2019 South Texas Chapter Officers

2019 South Texas Chapter Officers


Karen Wazbinski Robert Martinez Chuck Russell

Karen Wazbinski
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Robert Martinez
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Secretary & Education Director
Chuck Russell
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Kathy Williams James Mitchell Amber Kahla

Membership Director
Kathy Williams
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Program Director
James Mitchell
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Public Relations Director
Amber Kahla
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Wayne Chan

Information Director
Wayne Chan
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2019 Chapter Meetings



February 6

10th Annual Texas Technology Summit

March 12

The Art & Architecture of Powerful Crisis Communications with
Dee Dee Dochen, Principal, DDD Marketing Communications

April 18

at Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute

May 14

Gaming Theory and Exercise Constructs:
A Means To A Solid Contingency Plan
with John A. Kunert and Austin Stone, NorthStar Recovery Services

June 11

Emily Thompson,
GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center

July 9

State of the ACP and BC Market Trends
with Scott Ream & Cheyene Marling Webinar

August 13

Port of Houston Boat Tour (Field Trip)

September 10

Preparing for Pandemic Lunch and Learn
with Drs. Amy Arrington and Brent Kaziny
at Texas Children’s West Campus

October 16

Agility Recovery and TEEX facilities tours (Field Trip – College Station)

November 12

The Value of Using Twitter in an Emergency or in a Disaster
Dave Gorham

December 10

Member Appreciation Luncheon
at The Union Kitchen Washington

2018 Chapter Meetings


Program Topic



METRO Emergency Management: How we keep the region moving!

Michael L. Riggs, METRO


Hurricane Harvey: Historic Flooding and Lessons Learned

Jeff Linder, Harris County Flood Control District


Murphy Oil: Passing the Harvey Test

Jessica Jackson, Murphy Oil


Hurricane Preparedness and 2018 Season Outlook



Greater than the Sum of it's Parts

Anthony Pizzitola, Disaster Recovery Institute


Tour of Data Foundry's Houston 2 Data Center Field

Data Foundry


Business Continuity Software

Chapter Roundtable


Business Disruption Insurance

Tony Pham, Marsh Wortham


Tabletop Exercise

Chapter Roundtable


Annual Member Appreciation Luncheon


2017 Chapter Meetings


Program Topic



Tabletop Exercise/Discussion

MHA Consulting


Panel Discussion: Crisis Communications and Technology

James Mitchell, Chuck Monroe, Wayne Chan, Nick Conley


Managing Large Scale Functional Exercises

Aaron Freedkin, Angela Smith, James Mitchell


Hurricane Preparedness

Dave Gorham


The 4 Ps of Business Continuity

Chuck Monroe


Wine Tasting & Happy Hour



BCP Metrics That Matter

Chuck Russell


(Cancelled for Hurricane Harvey recovery)



Hurricane Harvey Debrief and Round Table

South Texas chapter board and members


Stories from Harvey: Maintaining Revenue Stream Amidst Historic Flooding!

Steven O'Neal


Annual Member Appreciation Luncheon


2016 Chapter Meetings

January 12 - Group Roundtable Discussion, Alicia Henderson

February 9 - How to Budget for IT Disaster Recovery, Rich Bruklis

March 8 - War Stories (Presentations of Latest Disaster Declarations), Steven O'Neal

April 12 - Crawfish Boil

May 20 - Disaster City Tour, College Station

June 14 - Hurricane Season Outlook

July 12 - Houston TranStar Traffic Emergency Management Operations Center & Harris County of Emergency Management Visit

August 9 - Roundtable Discussion

September 13 - Black Swan Solutions Webinar

October 11 - How to Get What You Need From Hotels When Your Plan (And Your Business!) Depend On It

November 8 - Active Shooter Training

December 3 - Holiday Luncheon

2015 Chapter Meetings

January 13 - Open Discussion

February 10 - Implementing Crisis Management: What It Takes To Make It Work, Pansy Brown

March 10 - A Tabletop Exercise - Come Learn and Share Lessons Learned, Angela Mestre

April 14 - Supplier Performance Management and Business Continuity - Best Practices, Joe Kanouff

May 12 - Scenario Based Mock Tabletop Exercise, Michael Herrera

June 9 - Storm Riders and Red Binderes, Anthony Pizzitola

July 14 - Data Loss Mitigation, Gordon Wingate

August 11 - Challenges in Achieving Hurricane Resiliency, Bill Read

September 8 - Business Impact Analysis Roundtable, Angela Mestre

October 13 - CenterPoint Facilities Tour, Robert Martinez

November 10 - Federal Reserve Bank Tour, Oscar Greenleaf

December 1 - Holiday Luncheon

Holiday Luncheon


Thank you all for joining us for the ACP South Texas Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon this past December 1st @ Magianno's Little Italy Restaurant.

We had such a great time seeing everyone and being able to share our professional experiences among the other many gainful discussions we had that we cannot wait for next month's ACP meeting.

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Your ACP 2015 Board Members.

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Thank you and Happy Holidays.

October ACP Chapter Meeting

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Thank you all who made it out to October's ACP Meeting, we had a great time and enjoyed touring CenterPoint's Energy Insight Center

September ACP Chapter Meeting


August ACP Chapter Meeting


Thank you all who attended the ACP meeting. A special thank you to our speaker Bill Read who gave an interesting and very educational presentation that kept all attendees intrigued and well informed.

July ACP Chapter Meeting


A special thanks to our speaker Gordon Wingate for presenting to us an interesting and very educational presentation/discussion about Data Loss Mitigations. If you missed it, don't plan on missing our next meeting. See you there!

June ACP Chapter Meeting

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Thanks to all that attended and Anthony Pizzitola for a great June meeting.

May ACP Chapter Meeting


Michael Herrera provided an excellent exercise and gave all attendees key insights to managing incidents, planning, and responding.

April ACP Chapter Meeting


Joe Kanouff gave a magnificent presentation that was very educational involving Supply Chain Management.

March ACP Chapter Meeting


Another great presentation in the books for our March chapter meeting. Thank you to all of you who attended, and a likely thank you to our speaker Angela Mestre.

February ACP Chapter Meeting

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Thank you all who attended the ACP meeting. A special thank you to our speaker Pansy Brown who gave an interesting and very educational presentation that kept all attendees intrigued and well informed.


January ACP Chapter Meeting (Roundtable Discussion)


Thank all of you who made it out to our January meeting and participated in the “Business Continuity/Emergency Management Roundtable discussion – Creating a Dialogue on Business Continuity”. We recieved a lot of positive feedback from all the members involved. Make sure you don't miss our monthly meetings!

January 14 - Peering into the Black Box: Mitigating Risk through ensuring clarity of requirements, expectations and outcomes with external suppliers, James Mitchell, BP

February 11 - Auditing Disaster Recovery As If It Matters, Harvey Nusz, Risk Management Expert

March 11 - How to Plan for the Unpredictable, the Impossible, and the Unimaginable, Roswitha Firth

April 8 - Crawfish Boil

May 13 - 2010/2011 BP Oil Spill Response, Jessica Cummings, Homeland Security Director HSSE

June 10 - Hurricane Forecasting, Frank Billingsley

July 9 - Appetizers and Drinks, Hughes Hangar

August 12 - Incident Management: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, David Balcar, IOActive

September 9 - BC Today: What Really Matters Right Now?, Alan Berman

October 14 - BCM Framework: What it Takes to Meet Regulatory and Best Practices, Lillibeth Machado

November 11 - Workplace Preparedness for a Bioterrorism Event, Harlan Dolgin

December 9 - Holiday Luncheon

Holiday Luncheon

We had a great time, like always, and we really enjoyed seeing such a great group of professionals make it out to socialize, network, and celebrate another great year with us. We look forward in seeing all of you back next month for our monthly ACP Meetings, and if you missed this great event, make sure to plan to make it out with us to our monthly meetings.

Here are some pictures of the luncheon.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

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November ACP Chapter Meeting


Harlan Dolgin

ACP October's Book Raffle Winners

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Congratulations to all winners of the Houston Emergency Preparedness Cook Books. Thank you all who attended!

For those that didn’t get their ticket drawn, an electronic version of the Cook Book can be obtained here, enjoy!

October ACP Chapter Meeting

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Charity Otwell, ABCP; Lillibett Machado, CISA CISM, CGEIT, CRISC

September ACP Chapter Meeting


Alan Berman MBCP DRII President

August ACP Chapter Meeting

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The ACP August meeting was a tour of the Port of Houston Authority that included a boat ride and several interesting presentations from our very own Port Authority personnel.

You missed it? Well stay in touch with us!

July's ACP Chapter Meeting Social Gathering


The ACP July meeting was more of a Social Gathering at Howard Hughes to network with industry professionals.

We'd love to have you join us next time!

June's ACP South Texas Chapter Meeting


Houston's very own, KPRC 2 Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley

May's ACP South Texas Chapter Meeting

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Jessica Cummings, Homeland Security Director HSSE

April's ACP South Texas Chapter Crawfish Boil

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April's ACP crawfish boil was a great success, thank you to all those that attended! We missed those of you who could not make it, but we hope to see you in our next month's meeting.

January 8 - Public Health Emergency Risk Assessment Methods & Pandemic Readiness, John Fleming

February 12 - Harris County Flood Control District Disaster Preparation, Jeff Lindner

March 12 - Approaches to Modeling Risks, Bill Keros

April 9 - Field Trip: RentSys & Disaster City, Steve O'Neal

May 14 - Panel Discussion: Debrief and Lessons Learned for May Day Exercise

June 11 - ServPro Remediation, Gary Shoemake

July 9 - Android OS - The Favorite Mobile Target, Sam Sutton

August 13 - Disaster is the New Norm, Anthony Pizzatola

September 10 - Hurricane Safety Tips, Robert Martinez & Doug White

October 8 - Differences in Fire Suppression Solutions When High Asset Equipment is Present, Matt Gallup, Firetrol Protection Systems

November 12 - Common Misconceptions in Business Continuity Planning (Join meeting with IFMA), Tom Weems, Independent Consultant

December 10 - Chapter Member Appreciation Luncheon