welcomeimageWelcome 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!

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ACP leaders from the national and chapter level met virtually on June 8 & 9 to craft a new strategic plan document. The expanded Leadership Team made use of the feedback from ACP Chapter Presidents, members and former members to create a series of 5 areas of focus. The group also revisited the mission of the organization and formed a marketing and communication strategy.

ACP National Chair Michael Gifford has been impressed with the process. “Wow. The Strategic Planning session was a major milestone for us.  The 2022 Board came together as a team and we included Chapter Leaders too. Our FirstPoint team did a great job pulling together a fast-paced and effective plan for the sessions and then kept the whole planning team on task. We have a solid, prioritized direction forward and can’t wait to share this process with ACP members. It was a win-win for everyone.”

The group included some additional key components to the ACP mission to capture the importance of embracing our diverse community and expanded to resilience professionals to ensure the essence of ACP and its future is clear. Our new mission is, “ACP connects and supports a diverse community of continuity and resilience professionals,” the team worked through the 28-page strategic planning survey report. Data from the report helped form areas of focus, known as KRAs or Key Results Areas. Here are some specifics from the plan.

  • The group flagged technology as a major obstacle to effective operations. The plan calls for immediate assessment of the technology applications used at the national and chapter level, an evaluation of the types of technology needed to help ACP national and chapters accomplish the organization’s mission and replacing or upgrading current tools.
  • The area of finance and governance is a high priority. Issues related to financial sustainability, transparency in reporting, leadership development, and improved governance documentation were included in KRA 2 of the plan.
  • Chapters were a major point of focus, particularly in enhancing or reinventing the relationship between national and chapters and developing a more substantial infrastructure for chapters to communicate with each other, as well as national.
  • The group will also be combing through the strategic planning survey data to identify opportunities to create, repair or enhance our communication strategy and our professional development strategy.

Plan implementation has already begun. A newly formed ACP Technology Committee met on June 14 to review the first KRA and how to start the assessment and data gathering process. Technology Committee Chair Dr. Bernard Jones summarized the meeting and next steps. “Our committee had a great meeting. Much has already been accomplished; we are off and running and eager to see the results of our technology data-gathering survey.”

Please be on the lookout for more information about strategic plan implementation as we report on progress.

  Your 2022 Chapter Board of Directors 


2022 Chapter Board of Directors

President - Joanne Storbeck

President Elect - James Knox

Secretary - John Padilla

Membership Director - Maggie Mancillas

Program Director - Beth Bendos

Treasurer - Susan Czarnowski 

Information Director - OPEN

Public Relations - OPEN

Web Director - Monique Hafler

Past President - Steve Westwood



2022 Central AZ ACP


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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.

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

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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!

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.

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Joanne Storbeck, President, Central AZ ACP






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