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
Lead Medical Technologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida
How long have you been an AABB member?
I joined AABB in 2016 right before I attended my first conference in Orlando, Fl.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
I’ve been a member of PEP for two years. My first year I was a mentee and this year I am the proud mentor of an awesome blood banker based in Canada.
What motivates you to volunteer?
When I first started off in the Blood Bank industry almost 10 years ago, I was unsure if this field would be the right one for me, but I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who loved this field wholeheartedly. Those people who took the extra time to expose me and teach me the intricate details of this field, from the psychology that goes behind a blood donation to the complicated workups that lead to exciting and rare antibodies and every little detail in between is what motivates me. Volunteering is my way of saying thank you to all the people who guided me, motivated me and inspired me to love and excel in this field. It’s easy to take what we do for granted, and my hope is that, by volunteering I can help inspire someone to love this field as much as I do and to realize how utterly amazing this field truly is.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
As a blood banker in a hospital it can be so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day challenges of your routine work that you lose sight of the field as a whole. Volunteering motivates me and engages me to continue growing and understanding the industry trends and needs. By volunteering with AABB, I keep an open and engaged mind to the challenges and successes of the field. Volunteering has also helped expand my network and allows me the opportunity to connect with others who I may have never crossed paths with otherwise.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
By volunteering with AABB I have learned how many incredible people there are in this industry, in the US and internationally-and knowing them has encouraged me to continue growing, expanding my knowledge and network in this field-I have also learned how important it is to encourage anyone who shows any passion in this field to always pursue more and challenge themselves routinely. My advice to anyone interested in volunteering is to just do it! I know it’s cliché but you’ll always wish you had done more sooner and you’ll never look back and regret having done it. There is so much to learn in this field and the sooner you volunteer-the longer you have being apart of this amazing organization.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Athens, Greece but if I have to settle for one of the beautiful Greek islands instead, than I guess it’s a sacrifice I’d be willing to make.
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