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Profiles of Dedication: Jeyzel Rossi

07/02/2018
By Ralph Peters, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Portsmouth, Va.
Jeyzel Rossi has a remarkable passion for helping people; it flows naturally between her work as a yoga instructor and her professional support of the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP). Since 2015, she has worked at America’s first shipyard, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Recently, Rossi’s passion and proficiency earned her the distinction of being selected as the primary coordinator for ASBP blood drives at Portsmouth.

As an administrative management specialist, Rossi works for a department that is in charge of several task areas including monetary, time off and special act awards. Before receiving her promotion to primary coordinator, she served for two years as an assistant to the primary coordinator for the bi-monthly blood drives on site. In her new role as lead coordinator, Rossi serves as the communication specialist to all departmental supervisors and the chain of command to ensure maximum donor volunteer support and the necessary logistics for each drive.

Because she loves helping others, working as a lead blood drive coordinator for the ASBP is a natural extension for that.

"Not only can I lend a hand, but I know what we are giving from ourselves for a well needed cause,” Rossi said.

Rossi knows the importance of blood donation and values maintaining a safe and potent supply of blood and blood products in order to support fellow service members and their families around the world when they need it most. She has a personal understanding of it as Rossi’s husband, Navy Chief Petty Officer Rocky Rossi, and her father, Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Ragonese, are active duty.

Rossi’s commitment to helping others extends to her teaching of yoga in several regional locations with a personal goal to teach yoga in every country across the world. Rossi has a private pilot certificate and loves to travel with her husband and their two Border Collie -Jack Russell Terrier mixes, Soko and Tux.

Rossi said, “As a yoga instructor, I dedicate my life to helping and serving others.”

Of course, her dedication is not limited to the impact she has a yoga instructor. Rossi’s service has extended to the ASBP mission. The bi-monthly drives at her worksite have flourished under her support and leadership, having exceeded the donor goal for each drive conducted the past several months.

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.