The Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) is a non-profit trade association dedicated to fostering continued professional growth and development in effective Contingency & Business Resumption Planning. ACP is the recognized premier international networking and information exchange organization in the business continuity industry.
The Association began as an informal organization in 1983. The original group was formally organized in 1984 as a non-profit. In 1985, Articles of Incorporation were submitted to the State of California that set guidelines for chartering chapters and outlined the operational principles of the ACP Board of Directors. The ACP Board of Directors manages the business of the Association while Chapter officers tailor activities to the needs of their membership.
The purpose of ACP is to provide an environment for the exchange of experiences and information. This includes identification of common planning needs and potential recovery response solutions as well as networking opportunities through local and national alliances.
- Learn about state-of-the-art contingency and business continuity techniques
- Serve as a unifying force in defining and leading this rapidly evolving field
- Identify and implement means and methods for public and private sector collaboration and interface.
ACP membership is open to anyone with an interest in or responsibility for the varied aspects of contingency planning.
ACP San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco, CA 94103
Board of Directors
Monika Stoeffl is the Executive Director of the California Resiliency Alliance, a non-profit sitting at the nexus between the public and private sectors facilitating cross-sector information sharing and partnerships to foster local and regional resiliency.
She has over 10 years experience in emergency management and risk analysis, including writing plans, designing table-top and full-scale exercises, conducting trainings, facilitating cross-agency collaboration, and conducting risk analyses.
Monika has a bachelors in Anthropology and received her MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus in operational risk management and competitive intelligence.
Ray Bonilla leads the resiliency and continuity efforts for Kaiser Permanente IT. As the leader for IT Resiliency, Ray is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of enterprise-wide IT resiliency management programs, IT business continuity planning, IT crisis management, HIPAA contingency planning compliance, and enterprise technology risk and impact assessments and professional teams.
Ray serves on numerous business continuity boards, committees and focus groups throughout the United States. His activities include director of membership for the Association of Contingency Planners, and terrorism liaison officer with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center. Ray is a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), and a member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI). Ray received his bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from California State University, East Bay, and his MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Treasurer - Jean Anderson
Membership Director - Michele Heckle
Rachael's broad international experience in the public and private sectors combined with her direct experience in biological and natural disasters in the U.S., South Africa and Japan, inspired to her call to serve communities by strengthening the infrastructures on which they depend. She has been honored to lead Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security program contingency planning compliance efforts for Kaiser Permanente to further her inspiration. Rachael holds numerous honors at the federal, state and municipal levels and has experience writing policy, guidelines and proposals internationally. She is a certified business continuity professional (CBCP) with a BA in English, holds project management credentials and is conversationally fluent in Japanese. She has direct experience in emergency management, emergency preparedness, business continuity, and risk management.
It is an honor for Rachael to serve on the board of directors as the program director and outreach coordinator for the San Francisco Chapter of the Association for Continuity Professionals.
Public Relations Director - Ann Hepenstal
Ann Hepenstal is the 2017 PR Director for the Chapter. A business continuity consultant, she has more than 12 years of experience leading business continuity and crisis management planning for various divisions of Intel. Working in the Intel procurement organization, Ann drove maturation of the group’s business continuity practice for its supply chain, and was part of the Hurricane Katrina crisis management activation. Ann holds the Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) certification from DRII. She founded and led the Silicon Valley Crisis Management Network, has spoken on business continuity best practices at industry conferences including DRI International, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and SEMI, the semiconductor industry association. She is the co-author of “Maturation of Business Continuity Practice in the Intel Supply Chain,” published in the Intel Technology Journal. Ann holds a BS degree in Systems Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a MS in Management Science from Stanford University.
Director of Governance - Brandon Bond
Membership Coordinator - Francine Sneddon
Newsletter Coordinator - Uma Danday
Student Relations Coordinator - Julie Marpert
If you want to volunteer for a committee, please contact Lissette Giorgi Phone: 510-506-5555
Professional Development - Ray Bonilla
This committee is established for the purpose of holding a quarterly workshop to help MEMBERS of our chapter grow professionally, assist them with resume writing, and interviewing skills, as well as finding other areas they can apply their skills outside the profession if needed. We will be having people come in to speak and assist in these areas. We will also try to find a local agency willing to help members in their job searches.
Public/Private Partnership - Pratima Tewary
This committee is being established to find more volunteers through ACP, and outside organizations to volunteer in area EOC's. We will reach out to members, chambers of commerce and other groups to help find willing volunteers and will co-ordinate training and meetings with other public/private coalition partners such as BENS, BARCfirst, et al.
Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
Published in association with ACP with exclusive 15% discount for ACP members
Dear ACP member,
Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning is the leading professional journal publishing peer-reviewed articles and case studies by expert business continuity and emergency managers.
Each quarterly 100-page issue provides practical, detailed analysis of best practice, innovative techniques and new thinking in key business issues – not technical minutiae – with little or no advertising. With actionable advice and ‘lessons learned’ from fellow practitioners, it shows how plans have been specified, designed, implemented, tested and updated, as well as how they have responded in practice to interruptions, emergencies and exercises.
Articles scheduled for publication in Volume 2, comprising of four 100-page issues, include:
Managing Business Risk
- Building enterprise-wide resilience by integrating BC capability into day-to-day business culture and technology
Patrick Alesi, VP Business Continuity Management, Lehman Brothers
- How do you distinguish between ‘business as usual’ and ‘significant’ business disruption events and react accordingly?
Peter Halliwell, Senior Business Continuity Management Advisor, Air New Zealand
- Rolling out a global BCM standard at BP – a map-based system for monitoring threats and preparedness and for coordinating response and recovery
Alan Moult, BCP Programme Director, BP
- Key components for implementing an integrated business continuity model
Pierre Wettergren, Head, R&D Business Continuity, AstraZeneca
- A dashboard for measuring capability when designing, implementing and validating BC and DR projects
Sandeth Sheth, Satyam Computer Services and Joe McHugh, Executive Deputy Director, Operations, State of Maryland Judiciary
- Reputation management in times of crisis – case study of a Scandinavian telecom in Pakistan
Salman Tariq, Director, Safety & Security, Telenor Pakistan
Exercises and Testing
- Testing beyond audit requirements – testing what would happen in an actual event to better reflect client expectations
Jack Smith, Business Continuity Manager for Global IT, ABN AMRO
- Case study: A simulated accident at a power station – how crisis management and emergency service plans responded and lessons learned
David Russell, Business Continuity Manager, Eraring Energy
Emergency Management and Response
- Building an emergency response community – making it work in practice and securing buy-in from emergency managers and responders
Richard Serino, Chief of Department, Boston Emergency Medical Services
- How do you engage minority communities in planning for, during and after emergencies?
Tarique Ghaffur, Assistant Commissioner, Central Operations, Metropolitan Police Service, London
- The role of public health in planning large-scale evacuations
Benard P. Dreyer, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center
- Case study: Deploying the US Department of Education emergency response and crisis management program
Sara Strizzi, Program Analyst, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, US Department of Education
- Military support of civil authorities – lessons learned at Canada Command one year after becoming operational
Lieutenant-General MJ Dumais, Commander, Canada Command
Panemic Flu Planning
- New York City’s pandemic flu plan – planning strategy and assumptions, command and control, surveillance, legal and preventive health issues
Isaac Weisfuse and Deborah Burton, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
- Integrating pandemic flu response planning with business continuity planning at Johns Hopkins University
Mary D. Lasky, Program Manager, Business Continuity Planning, Johns Hopkins University
- Implementing an enterprise-wide backup and DR strategy
Michael Kaishar, Sr. Systems Administrator, Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union
- Internal, external and hybrid solutions for DR at healthcare organizations – how do you decide which is the right option?
Angela Devlen, Regional Emergency Management Coordinator, Caritas Christi Healthcare
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ACP Code of Ethics
The primary goal of the Association of Continuity Planners (ACP) is to provide a powerful network for the advancement of the business continuity industry and the development of continuity professionals. To achieve this goal, members of the Association must reflect the highest standards of ethical conduct. Therefore, ACP has established the following Code of Ethics and requires its observance as a prerequisite for continued membership and affiliation with the Association. Members who fail to observe the code of ethics will be subject to loss of membership.
As an applicant for membership and as a member of ACP, I have in the past and will in the future:
- Perform all professional activities and duties in accordance with all applicable laws and the highest ethical principles;
- Maintain appropriate confidentiality of proprietary or otherwise sensitive information encountered in the course of professional activities;
- Fulfill professional responsibilities with diligence and honesty;
- Use the ACP membership list for Association business only and not furnish the membership list to non-members without the written permission of the ACP Corporate Board of Directors;
- Refrain from any activities which might constitute a conflict of interest or otherwise damage the reputation of employers, the continuity profession, or the Association; and
Not intentionally injure or impugn the professional reputation or practice of colleagues, clients, or employers.