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
Cheryl Richards, MT(ASCP)SBB
Patient Blood Management & Transfusion Safety Coordinator, TriCore Reference Laboratories at Presbyterian, University and Lovelace Hospital Systems, Albuquerque NM
How long have you been an AABB member?
Over 40 years.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
I have volunteered as an AABB Assessor, Patient Blood Management subsection member, AABB PBM Metrics book contributor, Transfusion Medicine Hub member, and AABB Education Committee member.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I am motivated to give back to this field that I love so much and to contribute to maintaining and increasing patient safety in transfusion. It’s very motivating to work with others in transfusion medicine and patient blood management who are striving to do the same thing!
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
Volunteering has expanded my knowledge of transfusion medicine which I have been able to apply to my work. I have gained incredible friendships and colleagues world-wide through section memberships, AABB accreditation assignments and by attending AABB meetings.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
There is only an up-side to volunteering. Go for it whether joining a section/subsection group or applying to be an AABB Committee member. I have learned so much, one of which is that we all have valid and different ways to achieve the same objective, blood bankers are very dedicated to patient safety and we are all open to helping others in the field. AABB has been the leader in promoting best practices and ensuring communication lines are open.
What is your favorite food?
I live in New Mexico which has its own unique delicious style. So anything New Mexican would be my favorite food.
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