The Foundation exists to promote professional and personal preparedness, response, and recovery practices through proactive, real-time engagement with organizations and communities impacted by disaster and crisis events.

With that noble mission in mind, our Board of Directors collectively represent years of experience within the fields of business continuity, disaster recovery, risk and crisis management and emergency management. We are proud that our board members embody the values, drive and responsibility to fulfill this mission whenever and wherever possible by helping communities impacted by disaster connect with relief organizations worldwide and proactive advocacy for those most in need.

Board of Directors

AnneMarie Staley 2015Chair of the Board

AnneMarie Staley, CBCP, MBCI
Global Business Continuity Manager, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

AnneMarie Staley is the Global Business Continuity Manager for AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. in New York.  AmTrust is a multinational property and casualty insurer specializing in coverage for small to mid-sized businesses. With extensive underwriting experience, AmTrust has earned a reputation as an innovative, technology-driven provider of insurance products. AmTrust is listed on the NASDAQ global market under the symbol AFSI.

Prior to AmTrust, AnneMarie was the Managing Director for Global Business Continuity Management at the New York Stock Exchange between 2000 and 2014. Due in part to her innovative management of BCM at the New York Stock Exchange, the NYSE received the NYC OEM Private Partner in Preparedness Award. Her prior fields of business experience include Law, Investment Banking and Philanthropy.

AnneMarie is Chair of the DRI Foundation; the philanthropic arm of DRI International and, Chair of the DRI Awards of Excellence Program; a program that honors and bestows awards to business continuity professionals and organizations each year at the annual DRI Conference.

Industry memberships include BCP Steering Committee for SIFMA (Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association); Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE); and Association for Contingency Planners (ACP), Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and others. She is ITIL Foundation certified and has been a certified business continuity professional (CBCP) through DRI since 2004 and is an MBCI through the Business Continuity Institute.  AnneMarie resides in Edison, NJ with her husband Kevin.

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Jerry Vevon, MBCP, CBCP, CPSCP
Senior Manager, Deloitte

Jerry has 42 years of management, leadership, and analytical experience including strategic planning, continuity of operations, business continuity planning, crisis management, assessments, and force protection. Served on active duty in the US Army as a Ranger-qualified Master Parachutist. At Deloitte, Jerry is the senior resilience practitioner in the Government and Public Services account providing focused support to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and US Census Bureau.  He has received the CIA National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, the US Army Military Intelligence Knowlton Award and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Serves as Vice Chairman of the Disaster Recovery International Foundation (DRIF). Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and Certified Public Sector Continuity Professional (CPSCP).

Alan BermanPresident

Alan Berman
President, DRI Foundation

Alan Berman is an MBCP, a member of the ASIS BS25999 technical committee, a member of the Committee of Experts for ANSI-ANAB, a former member of the NY City Partnership for Security and Risk Management and the co-chair for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation committee to create the new standard for the US Private Sector Preparedness Act (PL 110-53).  Over a career that has spanned 25 years, he has served as a President and CIO for a major financial institution, National Practice Leader for Operational Resiliency for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Global Business Continuity practice leader for Marsh.   


Chloe Demrovsky
President and CEO, DRI International

Chloe Demrovsky, CBCV, is the President of Disaster Recovery Institute International, a professional training company for Fortune 500 companies and government bodies, where she designs and implements the international market development strategy and manages a global partnership network in 50 countries. She has participated in on-site briefings for government bodies and international organizations as well as for visiting groups including the Moscow Mechanical Institute of Munitions, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East, and the Sino-Canadian Tech Exchange. She manages DRI’s Business Resilience Glossary and acts as International Editor for Thrive Magazine and Revista Thrive Iberoamerica.  She has presented at industry conferences and events on four continents, most recently on a public-private partnerships panel at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland and an impact investing panel at the University of San Diego’s Leadership for Peace and Prosperity Conference. Outside of DRI, she is an Adjunct Professor at New York University teaching a course in public-private partnerships. Her independent work focuses on private sector solutions for poverty alleviation and social inclusion.  She conducted research on economic liberalization policy in India, designed a market research survey for a non-governmental organization in Kenya, and was a member of a climate change think tank for the United Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and a Master’s in International Business from NYU.

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Michele Ostler
President, Penta Dynamic Solutions

Michele Ostler is the Venue Manager for DRI International and handles venue site management for DRI courses.

Prior to her work with DRI, Michele spent 4 years at Goldman Sachs as a Human Resources Generalist and In-House Event Planner. Following her tenure there, Michele has served as the Founder and Event Planner for Penta Dynamic Solutions – a full-service association management and event planning firm.

Michele serves on the Board of The Disaster Recovery International Foundation as well as the Manhattan Board of the American Cancer Society.

A native New Yorker, Michele holds a BA and an MA in Psychology from Marist College. Michele resides in Long Island with her husband Tony and twins Vincent and Madeline.

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Michele L. Turner, MBCP, FBCI, CISA, CRISC, GRCP
Head of Global Business Resiliency, Amazon

Michele L. Turner, MBCP, FBCI, CISA, CRISC, GRCP, has 25+ years’ experience in the areas of governance, risk, and compliance, with a Master of Science degree in Business Continuity from Norwich University.  She is the Head of Global Business Resiliency for Amazon. In this role, she has developed the framework and methodology for business continuity, and provides leadership for this team, Crisis Management and Workplace Resiliency within Amazon’s corporate environment. Prior to this, she led governance, risk, compliance and business continuity roles within Microsoft, initiating the Operational Risk Management vertical for this organization. Turner is an international speaker on the topics of business continuity, risk management, and related areas. She is a requested guest lecturer at the University of Washington on such topics as cybersecurity and operational risk, and a course instructor and Board Director for Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI). She provides input as a Director of Giving within that organization’s Foundation, and is also a member of the Conference Boards’ Business Continuity and Crisis Management Council.

General Counsel

Jeffrey Berman

Jeffrey Berman is a litigator and in-house counsel who has extensive experience with compliance, risk management and securities law. He also served as a lecturer-in-law at UCLA School of Law for several years and has practiced in both state and federal courts in New York and California. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School.

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Pascale Phelan, ABCP
Manager, DRI International 

Pascale joined DRI International in 2010 and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the DRI Foundation. Prior to joining DRI, Pascale worked in business development at CIT, GE, and the Interpublic Group of Companies. She actively participates in community service with previous engagements in Alaska, Haiti, Ecuador, and Kenya.


Development Committee
Chair: TBA

Giving Committee
Chair: Jerry Vevon
Chair: Michele Turner

Marketing Committee
Buffy Rojas
Jeffrey Holland
Kathy Acevedo

Scholarship Committee
Jim Noble
Rosemary Hartofilis
Michael Lay
Bobby Williams

Veterans Outreach Program Committee –Introducing Returning Service Members to Their Next Careers
DRI Liaison: Al Berman, DRI Foundation
DRI Foundation Representative: Jerry Vevon, Deloitte
Co-Chair: Duane Bygum, Texas, Department of Public Safety, Infrastructure Operations Division
Co-Chair: Catherine Cooper, Advocate Aurora Health
Past Chair/Special Projects: Alan Lake
Past Chair/Special Projects: Larry Chase, Citi Group, Audit Director for Global Resiliency

Volunteer Committee
Chair: Michele Ostler

Women in Business Continuity Management Committee
DRI Liaison: Pascale Phelan, DRI International
DRI Foundation Representatives: Al Berman and Buffy Rojas
Chair: Diane Doering, Iron Mountain
Vice-Chair: Mitzi Harlor, Marriott International
Committee Lead: Karina de Allicon, Edwards Lifesciences
Committee Lead: Marsha Buehler, Mayer Brown
Committee Lead: Leah Sawyer, Staples