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AABB Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

Learn more about AABB PEP volunteer opportunities!

Apply to be on an AABB Committee in 2018-19

AABB Committees are a vital link to the success of the association! Our committees and
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 for the 2018-2019 Association year, please complete the Committee Volunteer Form. You can complete this form at any time during the year, and your information will be kept on file for three years. AABB also recommends that those interested in serving on a committee should contact the current chair of the committee to introduce themselves, establish the existence of a vacancy, and describe their expertise.

Additionally, committees are in search of qualified Junior Committee Members to fill standing positions on all AABB committees! Eligible members must be a current AABB Early Career member, or individual member with less than two years of membership who have not yet served on an AABB committee, task force or working group. Apply through the Committee Volunteer Form and select “Junior Committee Member” in the contact information.

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 PEP@aabb.org.

For more information email our volunteer coordinator at PEP@aabb.org.

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 Career 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 Career 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 pep@aabb.org.

 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.

 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 nbf@aabb.org.

 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: Aby J. Mathew, PhD

 

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
BioLife Solutions, Inc.

“My first AABB Annual Meeting was in 2006, and I have been an AABB member and attended every AABB Annual Meeting since 2008. In 2010, I began participating in the Cellular Therapies Section, and joined the Product Manufacturing and Testing and Novel Therapies and Product Development subsections. Over the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of Chairing and/or Speaking within multiple AABB Annual Meeting sessions discussing Biopreservation, contributing to the AABB publications Practical Handbook of Cellular Therapy Cryopreservation and Cellular Therapy: Principles, Methods, and Regulations, 2nd Edition, as well as contributing faculty modules to the AABB Cellular Therapies Certificate Program. In my role as Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at BioLife Solutions, Inc., I have also been a proponent of supporting the AABB Cellular Therapies Annual Meeting Sizzling Hot Topics Luncheons and Cellular Therapies Section Business Meetings. Over the last few years, I have been privileged to serve on the Program Planning Committee for the International Cord Blood Symposium, as well as Chairing and Speaking within several ICBS sessions. All of these mechanisms of participation within AABB have given me tremendous rewards in being able to learn so much from others in the field, and build both professional relationships and personal friendships. I look forward to many more years of being a part of the AABB community."

 PEP Rising Star Awardee: Ronit Slotky, PhD, MSc

Ronit Slotky, PhD, MSc
Supervisor - Cellular Therapy Laboratory
Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy
New York Presbyterian Hospital - WCMC

"Have been an active member of AABB for more than a decade, collaborating with other members on multiple issues affecting cellular therapy laboratory operation, to improve processes quality and patients’ outcomes. A member of the CTSCC committee and serves as a leader of the Product Manufacturing and Testing (PMAT) sub-section. Chaired and served as a speaker in multiple annual meeting sessions.“

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

 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 PEP@aabb.org.

Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Tami Yonke

Tami Yonke, MT(ASCP)SBB, MEd Tami Yonke, MT(ASCP)SBB, MEd, Information Support Specialist, St. Louis Cord Blood Bank

How long have you been an AABB member?

15+ years in the late 1980s and 1990s and 3 Years since I became active again.

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

Since I have become active again, I have served as a member of the faculty of the new Cellular Therapies Certificate Program.  I currently serve on the CT Education Committee and IS Committee.  At the last annual meeting, I attended the training session for new assessors, recently completed my trainee assessment and hope to be an official AABB Cord Blood Bank Assessor soon.

What motivates you to volunteer?

While part of my motivation is altruistic with the hope that my many years of blood banking experience in hospital transfusion and donor centers will benefit those that I work with in cellular therapy, I also gain satisfaction from the skills gained and accomplishments achieved through my committee work.

How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?

My volunteer work has allowed me to create a network of colleagues as valuable resources for questions and concerns within the field.

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

There is a niche for everyone as a volunteer within AABB.  The knowledge and experience of this organization is immense.  For anyone on the fence about volunteering, I would use NIKE’s slogan, “JUST DO IT.”

What is a fun fact you would like people to know?

In between my careers of blood banking and cord blood banking, I went back to school, got my MEd (at the same time that I was a first year teacher) and spent seven years as a middle school science teacher.

For more information email PEP@aabb.org.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Member Engagement at the 2014 Annual Meeting