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
Patrick Ooley, MS, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE
Senior Corporate Director, Quality for Vitalant
How long have you been an AABB member?
I think I became an AABB in 1988 or 1989 but was well aware of AABB prior to that dating back to my Medical Technology internship. I still have my Technical Manual from the mid-80’s! (It was smaller then!).
My first AABB Annual Meeting was in Kansas City (probably 1988 or 1989). I was in awe of the scope and offerings. The AABB Technical Manual and Standards were real! I knew I needed to be a part of the association in some capacity.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
I have been blessed to be connected to great leaders in the industry and great staff at AABB who have enabled me to become involved in a number of AABB activities. I am currently the Chair of the BBTS standards committee (outgoing actually). I have worked with standards in a variety of capacities over the past several years – several editions ago. I also have worked on the Accreditation Program Committee (my first role was to help transform the former I&A program into the accreditation program). Other groups include the COI task force, bacterial contamination work group, Standards Program Committee, Fundamental Standards Committee, International Variance Committee, Annual Meeting Education Committee, and the Abstracts Committee. I am also an assessor.
Through Standards committee I have been fortunate to speak on AABB telecons, at the annual meetings and most recently via an ecast/podcast. AABB works hard to get informant out to its members – I am glad to be a part of that.
What motivates you to volunteer?
The principle motivator is the great feeling you get when you are able to roll up your sleeves and get to work to help transform, develop and guide others. I am motivated to improve what we do to help ensure the safety of donors and the patients we serve. Added to that is the opportunity to listen to members – individual and institutional and be a conduit to have voices heard. It is rewarding to me to improve what the AABB does and offers for the benefit of our 3 populations: donors, patients and members.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
AABB has had an amazing impact. My involvement has helped me to not only improve my work and develop my career but also form invaluable connections. I have crossed paths with innumerable great thought leaders, quality gurus, and transfusion medicine experts that it is humbling. And from each I have learned something – whether a new way to look at a process or concept or a new idea that changes how our industry works. These different perspectives bring value to our industry – and helped me shape my views. A side benefit has been to really get to know the AABB staff – the behind the scenes work at the national office – from the accreditation process, planning the annual meeting or setting standards. (Special Shout Out to the Standards department! Our standards take a long journey to become final!)
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
I’ve learned much; however, some of the more significant learnings are to listen, learn and step-up. Listen to others that you have an opportunity to work with or to become engaged with through the volunteer process. Hear their thoughts and ideas and build on them. Take what you learn, add your own experiences and ideas and then step forward. Don’t be afraid to be on a team or committee. And when you do – speak up! A committee, work group, task force or team is an active entity – all voices count – including yours!
What is a fun fact you would like people to know?
Outside of work I have two favorite “D’s” – Disney (World, Land, etc it does matter! My family and I are Disneyphiles. Disney has a lot of application to what we do.) And the second D: “Depeche Mode”. DM is an alternative / electronic music group from England. Depeche was popular in the 80’s/90’s but still creates music today. Nothing beats DM after a difficult day!
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