Director, Business Continuity Office, Marriott International
Mitzi Harlor, CBCP, has been a business continuity practitioner for nearly 20 years and is currently the Director of Business Continuity Planning for Marriott International. She is proud to be a charter member and former Vice Chair of DRI Foundation’s Women in Business Continuity Management Committee and received DRI Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in 2022 for her commitment to growing networking and professional development opportunities for women within our industry.
Prior to her role with Marriott International, Harlor led business continuity efforts for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals’ North American Continent team and was a Senior Consultant with SunGard Availability Services. Harlor has spoken at several industry conferences, is certified in crisis communications through FEI Behavioral Health, and serves as the Director of Strategic Alliances for the Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association as well.
Harlor graduated summa cum laude from Washington, D.C.-based American University and remains in the DC area with her husband and children.
Vice Chair, Scholarship Lead
Program Manager for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery, Staples Inc.
Leah Sawyer has been working in the business continuity and crisis management field for over twenty years. Currently the Staples Inc. Program Manager for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery, she focuses on helping the company remain resilient in the face of emergencies. Sawyer leads the Crisis Management Team, to take care of our people and to ensure that customers such as hospitals get mission-critical supplies when faced with crises such as pandemics, hurricanes, or wildfires.
Prior to joining Staples in 2013, Sawyer was a firefighter and EMT outside of Washington, D.C. and spent 12 years as a contractor working in Federal government Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) for a variety of disasters, starting with the Columbia Shuttle explosion. She built government Continuity of Operations (COOP) programs, managed alternate sites, and led continuity and pandemic training and exercises. Sawyer has an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University, and is certified as a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Sawyer has served on the DRI Foundation Women in Business Continuity Management (WBCM) since it began in 2017 and leads the scholarship committee.
Mentorship Lead, International Development Lead
VP of Business Resiliency Management, JP Morgan Chase
Marsha Buehler is currently serving as VP of Business Resiliency Management at JP Morgan Chase. Previously, Buehler worked for Mayer Brown, an international law firm, for five years as their Global Business Continuity Manager, where she brought a new level of maturity to their program allowing them to achieve their ISO 22301 certification. Buehler has diverse experience in financial, telecommunications, and legal industries. She has 26 years in IT project management and 11 years in business continuity with expertise in establishing and maintaining business continuity/resiliency programs.
Throughout her career, Buehler has had roles spanning resiliency, IT, Cyber Security Officer, Cyber security awareness training, marketing, and telecommunications management. She is well-versed in managing software implementations and complex IT projects to enhance and automate business resiliency systems and programs.
Buehler has a BA in Business Administration, an MA in Leadership and Management, and achieved the Master Business Continuity Professional Certification from Disaster Recovery Institute International. She also serves as an executive committee member for Women in Business Continuity Management for the DRI Foundation, managing their mentorship and membership programs, the organization’s focus is on supporting and uplifting women in the industry.
Karina de Allicon
Fulbright Scholar & Director, Business Continuity Governance, Nike
Karina de Allicon is a Fulbright Scholar and a Director of Business Continuity Governance at Nike with over ten years of experience in the field of Business Continuity Management (BCM). She has designed and implemented BCM Programs from the ground up for the financial, life sciences, and entertainment industry (20th Century Fox) and has led global, cross-functional teams through incident management efforts to effectively respond to and recover from business disruptive events. De Allicon is a Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP), ISO 22301 Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditor (CBCLA), and a FEMA Certified HSEEP Exercise Designer. She is a member of DRI’s Women in Business Continuity Management Committee as well as a published author in peer-reviewed journals and a featured guest speaker in Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) and the Governor’s Annual Emergency & Homeland Security Conference in Wisconsin.
De Allicon’s strong commitment to cultivating physical and mental well-being has inspired her to become a UCLA-Certified Mindfulness Educator (TMF) and find creative ways to “connect the dots” between mindfulness and BCM. She has leveraged her academic background and experience in the field to train executives and recovery teams on how to leverage mindfulness to optimize incident management while lowering stress and increasing cognitive functioning and effective decision-making. De Allicon has partnered with DRI to develop “Mindfulness Practices to Improve Incident Management”, the first course of its kind in the space that trains practitioners on how to optimize incident response by leveraging mindfulness tools.
De Allicon was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, and first arrived in the US thanks to a diplomatic mission with her family. She has taught Zumba at LA Fitness and now resides with her family in Southern California.
Sr. Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity, Walmart, Inc.
Robyn Kimbro joined Walmart’s Global Emergency Management organization in April 2019 as Sr. Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity. She is responsible for Enterprise Business Continuity Program Governance and strategic direction, business continuity risk management, program metrics and reporting, and provides guidance and support to Business Continuity Managers in the planning and maintenance of Walmart’s global business continuity programs. Kimbro also supports Walmart’s Global Emergency Operations Center in crisis response efforts for Walmart’s most critical business areas across the globe. Prior to Walmart, Kimbro was at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA, for 10 years where she was responsible for Business Continuity Program Governance and strategies, risk management, and crisis response. Kimbro also previously worked at Fidelity Information Services in Little Rock, AR for 17 years as Administrative
Manager and Assistant to the SVP, then moved into an Account Management role supporting financial clients in the development, implementation, and exercising of their business continuity and disaster recovery programs. Kimbro holds a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) designation, a Certified Cyber Resilience Professional (CCRP) designation, and has been a member of Disaster Recovery Institute International since 2005.
Business Continuity Analyst, Vision Services Plan Global
Santita Hyman is currently a contract Business Continuity Analyst for client VSP (Vision Services Plan) Global. Her most recent role was Business Continuity Director for Assurant, Inc. Hyman started in Business Continuity in 2005. Completing her department’s business impact analysis and business continuity plan intrigued Hyman so she transitioned from an I/T System Support Manager to a Business Continuity Planner.
Hyman enjoys business continuity because planning for adverse situations, having documented strategies, and knowing how to respond and execute recovery can make or break an organization. She finds being involved in such critical planning with others is invaluable and rewarding. Hyman loves the bonding and the relationship-building that results when a crisis occurs and everyone supports each other to “make it happen”. Hyman is thrilled and honored to serve on WBCM Executive Committee with like-minded women inspiring other women in this discipline.
Hyman currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys cheering on her high school son in varsity baseball and assisting her daughter in planning for law school. Hyman’s hobbies are growing plants, reading, creative writing, camping, and bike riding.
Past Chair and Advisor
VP, Enterprise Risk Management, Iron Mountain
Diane Doering leads the global Enterprise Risk Management program at Iron Mountain and is based in Boston, MA. She is actively involved in the implementation and alignment of Enterprise Risk with other risk mitigation programs. She recently expanded her remit to lead the Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) function as part of the Information Security risk management program. This consists of implementation of various risk frameworks, including NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework and programs designed to strengthen operational resilience and address cybersecurity risk.
Her career in leading enterprise risk, operational risk & business continuity management has spanned nearly 20 years within financial services and commercial industries including: Putnam Investments, Bank of America / Columbia Management and State Street Global Advisors. In 2011, she was recruited to develop and implement the Operational Risk program, including business continuity management, for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where she lived with her family until she returned to the states in 2016. Doering has been recognized for her track record of delivering results while creating consensus across diverse cultural backgrounds.
She currently serves as a DRI International board member. Previously, she served as Chair of the DRI Foundation’s Women in Business Continuity Management Executive Committee, a position she held for nearly 5 years. The Committee’s objective is to empower and elevate women by creating networking and professional growth opportunities. In March 2020 she received the DRI Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and commitment to helping others.
Camila Pezzutti Domingues Ishikawa
International Development and Founder of WBCM Latin America and the Caribbean
Camila Ishikawa is from Brazil and has 25 years of experience in financial institutions in audit, GRC, business continuity, crisis management, project management, and process and improvement. Ishikawa has been working in business continuity for 15 years. She is currently the International Development and Founder of WBCM in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region. Ishikawa holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. She also completed several executive courses at Kellogg, and Wharton, and holds many professional certifications including Prince2 Practitioner and ABCP.