Each month we'll introduce you to a member of the Affiliated Monitors team.
Learn more about AMI through the expertise, experience and outside interests of our employees.

alan van tassel

Alan Van Tassel

Alan joined AMI in November, 2021 as a Compliance and Monitoring Associate.

Mr. Van Tassel received his BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In which of AMI's service areas have you worked? What are some of your most interesting cases?

Due to my background in healthcare, thus far I have been primarily involved with a variety of practitioners in different parts of the country, such as physicians. I am also working with a number of corporate healthcare organizations that provide community services, such as home health and elder care. These professions involve vulnerable populations, making these projects very meaningful and rewarding experiences.

What aspect(s) of AMI's work are you personally most passionate about, and why?

For two decades, my professional focus was on investigation and enforcement. It was my role to figure out if a licensed professional had committed a violation of a statute or regulation, and to build cases for prosecution. What I like so much about Affiliated Monitors is that my focus has now shifted to helping licensed professionals be the best versions of themselves. When I help a person or a business improve the way they function, and solve issues that may be holding them back from reaching compliance goals, then everyone wins. A professional who operates in an engaged and proactive ethical culture provides a foundation of benefits that carries over to their clients, customers, or patients.

In what ways does your personal expertise complement our services?

In my professional career, I have worked directly with dozens of professional licensing boards, as well as numerous state and federal agencies. I understand what licensing boards are looking for when they pursue monitoring solutions for their licensees, because that was my environment for two decades. I also understand the lens through which government enforcement personnel view a disciplinary matter. I use that knowledge to help our clients successfully meet the terms of monitoring agreements, while ensuring that the ultimate goals of licensing authorities are equally met so that any settlement or order has a successful conclusion for all parties.

Based on your experiences, what would you like prospective clients to know about AMI?

You won’t find a more dedicated group of people in this profession. We’ll turn over every stone to find the solution that works best for each client. We’re fair, and we treat people the way we would want to be treated. When a client may feel overwhelmed at where to begin, we are going to be there every step of the way providing guidance and support. From a personal perspective, I also value working in an environment with such extraordinary depth of talent and experience. I encourage every prospective client to visit the impressive profiles of my colleagues on our website.

You won’t find a more dedicated group of people in this profession. We’ll turn over every stone to find the solution that works best for each client.

Do you teach and/or conduct seminars, speak at conferences, or serve on boards?

Since 1998, I’ve been on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit senior housing development in Massachusetts, which has been a very fulfilling experience with a group of really dedicated members of the local community. Our primary focus is low-to-moderate income seniors, who we subsidize so as to provide them with the same independent residential lifestyle opportunities as those with higher incomes. In the past I also taught a civics class for members of the Vietnamese community in Springfield, MA who were pursuing citizenship. I had great admiration for the students in these classes, who were of every age, background, and status. They were universally avid learners, and it was rewarding to be a small part of their journey.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I most enjoy spending time with my wife and also my twin sons, both of whom are soon to be seniors in college. We like finding new places to visit, and one of our best family adventures was traveling around South Dakota’s “Great 8”, visiting Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, and even the Oglala Grasslands of Nebraska where you can really appreciate the meaning of solitude. There’s also nothing like the sound and scent of the ocean, and we’ve enjoyed the Atlantic coast from Ogunquit in the north to Tybee Island in the south. My wife and I even got engaged on a beach, under the clay cliffs of Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard. In general I like to be outdoors, and my local favorites would be spending time on a tennis court, reading a book in the backyard, and heading out to a rail trail with my bike. Spending a few hours on the scenic trails of western New England is always a win both physically and mentally.

Alan and his wife Jennifer.