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.
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
Director, Regional Blood Center
How long have you been an AABB member?
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
I began volunteer service with AABB in 1991 on the Continuing Education Committee. I eventually chaired that group in 1995 and then again in 2005 to 2009 when it was called the Distance Learning Committee. I also served on the Annual Meeting committee from 1995 to 2001. I served on the AABB Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004. Most recently, I have been a member of the Selection of Abstracts Committee as well as an active member of the Patient Blood Management subsection.
What motivates you to volunteer?
The value of our profession in serving donors and patients drives me. Most of my volunteer work has been in educational areas intended to equip others in the industry to be their best and have the knowledge to perform best practices in collecting, selecting and transfusing blood. I serve as the co-chair of the Blood Management Collaborative for our 8-hospital system and it is very fulfilling to see the changes we can make in practices that serve our patients.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
I have been so fortunate to interact with so many amazingly talented individuals, all of which were and are gracious when I pick up the phone to ask a question. You are never alone when you have a strong network which is the biggest benefit of AABB membership.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
I think I’ve learned how to evaluate information more critically, what sources of information to access when needed and the breadth of our professional field. My volunteer service with AABB also has prepared me to volunteer elsewhere in the industry. I currently serve on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee for CDC which is a wonderful opportunity to make contributions to a broader area of laboratory science.
What is your favorite sport?
I live in Colorado, so of course skiing! I hike in the mountains every weekend when I am not skiing. Western Colorado and Eastern Utah have stunning scenery and national parks that everyone should come out and visit.
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