Vision and Mission
Our mission and vision is creating a body of knowledge encompassing Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Risk, Crisis and Emergency Management, (Public and Private Sectors representation) and allowing members to access all needed information by networking with other professionals and gaining the necessary expertise.
The NYC Metro Chapter provides monthly current and exciting topics and interactive programs, ensuring collaboration between the Board and the Members and working all together for the success and growth of the Chapter.
To provide a forum for learning and growth, advancement, mastery and added value within the related disciplines of Business Continuity and Emergency, Incident, and Crisis Management. This forum is:
- A community...to share ideas and network with experienced professionals
- A focal point...for timely, accurate answers and sound advice
- A force...to proactively advocate for government and private industry action
- A premier source...for related industry information and education
- A virtual library...to archive and share knowledge
We view the New York City Metro Chapter as the “Chapter of Choice” in the continuity industry. We will be regarded as THE place to go for resources, networking and education.
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Andrew Smith is a senior level Executive with 24 years diversified Management experience specializing in Business Continuity Management, Disaster Recovery Planning, Crisis Management, Crisis Communication and Emergency Response, Life Safety, Third Party Vendor Risk Management, Information Technology and Information Security. He is currently serving as Director of Business Continuity Management for the Americas with MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) and held previous positions of Vice President of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Management for the Americas since 2008. Prior to that, he spent over eight years as the Vice President and Head of Technology Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Management for DEXIA (European Banking Group) in the Americas.
Andrew Smith is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) of the UK, holds an MBA in International Finance from St. John's University/Peter J. Tobin School of Business and completed an Executive program in Management & Leadership at MIT/Sloan School of Management.
Andrew Smith has been serving as the President of the Association of Contingency Planners, NYC Metro Chapter and as the Chairman of the ACP National Presidents’ Council since 2009 and is the recipient of the 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ACP NYC Metro Chapter Most Valuable Player Award. He was the founding Membership Director of the ACP NYC Metro Chapter in 2005 and served on the Board as Secretary and Program Director as well.
He is also an active member of:
- The Advisory Board for the MPA Program in Emergency and Disaster Management at Metropolitan College of New York
- The Editorial Board for Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
- NYPD Shield
- Contingency Planning Exchange
- JC Waterfront Security Group
- The Clearing House and SIFMA Business Continuity Committees
Inger Kessler is an accomplished professional with 15 years progressive experience in the retail industry.
Inger is currently Senior Manager of Business Resiliency for Macy’s, Inc. She provides direction, support and subject matter expertise to Macy’s management teams worldwide, specializing in Business Continuity and Emergency plan development, program compliance, crisis & event management and training & education. She is additionally involved in driving process improvement and implementation of program elements across the enterprise.
Prior to joining the Corporate Business Resiliency team, Inger was Senior Manager of Facilities and Business Continuity for Macy’s Private Brands Division. She has been with the company 15 years, with prior management experience in the food service industry and as a small business owner.
Inger is active in both the New York City and Long Island chapters of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), and is currently on the Board of Directors of the NYC Metro chapter, serving as Secretary. In her spare time, she is a volunteer member of the Suffolk County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Long Island.
Dan is a Business Analyst for Perrigo Pharmaceuticals located in Michigan. Prior to that position, Dan served as Product Evolution manager and as an IT Director of Clay Park Labs (Perrigo). Dan joined Agis Industries in March of 1994 as the ERP Manager and Deputy IT Director, relocating to the US in July of 2003. Before joining Perrigo (Agis), Dan spent four (4) years in South Africa (Johannesburg) as a consultant - implementing ERP systems and consulting to supply chain and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. Dan has a MBA from Humberside (UK) and a BA from Tel-Aviv University and is a certified CISSP. Dan has served as the Treasurer for the past four (4) years, at the ACP NYC Metro Chapter.
Scott Alexander has been the Membership Director of the New York City chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners since 2012.
Scott Alexander has worked in the business continuity and emergency management field for more than a decade, advising decision-makers on how best to keep their businesses running.
Alexander currently directs and manages United Rentals’ Power and HVAC division across metropolitan New York City, working with corporations, hospitals, data centers, local and federal governmental agencies, among others. He has won numerous awards for his efforts. During Hurricane Sandy, he worked extensively in New York City to ensure his clients could keep their businesses operating under immense challenges.
Alexander has a diverse business background. He lived and worked abroad in Eastern Europe for many years working on grass-roots democracy projects in dozens of former Communist countries. His travels took him to Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, among other countries that were under the influence of the former U.S.S.R.
He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Emergency Management and Business Continuity at Metropolitan College of New York.
Iris Atkinson-Kirkland began with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in 2006 in the Division of Finance as Finance Emergency Readiness and Response, Director. Iris’s disaster recovery experience dates back to 1988, while working at Bankers Trust Co. now Deutsche Bank, Iris got hercertification as Certified Disaster Recovery Planner, at that time her territory was Asia, Europe and the Continental U. S.
Iris is active in both the NYC Metro and the Long Island chapters of the Association of Continuity Professionals. She currently seats on the Board of the NYC Metro chapter as Education Director.
Iris holds an MBA in Business Administration from Dowling College and a BA in Business Administration/Accounting from St. Augustine’s University. Iris also holds various FEMA certifications: IS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 & 800 plus others, and New York State and New York City certifications. Iris is a certified Incident Command System (ICS) trainer, certified to train IS 100, 200, & 700 and has ICS trained DOHMH staff and Nassau County CERT members at Brooklyn NYCEM and Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
Iris is an active member in a number of organizations:
- · Nassau County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- · AARP volunteers as a Defensive Driver instructor.
- · Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) Counselor
- · Hempstead Chamber of Commerce & Hempstead Human Relations Council
- Lifetime member with The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., National Black MBAs, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Hempstead Branch of the NAACP.
Iris has been quoted numerous times in Black Enterprise magazine as a debt management consultant and has worked an adjunct professor for The University of Lynchburg, New York Extension. Iris is also a Notary Public and a paralegal.
Wanda Gaskin has over 17 years in the Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery field and over 20 total years in Information Technology. Previously she was 3rd level technical support for a Boutique Investment firm, where she implemented her first BC plan during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She became the informal Business Continuity Department until approximately 15 years ago when the BC department was formalized by the firm. She has been an integral part of the BC program’s development and expansion ever since. Over her tenure, she became the “Go To” person for all aspects of BC including Testing, Training, Emergency procedures, and Audits. She is also responsible for record retention within the technology department.
Wanda excels in public speaking, and enjoys taking on challenges that other people avoid. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) from the University of Phoenix and is Certified as a Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) by Disaster Recovery International Institute (DRII). She also holds additional Technical Certifications in A Plus, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Expert.
Wanda Gaskin was elected as Web Director for the ACP NYC Metro Chapter effective January 2014.
David Garland serves as Director, Disaster Recovery and Regulatory Compliance for CME Group, owner of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, New York Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. He oversees the global disaster recovery program, business continuity and disaster recovery regulatory compliance, program alignment and customer outreach. Mr. Garland also focuses on business resilience and incident response for CME Group's East Coast locations, including its New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) World Headquarters in New York City, Boston and Washington, DC. He also represents CME Group on various FS-ISAC, FSSCC and SIFMA committees and working groups. Mr. Garland serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) New York City Metro Chapter.
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Daniella Miller has 5 years’ experience in Emergency Management and Business Continuity. Previously, Mrs. Miller served 8 years in the military working with Logistics and Supplies; she played an important role in the Recovery/Mitigation of Super Storm Sandy as an Emergency Manager specialist for PCDC where she trained Nursing Homes in developing All Hazard Emergency Plans, and she designed, implemented and facilitated her first Active Shooter Table Top Exercise for Level 1 Trauma Center Bellevue Hospital.
Mrs. Miller received a BPA in Humans Services, a MPA in Emergency/Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York and is a published writer. Currently, she is certified as a 1SO 22301 Lead Auditor from ICOR and FEMA Level 1 Practitioner. She serves as the Business Continuity Manager for MACYS Inc. / Bloomingdales where she monitors over 750 locations around the world and is active in the planning/implementation of Macy’s Business Continuity Program. She enjoys initiating projects, taking on new challenges, facilitating and career coaching.
Daniella Miller was elected Director of Public Relations for the ACP NYC Metro Chapter effective January 2018.