The Association began as an informal organization in 1983. The original group was formally organized in 1984 as a non-profit organization. In 1985, Articles of Incorporation were submitted to the State of California that sets guidelines for chartering chapters and the operational principles of the ACP Board of Directors. The ACP Board of Directors consists of officers who direct the business of the Association while Chapters are directed by officers who tailor activities to the needs of their membership

Chapter Executive Board

President -DeBorah Lozada

BIO: DeBorah has proven success in the design, development and implementation of enterprise continuity management programs and managing large teams of Executive Management Business Continuity Management Plan Owners.

She was the lead Corporate Project Manager in the design and implementation of the business continuity, emergency operations and crisis management programs and a team member of the emergency response program at PacifiCare Health Systems. DeBorah's current role is the Director of Business Continuity Management and Information Technology Disaster Recovery at Fox Entertainment Group, a production and broadcast entertainment leader.

DeBorah is an advocate in the business continuity community. She has served on Association for Contingency Planners (ACP) board as current President and past President, Vice President, Newsletter Director and Membership Director, is a professional trainer and keynote speaker at regional and local conferences and meetings.  She holds three certified designations, CBCP, CBRA and EACOE Certified Enterprise Architect.

Chapter President Responsibilities
The President exercises the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Presides at all meetings of the Chapter membership and Board of Directors
  • Exercises general supervision of the Chapter Board members, elected or appointed
  • Acts as the primary Chapter interface with ACP National
  • Acts as primary interface to other local and external organizations
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of all Chapter committees, voting only to break ties

Secretary - Monique Weiland

BIO: Monique has over 25 years of experience in the business continuity field in the electric industry. She is a Senior Certified Recovery Planner, has a Professional Development Series Certificate in Emergency Management from California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), and an MBA from Claremont Graduate University. Her skill set includes continuity plans, compliance and operating procedures, develop and conduct drills and exercises from functional to table top, develop and operate emergency operations centers, facilitate coordination of response, recovery, and resumption activities between internal departments and external companies, develop and conduct training, and facilitate multi-department collaboration teams from kick-off, on-going, and termination of desired goals.

She has been a member of ACP since 1997 and has served in a board capacity on the Orange County Chapter for over 20 years and is currently the Chapter Secretary. She has also served on the ACP Corporate Board for three years during a period of expansive growth and the re-branding of the organization.

Monique was invited by EUCI to develop a Pandemic Workshop as well as to participate on the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee’s Pandemic Planning Task Force. The Task Force comprised members from across the nation and Canada produced two documents now available on the NERC website: Electricity Sector Influenza Pandemic Threat Summary and Influenza Pandemic Reference Guide. She has also presented at eh American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Academy.

Chapter Secretary Responsibilities
The Secretary is the principal administrative officer of the Chapter. As such, this officer exercises the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Attends and keeps Minutes of all Chapter meetings, Executive, Board or membership in nature.
  • Gives, or causes to be given, notice of all Chapter meetings.
  • Maintains all Chapter documents in a current and accurate fashion including all Bylaws, Articles of Association, policies, and administrative procedures issued by ACP, the Executive Committee, the Board, and other membership entities.
  • In the absence of the President and Vice President, has full exercise of all fiduciary rights and powers of the President.
  • Countersigns checks presented by the Treasurer upon verification of a just and reasonable requirement for payment.
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the membership, Board, or ACP.

Treasurer - Donna Griffin

Chapter Treasurer Responsibilities
The Treasurer is responsible for recording all Chapter financial activities and maintaining all financial records with duties that include:

  • The authority to sign any check, draft or other order of Chapter payment of money. Checks must be countersigned by the President, Vice-President and/or the Secretary.
  • Maintains and prepares financial statements to the Chapter membership, Board of Directors, and ACP in such form and frequency as ACP Corporate or Chapter policy and procedures may direct.
  • Provides an annual statement of Sources and Uses to the ACP Corporate Treasurer/CFO by the end of January each year for filing with such public agencies as required preserving the ACP Corporate non-profit status.
  • Maintains records for the Chapter's Membership Points Program.
  • Maintains meeting attendance records for DRI continuing education credits. 
  • Provides for the custody and safekeeping of all Chapter securities and monies.
  • In the absence of the President, Vice President, and Secretary, has full exercise of all fiduciary rights and powers of the President.
  • Files annual statements and forms with ACP Corporate and public agencies as required by the Bylaws, Articles of Association, State and Federal laws, to preserve the Chapter's non-profit status.
  • Oversees annual audit of the Chapters financial records and processes.
  • Report changes in chapter fiduciary responsibilities and dues structure to the ACP Corporate BAO and CFO.
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the President.

Chapter Board of Directors

Program Director - Becky Christy

Program Director Responsibilities
The Program Director exercises the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Arranges Chapter speakers, panels, and topics to be presented at the Chapter's membership meetings.
  • Arranges for the meeting location, speaker audio visuals, and food service.
  • Prepares a 3-month (minimum) schedule of Chapter Member Meeting programs to be presented at the Executive Committee and Board of Director meetings.
  • Arranges Chapter speakers, panels, and topics to be presented at the Chapter's membership meetings.
  • Arranges for the meeting location, speaker audio visuals, and food service.
  • Prepares a 3-month (minimum) schedule of Chapter Member Meeting programs to be presented at the Executive Committee and Board of Director meetings.
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the President.

Membership Director - Joe Layman

BIO: Joe Layman is the Director, Business Continuity Management for Molina Healthcare and oversees the Business Continuity and Emergency Management Teams. His background spans across the primary functions of business continuity management; emergency management, disaster recovery and data center management.

Joe has a BS in Business Administration, a Master in Information Services and has numerous certifications in Business Continuity, IT Disaster Recovery (CBCP, ITIL, CRISC, CBRM, CBRITP), OSHA, and ICS.

Joe serves as the Membership Director for the Board of Directors for the Orange County Association of Contingency Planners (ACP). Joe was also a firefighter and state fire instructor for 20 years. In his spare time, he is a first lieutenant with the Civil Air Patrol in Los Alamitos and a member of the local Certified Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T).

Membership Director Responsibilities
The Membership Director exercises the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Develops new members and ensures these members receive the appropriate welcome and information on Chapter meetings and activities.
  • Works with the Chapter Treasurer to make sure new and renewal member dues are recorded properly in chapter financial records.
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the President.

PR Director - Alan Snyder

PR Director Responsibilities
The PR Director exercises the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Manages the publication of Chapter meetings in general public and industry trrade sources to promote the activities of the Chapter
  • Works with the ACP National Public Relations Director for the development of Press Releases unique to the ACP OC Chapter
  • Coordinates the promotion of the Small Business Continuity Planning Program through local city Chambers of Commerce and other entities
  • Solicits advertising space and/or negotiates equitable trade of goods or services for the Chapter
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the President

Information Director - Susan Zielan

Information Director Responsibilities
The Information Director  exercises the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains an email distribution list for the weekly eNews letter.
  • Soliciting input, performing research, composing, editing and emailing weekly eNews to all on the email distribution list.
  • Gives notice of all Chapter meetings as part of the content of the weekly eNews.
  • Develops an on-going repository of reference information relating to contingency planning and business recovery and includes it in the weekly eNews.  Provides this list quarterly (or at other intervals mutually agreed upon) to 1). the Web Director where it is posted on the ACP OC Web Site and 2). the Newsletter Director. 
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the President.

Website Director - David Tanaka

Website Director Responsibilities
The Website Director exercises the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Designs, maintains and publishes the Chapter Website
  • Responsible for the content, administration and maintenance of all information published on the Chapter website.
  • Works with other Chapter Board Members in gathering pertinent news, topics and general membership information.
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the President