The staff of the ABIM Foundation plan and execute the projects needed to reach the goals of the Foundation's work in advancing medical professionalism.


Daniel B. Wolfson, MHSA

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Daniel B.Wolfson is Executive Vice President and COO of the ABIM Foundation. Previously, Mr. Wolfson served for nearly two decades as the founding president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (formerly The HMO Group), the nation's leading association of not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans. During his tenure, Mr. Wolfson earned national recognition for spearheading the development of the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS™), convening the RxHealthValue coalition to provide independent information on the pharmaceutical industry, and co-sponsoring with the American College of Physicians the journal Effective Clinical Practice.

Previously, Mr. Wolfson was the Director of Planning and Research at the Fallon Community Health Plan. During that time, he led the product development team that launched the nation's first Medicare risk contract with the Health Care Financing Administration.

Mr. Wolfson received his master's degree in Health Sciences Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.

Lorie Slass

Senior Vice President, Communications

Lorie Slass is Vice President of Communications for ABIM and the ABIM Foundation. She oversees all strategic communication and outreach activities for both organizations. Ms. Slass has more than 15 years of experience in communications and public policy.

Most recently, she was a senior officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she implemented strategies and developed relationships to inform policy makers and the public on critical issues and further the impact of Pew's work.

Previously, she was Deputy Campaign Manager for Cover the Uninsured Week at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she helped plan and implement a complex public education campaign - the nation's largest mobilization effort - on behalf of the millions of Americans who lack health care coverage. As director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center's Washington, D.C. office, Ms. Slass directed media outreach and public affairs activities around various public policy issues.

Ms. Slass earned a master’s degree in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Tulane University. She resides in Elkins Park, PA.

Leslie Tucker

Vice President, Policy

Leslie Tucker serves as Vice President, Policy for the ABIM and ABIM Foundation. She is responsible for raising the profile of ABIM and the ABIM Foundation in national policy, and the broader quality and accountability arena. This includes integrating certifying specialty board assessment efforts with national quality and improvement initiatives and advancing the precepts of medical professionalism to improve performance.

Ms. Tucker has more than twenty years’ experience leading policy development, strategic advocacy and program implementation at the state and federal levels. Before joining the Foundation, she was a Senior Program Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she developed and managed a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio focused on public health and emerging technologies, and oversaw the prestigious Pew Scholars and Fellows programs in the biomedical sciences. Prior to joining the Trusts, Ms. Tucker directed the Washington Office of the Pew-funded Center for Children’s Health and Environment at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and served concurrently as Director of Environmental Health for the American College of Preventive Medicine. She left Washington D.C. for three years to lead Strategic Planning, Policy and Outreach at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services implementing welfare reform and Medicaid expansions.

Ms. Tucker’s earlier policymaking experience includes government relations and rural practice support for the American Academy of Family Physicians; senior legislative health staff to U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY); and health staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging. Ms. Tucker graduated with honors from Yale.

John Held

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Director of Communications

John Held is Director of Communications for the ABIM Foundation. In this role, he develops strategic communications initiatives to advance the Foundation’s organizational goals.

Prior to joining the ABIM Foundation, Mr. Held was Director of Communications for the American Cancer Society, where he implemented communications strategies to support the organization’s income development, mission delivery and advocacy priorities. While with the Society, his work in the communications field was recognized with first place Pepperpots for Excellence in Communications, multiple times, by the Philadelphia chapter of Public Relations Society of America.

Mr. Held earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Millersville University and is Accredited in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

Timothy J. Lynch, JD

Director of Foundation Programs

Tim Lynch is Director of Foundation Programs for the ABIM Foundation. Mr. Lynch joined the Foundation in 2010 and is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s programs related to advancing medical professionalism.

Before joining ABIM, Mr. Lynch was an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he worked on a range of health and other state policy issues. Among other projects, he was instrumental in creating an initiative designed to increase children’s access to oral health services. Earlier in his career, he served for six years as a Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. He has also worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington and Philadelphia.

Mr. Lynch graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, and received his law degree with honors from The University of Chicago Law School.

Kelly Rand

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Program Manager

Kelly Rand is a Program Manager at the ABIM Foundation. In this role, she oversees activities related to a major grant the ABIM Foundation has received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® (RWJF) to fund the expansion of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.

Prior to the ABIM Foundation, Ms. Rand worked at MANNA as its Institutional Giving and Advocacy Manager where she secured and managed its $2.5 million grant portfolio, led its local policy activities and managed its research activities. Prior to MANNA, Ms. Rand was the director for the South Jersey site of the NY/NJ AIDS Education Center (AETC). The AETC works with community clinicians to improve quality of HIV care. In this role, she worked closely with the federal and New Jersey State initiatives on Cross Collaborative Quality Improvement in the Ryan White system. She has also spoken widely and published on cultural competency in heath care, health literacy and health disparities. Other past experience includes program and advocacy work with the American Diabetes Association and writing the national newsletter AIDS/STD News Report.

Ms. Rand received her bachelor’s degree from American University in an interdisciplinary program on Communications, Law, Economics and Government, and her master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania in Medical Anthropology.