ACP An Investment in Your CareerThe 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 San Francisco Bay Area ACP Chapter serves the continuity professionals of the greater Bay Area. Our members come from both the private and public sectors and are involved with diciplines such as business continuity, emergency mangement, cyber security, physical security, and supply chain resiliency. 

Our Chapter's Vision Statement: San Francisco Bay Area ACP Chapter is a leading Bay Area organization providing opportunities for professionals to connect and grow through an innovative knowledge network to meet the resiliency demands of today and tomorrow.

ACP membership is open to anyone with an interest in or responsibility for the varied aspects of contingency planning.

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Our members come from both the private and public sectors. Their job responsibilities include:

  • Business Continuity
  • Emergency Management
  • Enterprise Resiliency
  • Cyber Security
  • Physical Security
  • Supply Chain Resiliency




ACP San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco, CA 94103
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President - Karen Lowham

Biography coming soon


Secretary - Ray Bonilla 

Ray BonillaRay 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 - Ashley (Asawari) Kulkarni 

Biography coming soon


Membership Director - Michele Heckle 

Michelle HeckleMichelle D. Heckle, CHEP, started her career with Kaiser Permanente.  After spending nearly one-quarter of a century with Kaiser Permanente in varying leadership positions, Michelle accepted a new role with Children’s Hospital & Research Centre Oakland Emergency Management in 2009.  UCSF and Children’s Oakland began an affiliation in 2014 and Michelle became Emergency Management Officer.  During the transition to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Michelle accepted a new position as Director-Homeland Security Emergency Management Division, UCSF Police Department.  As Division Commander, Michelle leads UCSF Emergency Management enterprise in local, state, national and global matters affecting UCSF assets, people, and programs.  She currently sits on numerous leadership boards and chairs a variety of professional committees.  Michelle specializes in pediatric disaster and serves as pediatric disaster champion.  Outside of her role with UCSF, Michelle serves as City of Lafayette Emergency Preparedness Commissioner.  Michelle and her spouse share five children, together serve their community, and travel via glamorous camping with dog in tow when they can! 


IT Director - Lauren Doud 

Biography coming soon


Membership Coordinator - Roland Kelly 

Biography coming soon


Newsletter Coordinator - Uma Danday 

Uma Danday born and raised in India, is now living in the United States for 20+ years. A software professional turned in to a Business Continuity professional practicing the custom for 13+ years. Trained in robust BC/DR practices at Franklin Templeton Investments, she has a strong background in some of the top market tools for BC/DR, Crisis Management, Business Continuity Planning, IT Disaster Recovery planning, BC/DR/CM exercises planning and execution, Vendor risk assessment reviews, BIA. She has been instrumental in establishment of a Business Continuity program at Hitachi Data Systems with a strong focus on their Crisis management program. Added to her accomplishments are enhancement of BC/DR program at Bank of the west, a Master’s in Computer applications, CBCP from DRII, working as a Marketing coordinator appointed by Business Recovery Managers Association Board of Directors.

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.