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Desere Cardona - CARMA. New York, NY, US

Desere Cardona

Chief Executive Officer | CARMA


Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning Professional



Deseré Cardona, is the founder and Chief Continuity Officer at CARMA which stands for Continuity And Recovery Management Associates. Deseré is a Master Business Continuity Planner (MBCP), certified through DRI International and is also a member of the BCI (MBCI). She is a veteran in the industry with over twenty years' certified experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and Barclay's Capital on a global basis. She has developed software tools to help large organizations centralize their disaster recovery technology specifications that allowed for better control and planning of all aspects of critical infrastructure. Her expertise includes Crisis Management, Project Management, Awareness Training, and Client/Vendor Relationship Management. During Hurricane Sandy, Desere’ assisted over 25 companies and over 300 employees to recover on Long Island. From that experience she became impassioned to help organizations help their employees become prepared at home thus enabling business to be to be better supported during a crisis. During the week of Sandy, she launched CARMA. She is now working on developing a tool to assist employer’s support their employee’s preparedness at home on a global basis.

Industry Expertise (3)

Business Services


Financial Services

Areas of Expertise (3)

Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery

Emergency Planning

Accomplishments (3)

Chief Continuity Officer / Chief Executive Officer (professional)


Founder of CARMA. Launched the Continuity And Recovery Management Association is dedicated to helping business prepare to keep their businesses running during a crisis and focusing on their employee preparedness at home.

Superstorm Sandy Recoveries (professional)


Facilitated the recovery of 25+ businesses and approximately 300 users during Hurricane Sandy. Coordinated the buildout of 150 recovery seats. Managed the buildout of recovery suite for a major airline.

Master Business Continuity Planner (professional)


Achieved the Master level certification through the Disaster Recovery International Institute. Less than 300 Master level certifications throughout the United States!

Education (2)

DRII: Master Business Continuity Planner, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery 2013

Queensboro Community College: Computer Programming, Technology 1990

Affiliations (5)

  • Association of Contingency Planners
  • Contingency Planning Exchange
  • Business Continuity Institute
  • Disaster Recovery Institute International

Event Appearances (5)

Superstorm Sandy Lessons Learned

PwC International Business Continuity Conference  Costa Rica


Sandy Lessons Learned

SCORE - Sandy Lessons Learned  SCORE - Melville Long Island


Technology Challenges in Business Continuity - Panel Discussions

Contingency Planning Exchange - Half Day Quarterly Event  JPMorgan, Brooklyn NY


Panel Discussion - Sandy Lessons Learned

NYBA Annual Conference  Tarrytown NY


Testing 101

Contingency Planning Exchange - Full Day Quarterly   Credit Suisse - New York


Sample Talks (1)

Business Continuity Planning and Preparedness

Focus on helping business understand the need for resiliency planning, testing, training, crisis management and communication and focus on employee preparedness at home.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


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