The business continuity community has suffered a terrible loss. Sue Hornstra, a current member of the Disaster Recovery Journal Editorial Advisory Board, passed away on March 12, 2021.

Hornstra, 58, of Mechanicsville, Va., was co-chair of the career advancement committee and a leader with the DRJ Mentor Program since its inception.

“Sue was a joy to work with,” said Tracey Rice, of Fusion Risk Management. “She contributed so much of her time and expertise to the DRJ Mentor Program. She believed strongly in paying it forward and being a great mentor to others. Her legacy will live on, she is dearly missed.”

Hornstra became a Certified Business Continuity Planner in 1998 and Member Business Continuity Institute in 2011. She worked both as a consultant and practitioner in the business continuity field since 1989. At the time of her death, she was director of operational risk at Citigroup in Tampa, Fla.

“Sue was a regular contributor to DRJ, spoke at our conferences, and served on our editorial advisory board many times during her career,” said Bob Arnold, president of DRJ. “She will be truly missed.”

“I was blessed to have collaborated with Sue for over 20 years within the business continuity industry,” said Jeff Dato of Volunteer Corporate Credit Union. “As a former banking contingency planner and long-time Richmonder, we had plenty in common and opportunities to share stories (and break bread) over the years. She always had a smile on her face and was willing to contribute to the greater cause (whatever it may have been). Positive attitude, extensive knowledge, and sweet personality. Sue will be missed.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or Donate Life America. Here is a link to her complete obituary.

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