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 lunch member appreciation event.  We invite you to attend our next meeting and look forward to meeting you!

Please contact the Web Resources Director if you require assistance with the website.

  Your 2021 Chapter Board of Directors

President - Steve Westwood

President Elect - Joanne Storbeck

Secretary - John Padilla

Membership Director - Joanne Storbeck Interim - OPEN

Program Director - Liz Brainard

Treasurer - Susan Czarnowski 

Information Director - OPEN

Public Relations - Maggie Mancillas

Web Director - Monique Hafler

Past President - Ed Simko 



2021 Central AZ ACP


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To see a community crime map where you can see all of the reported crimes close to your home or business, go HERE.  Very informative and eye opening!


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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Have a Question?


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

Frequently Asked BC/DR Questions and the Entire BC Glossary




SUSAN CZARNOWSKI selected Most Valuable Player (MVP) for 2020!!



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Chapter informaton, meeting presentations, reports, articles, and other pieces of information are located under RESOURCES.


Minutes from chapter meeting are also located under the RESOURCES.


Happy March 2021 fellow Central Arizona Association of Continuity Professionals!

Pretty exciting times for business continuity professionals so far this year. Over the last two months we have seen our peers respond to incidents from our nation’s capital, SolarWinds cyber- attack, personal preparedness planning issues, mass casualty traffic accidents, food and natural gas shortages, and millions without power, water and the ability to continue day-today operations. Not the way most of us wished to see this year start out.

On a positive note we are witnessing a positive trend in the case rates per 100,000, percent positivity, and COVID-like illness as a percentage of hospital visits as reported by Maricopa County Public Health tracker. Too, the number of vaccinations administered are on the rise due to the efforts of many healthcare professionals to rollout COVID-19 vaccinations for Phase 1A and 1B eligible individuals at large venues, local pharmacies, and mobile resources.

On March 2, I volunteered with the Arizona State University Research Enterprise (ASURE) in a non-clinical role supporting the Phoenix Municipal Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site staff.

Following my shift, I was able to receive the first round of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. I’ll let you know soon how that went. I’m hopeful and optimistic that if we all do our part we will persevere.

To wind down this communication I hope you were able to watch some of the Mars 2020 NASA rover landing on February 18. Talk about Perseverance (pun intended), a team of dedicated people set their site high and launched a terrestrial rover and small robotic helicopter to Mars on July 30, 2020.When Perseverance landed, I watched a media feed, sweaty palms, anxious and hopeful for success. When it landed successfully, I had tears of joy pouring from my eyes and as my body relaxed, I felt pride fill my heart. This team success is what I needed to see to restore my soul.

My sincere wish is that each of you find a little something that lifts you up and makes you feel part of something amazing. We’ve all had trying times this last year, professionally, personally, perhaps lost a loved one or suffered in some way. Stay strong find the beat again and get back to your best you! Persevere my fellow members… I believe in each of you.


Steve Westwood

Central Arizona ACP 2021 President






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