness Program, providing guidance and assistance for operational continuity management programs nationwide. He participates in the activities of the federal Interagency Continuity Advisory Group. George conducted continuity exercises for the AO and U.S. courts, and teaches business continuity in continuing legal education programs.

George is a Member of the Board of Directors of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, which assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organizations conforming to management systems standards, including the Private Sector Preparedness. He is a certified Business Continuity Management Systems Auditor. George serves currently as a U.S. representative on International Organization for Standardization's Technical Committee 223, Working Group 4. He serves currently on the Committee on Emergency Management and Business Continuity of the National Fire Protection Association, and the Risk Assessment Technical Committee of ASIS International. George has published cover articles in the journals of the American and Federal Bar Associations and, this year, contributed a chapter to the American Bar Association's The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook.

George is a graduate of the Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hanover College, attended the Graduate School in Forensic Studies at Indiana University, and the College of Law of Northern Illinois University. A former U.S. Army Airborne-Ranger, Mr. Huff earned the Green Beret. He also completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the British Territorial Army Command and Staff College, and the Air War College. George was awarded the Legion of Merit and other military decorations. He serves currently as a Member of the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness. He serves currently on the National Corporate Board of Directors of the Association of Contingency Planners.

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Technology & Information Director: Lawrence Schaefer

Lawrence D. Schaefer's has extensive international and national experience in high risk and top secret security, personnel management, and protection.
Mr. Schaefer is currently employed by the U.S. Capitol Police, serving as a Communications Expert. He holds numerous certifications with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), as well as in emergency management, incident management, emergency communications, continuity operations, exercise development, and facilitation. During his 29-year career he has participated in security operations for seven Presidential Inaugurations, fourteen Presidential State of the Unions, two Presidential Laying in State funerals, several conventions, head of state and VIP visits, and Congressional Gold Medal Ceremonies.
His capabilities also include working with several executive federal agencies to create a Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), facilitating exercises to test various security plans and strategies, and reporting final evaluation summaries to the Executive Office by FEMA, participating in several National Public Safety Communications Interoperability Standards for organizations, organizational structure, humanitarian assistance, project development/management and marketplace training.

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