This chapter’s membership includes representatives from a variety of businesses, large and small, in central and western NY as well as parts of Pennsylvania. It is open to any professional in upstate New York who is engaged in business continuity, disaster recovery, or emergency managment.
The 2020 Chapter Board
President – Kathee Tyo
Kathee is currently the Business Continuity Management Program Director at the University of Rochester. While her career started in Nursing, she has been in the business continuity field for 15 years focusing on planning and preparedness for healthcare before changing scope to building a comprehensive program for healthcare, academics and research. As President, Kathee would like to assist in diversifying the membership of the Eastern Great Lakes ACP to include other industries for sharing of best practices and benchmarking.
Vice President - Scot Peluso
Scot is a Business Continuity professional who works for Empower Federal Credit Union. He has over a decade of experience in developing Business Continuity programs in a multi-national utility and a 24-branch federal credit union. Scot has led the test phase of a new Disaster Recovery data center roll out for nationalgrid, and then coordinated all DR Testing and Business Continuity activities for their US IT department while also directing an actual recovery in place of the production data center after a failure of critical equipment caused a data center power outage. He has also significantly updated and upgraded the Business Continuity (including a major overhaul of the pandemic plan both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic) and Safety programs at his Credit Union. Scot holds a Certified Business Continuity Professional certification.
Scot is devoted to his family. He is an avid swimmer and skier, having exceeded the NY State speed limit on skis. He is an experienced gardener and a budding home chef/baker. Scot is also a certified Rescue Diver. His current passions are the guitar and learning how to make a proper vegetable beef soup for his wife.
Secretary – Cory Tylenda
Cory is currently the Business Continuity Manager at ESL Federal Credit Union
Currently the Business Continuity Manager at ESL Federal Credit Union! Prior to joining ESL, he was employed at his alma mater, the University of Rochester, as a Senior Analyst on the Business Continuity, IT Risk Management and Compliance team.
In this role, Cory was responsible for the business continuity management system of the University of Rochester which includes academic, research and healthcare, and EPIC disaster recovery planning.
Prior to joining the University of Rochester, he was employed at Paychex, Inc. as a Business Continuity analyst. His responsibilities included availability management, disaster recovery planning, and serving as the engineer/administrator of Continuity Software’s AvailabilityGuard™
Treasurer – Greig Holman
Greig is the Business Continuity Program Manager at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. He is a Bank Officer and a Certified Business Continuity Professional.
He has worked at the bank since 2012 in the Corporate Risk Department and has been a member of ACP and the EGLACP Chapter since 2015. He was the Information Director for the chapter from 2016-2017. In 2015 he was hired at CNB as the Vendor Management & Business Continuity Coordinator. Both programs have had great growth, so earlier in 2021, the bank separated the 2 jobs so now he is just the Program Manager for Business Continuity Management. He has spent many years working with the executives at the bank and enjoys working in a thriving environment with great buy-in for the Business Continuity Program from Executive Leadership.
Greig lives with his wife, Cheryl on a hill overlooking the Naples valley and hills surrounding Canandaigua Lake in Naples, NY. He has enjoyed being a Worship Leader and Small Group Leader at his local church for many years.
Director of Programs - Greg Hofferbert
I joined the Paychex BCP team via an acquisition in 2013. My first three years at Paychex was focused on Disaster Recovery of applications and data center recoveries. In 2016 I moved over to Business Continuity and primarily have done BC since. I also participated in the selection, acquisition and onboarding of two different BCP tools and one mass notification tool.
Greg CBCP certified by DRII and have been an ACP member for 8 years, either in the EGLACP chapter or the Ohio Chapter.
Public Relations – Jay Williams
Jay is a Vice President at M&T Bank
He is an Army veteran with a largely technical background. He earned his CBCP in 2011 and brings 11 years of business continuity management experience to the chapter. Jay has benefited greatly as an EGLACP member since 2007 and is grateful for the opportunity to give back and serve in this position. He is currently completing a business degree at SUNY ESC, while managing the planning team for M&T Bank and patiently enduring the teenage years of his three children. His focus while serving is to maximize the collaborative value provided to ACP members individually, the companies they represent and the communities in which they live.
Director of Information – Jay Reece
Jay currently works at Paychex as a Senior Business Continuity Analyst
Jay is a lifelong resident of Rochester, NY. He currently works for Paychex as a Business Continuity Analyst. At Paychex his responsibilities focus primarily on Disaster Recovery and include the development, implementation, exercising and maintenance of the business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
Membership Director – Shari Vail
I have been with BCBSWNY for 10 ½ years in varied capacities such as IT project management, business relationship scoping for new programs and currently as IT Service Continuity Manager. Being in numerous roles has offered me the chance to learn in depth knowledge about the business areas. Services I currently perform across the organization cover business continuity, disaster recovery and other support efforts. I handle training for plan building within the system and perform DR exercise tracking of issues/lessons learned. Additionally, I provide administration for the BC DR software system.
I have served on the EGLACP Board in a few different roles over the years since 2003. EGLACP has offered me a wealth of knowledge. I also have served on the Blues Association Business Continuity Board in various roles including coordination for their annual BC DR conference in Chicago IL.
My prior work efforts included providing BC & DR Services in the Automotive Industry involving annual mass notification call tree exercises, tracking plan activity globally and a few other areas of expertise.
Education and Seminars Director - Kathy Clark
I’ve built my career at Paychex the past 17 years. In that time I worked over 10 years in the business including product and service operations, my final 2 years I established our Voice of the Customer program. The past 5+ years I had the opportunity to work in IT Operations and Service Management, leading teams responsible for offline backups, scheduling, monitoring and now BCP/DR. My passion for the customer experience coupled with my experience in IT has led me to my current role as BCP/DR manager and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Holding a board position is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a community that I view as a highly valuable resource in developing and educating our local continuity professionals.
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