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AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

Learn more about AABB PEP volunteer opportunities!

AABB Committees Have Openings for 2019-2020

Committees are vital to the success of AABB. The association's committees and volunteers help ensure the information and knowledge it shares with the membership, public and media are timely and accurate.

Members who are interested in serving on a committee during the 2019-2020 association year may apply by completing the Committee Volunteer Form by Feb. 15. AABB will keep the information on file for three years. AABB also recommends that those interested in serving on a committee contact the current chair of the committee to introduce themselves, confirm there is a vacancy and describe their expertise.

Additionally, all AABB committees seek qualified junior committee members to fill standing positions. To be eligible, applicants must be a current AABB early-career member or an individual member with fewer than two years of membership who has not yet served on an AABB committee, task force or working group. AABB encourages interested members to complete the Committee Volunteer Form, selecting “Junior Committee Member” in the contact information. The application deadline is Feb. 15.

Mentoring Programs for Young Professionals

Looking for a fun way to get involved in AABB? AABB’s PEP Team has a Mentoring Program. This six month informal program matches experienced professionals with those who are new to the transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies fields. Expand your professional network, exchange information and ideas while building lasting friendships. Please complete and return the application to

For more information email our volunteer coordinator at

AABB HUB Fosters Active Discussions; Add Your Voice

Hot discussions on transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular therapies have started to appear on the AABB HUB, the association’s new online forum for AABB members. AABB encourages members to subscribe to their group(s) of choice and join in the conversation. Subscribing enables members to respond to or start a thread directly from their email inbox. Begin networking and sharing ideas with colleagues around the world.  

Social Media Collaboration

If you cannot imagine a world without social media, this opportunity is for you. AABB is seeking AABB members with deep interest and expertise in social media to help the association offer insightful content and resources via its social media platforms. Contact us for the chance to collaborate with AABB!

 Join the AABB Board, Committees and Sections

Participate in an AABB Committee or Subsection to learn about the exciting fields of transfusion medicine, patient blood management and cellular Therapies. Make an impact in the blood banking and transfusion fields while networking with fellow professionals.

Enroll in a Committee

Our committee volunteers help ensure that the information and knowledge that we share with the membership, public and media is timely and accurate. If you are interested in serving on one of our committees, please complete the Committee Volunteer Form.

Enroll in a Section

To stay up to date on the latest happenings within your field, enroll in the Cellular Therapies or Transfusion Medicine section. 

Transfusion Medicine Section
Represent the interests of Individual Members of the AABB who are concerned with Patient Blood Management and administrative, quality/regulatory, medical, scientific and technical aspects of transfusion medicine.

Cellular Therapies Section
Assist in providing guidance to the association and its membership on critical issues relating to cellular therapies, including umbilical cord blood, regenerative medicine and somatic cells.


Leadership - Run for Office

Consider this your invitation to help set the course of the association. Contact the chair of the AABB Nominating Committee and express your interest in being nominated. View information on how to submit your name to be considered for a Board position, or how to run as a petition candidate for the Board.

AABB Junior Committee Member

Are you an AABB Early Professional member or an individual member with less than two years of membership with looking to become more involved in the association? We are now taking applications for the 2018-2019 association year!  The AABB Junior Committee Member is a standing position on all committees and is a wonderful opportunity to:

  • gain experience while working within AABB committees.
  • contribute to important committee deliverables as identified by the AABB Board of Directors.
  • network and learn from fellow AABB committee members.
  • learn how the association develops policy and positions.
  • learn more about the operations of AABB as well.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current AABB Early Professional member, or individual member with less than two years of membership, and 
  • Have not yet served on an AABB committee, task force or working group.

If you meet the requirements apply today by completing the Committee Volunteer Form. Spaces limited to one junior member per committee. For more information contact

 AABB Accreditation Assessor Program

Interested in becoming an AABB Assessor?

The AABB Accreditation Program promotes the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.  It is the intent of the program that accreditation be recognized at both a national and international level.  This is accomplished by the administration of the Assessor Program.

The AABB assessors are a vital part of the AABB Accreditation Program.  AABB Assessors are highly skilled healthcare professionals from accredited organizations.  They bring their invaluable experience, knowledge and insight to AABB facilities worldwide. 

The AABB Accreditation Assessor Program provides volunteer professional training in auditing techniques, quality program and operations, and the competitive, legal and ethical issues associated with assessments.  With this training assessors are able to evaluate a facility’s Quality and Operational systems to determine whether the service they provide is appropriate and in control.  The program provides both the assessors and the facility educational exposure to new ideas with regard to quality systems.

The AABB Accreditation Assessor Program has been granted accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua)

Interested in becoming an assessor? Review the Assessor Qualifications and Requirements documents to determine if you qualify.

We are no longer accepting applications for the AABB Assessor Program for 2018.

 National Blood Foundation (NBF)

Established in 1983, the National Blood Foundation (NBF) is a program of AABB that serves the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies through grant making, educational offerings and industry leadership engagement and recognition. In order to carry out our mission of fueling innovation in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies for the benefit of patients and donors, NBF raises money from AABB members, both institutional and individual, corporations, foundations, and others. As AABB’s foundation, NBF is authorized to use the AABB’s 501(c)(3) status.

For over thirty years our early-career grant program has funded more than 200 investigators – many are now subject matter experts and leaders in their fields. Initiated in 2015, the Strategic Research and Education Grants Program supports initiatives that reinforce AABB’s mission and projects are identified by the AABB Board of Directors. Initial grants generated professional education resources in cellular therapies and supported research and data collection activities within donor hemovigilance and patient blood management.

NBF Board and Committee Nominations

The NBF is governed by a Board of Trustees and works in conjunction with the NBF Research and Education Trust Board of Trustees to carry out the NBF mission. Under Board guidance, the NBF Strategic Programming Committee (SPC) annually develops NBF’s strategic program offerings and industry opportunities. The NBF can use your leadership in any one of these capacities. Please read the role descriptions and complete the nomination form to be considered for a board or committee position.

NBF Event Volunteers

In addition to our grant programs, the NBF supports transfusion medicine and cellular therapies by hosting various educational meetings and special events throughout the year. These events are possible due to terrific on-site volunteer support. We are always looking for volunteers and can use your help! All volunteers will receive information and any necessary minimal training. Please consider volunteering some time at one of NBF’s special events. It is a great way to meet colleagues and support AABB.

To become involved in NBF’s special events and be added to our volunteer list, please complete this volunteer form and email it to

 PEP Rising Star/Shining Star Awards Program

The AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is excited to announce the new recipients of Rising Star/Shining Star Awards! These bimonthly awards recognize two members of the association who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to PEP’s various volunteer opportunities. Below are the two recipients:

PEP Shining Star Awardee: Scott Koepsell, MD, PhD, FCAP

Scott Koepsell, MD, PhD, FCAP

Scott Koepsell, MD, PhD, FCAP
Medical Director, Nebraska Medicine Clinical Laboratory
Medical Director, Division of Transfusion and Transplantation Support Services
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center

“Volunteering for AABB has been an excellent experience and very rewarding on both a professional and personnel level. As an assessor, I really enjoy learning about different approaches to ensure safe and effective cellular therapies and blood products as well as getting to meet new people. As a committee member, I appreciate the opportunity to add a voice from a hospital-based transfusion and cellular therapy service in addition to absorbing as much information as I can from experts in the field.”

PEP Rising Star Awardee: Celeste Dean-El

Celeste Dean-El, MS, BB(ASCP), SBB(ASCP)

Ms. Celeste Dean-El, MS, BB(ASCP), SBB(ASCP)
Immunohematology Supervisor
Cleveland Clinic

“I absolutely love volunteering for the AABB. I was able to get familiar with transfusion medicine compliance all while getting used to other opportunities to volunteer. I also was able to get to know other blood bankers in similar positions as mine. Working in an ever-changing field, it is wonderful to make connections.”

If you would like information about this initiative or the various volunteer opportunities that PEP has to offer, please contact

 Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights

Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights

Exciting news! AABB’s Professional Engagement Program will be showcasing all of the great work our members do for AABB and the world at large.

Our PEP Volunteer Spotlight will consist of a short Q&A with one of our members published each month in AABB News. Our members play an integral role here at AABB and we want to share their accomplishments.

Member Highlights can be any volunteer accomplishment directly involved with AABB and will change as new highlights are added. These highlights may range from publications, committee work, webinars and everything in between!

We are currently soliciting names of individuals to showcase for the coming year in either our Volunteer Spotlight or a Member Highlight capacities. If you or a fellow AABB member are interested, please email us at

Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Leane Ziebell, MSA, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)

Leane Ziebell, MSA, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)Sr Director, Quality, Patient Services,
American Red Cross

How long have you been an AABB member?

I have been an individual member since 1987, so 32 years.

What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?

I joined the AABB to serve as a volunteer “Inspector” (as we were referred to back then) and have continued in that capacity to today. There was a 7-year period where I was an AABB Staff in the Accreditation Department, so my “volunteer” status may have a been a bit gray when performing assessments or serving on AABB Committees as a staff representative.

I continue to perform the assessments assigned to me each year and am part of the cadre of VAMC assessors – specially selected based upon consistent high PAQ scores from past assessment performance. What a thrill it is to visit the VA Medical Centers around the East Coast and meet the medical professionals who care for our country’s veterans.

Since leaving the AABB staff role I have served as the quality representative on the Molecular Testing Standards Program Unit for 4 years and the newly formed Regulatory Affairs Committee going on 2 years.

What motivates you to volunteer?

This question can be revised to state “what motivates me to serve in this profession?” The answer would be “to make a positive difference.”

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

Being involved with the AABB as staff and continuing as a volunteer has afforded me the opportunity to meet and work with so many like-minded committed and dedicated healthcare professionals across the globe, not just in the United States. I can’t imagine how my career in healthcare quality would have been without this opportunity.

What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?

There are so many ways to achieve the same objectives (standards or requirements) – no one way is the right (or wrong) way. Each approach should be tailored to meet the environment within which it is being performed.

What is a hobby you like to do in your free time?

Whew – this is a loaded question. When not working or volunteering, my “down time” interests include golf and working out at least 5 times a week (a personal goal since 2017). I’m not sure anyone would call this a hobby, but as someone who is always looking to be “productive” you will find me continuously cleaning, sorting, and de-cluttering. I guess you can call that applying the 5S principals of Lean. I’m a quality professional through and through.

For more information email

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting