Achievement Awards

Each year, the Nominating Committee seeks recommendations for individuals deserving of being recognized within the categories of our recognition program. Nomination is a way to recognize excellence at every level within our association, and we welcome all eligible nominations.

For questions or to submit a nomination, contact the MNHIMA Past President, MNHIMA Executive Director or your Region’s President.

Nominations are accepted during the Winter and awarded at the Annual Meeting in the Spring.

Distinguished Member

The Distinguished Member award honors those whose dedication to the profession has been demonstrated through exemplary work, service, achievement or lasting contribution to the HIM profession in a tangible way.

Eligibility: Nominees must have been an active member of MNHIMA for five (5) years or longer, and be members at the time of nomination. The nominee must have an outstanding contribution to our profession in one (1) or more of the following areas: volunteer service to our organization, outstanding achievement in professional practice, dedication to education, contributions in research or published materials.

2021 Distinguished Member Recipient
— Jean MacDonell —

View Our Distinguished Member Recipients
Year Recipient
1984 Shirley Eichenwald
1986 Karel Weigel
1989 Sr. Anna Hillenbrand
1990 Carolyn Valo
1991 Legal Manual Authors (Mary Lambert, Joanne Yohn, Sandie Helgeson, Sue Gentilli, Irene Meier, Anne Tollefson)
1992 Kathy LaTour
1993 Stella Townsend
1994 Pat English
1995 Lorraine Hoogeveen

Michelle Dougherty

LTC= Sr. Anna Hillenbrand

1998 Diane Holmgren
1999 Betty Myers
2000 Elaine Yaggie
2001 LaVonne Wieland
2002 Joanne Valerius
2003 Colleen Malmgren
2004 Mark Dietz
2005 Mary Lambert
2006 Therese McCarthy
2007 Suzanne Powell
2008 Karyn Mikel
2009 Myrna Wells-Ulland
2010 Anne Tegen
2011 Diane Larson
2012 Stephanie Luthi-Terry
2013 Carolyn Gaarder
2014 C. Jeanne Solberg
2015 Gina Sanvik
2016 Vicki Zeman
2017 Marsha Holey
2018 Sue Nathe
2019 Diana Warner
2020 Danika Brinda
2021 Jean MacDonell


Rising Star Professional

The Rising Star Professional award recognizes professionals new to the field who demonstrates progressive leadership in and commitment to the future of the HIM profession.

Eligibility: Nominees must be an active member of MNHIMA and be employed in an HIM-related field or position. Nominees must have earned and maintained at least one AHIMA-approved credential, and have been employed for five (5) year or less from the date of credential award. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the future of the HIM profession through excellence in the workplace and/or participation in local, regional, state, or national related HIM activities.

2021 Rising Star Award Recipient
— Jera Van Damme —

View Our Rising Star Recipients
Year Recipient
2017 Brandi Bierbrauer
2019 Nick Procaccini
2020 Sandra Rasmussen
2021 Jera Van Damme


Outstanding Student

The Outstanding Student award recognizes students who are demonstrating excellence, leadership and commitment to the HIM profession and their future career.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a student member of MNHIMA, currently enrolled in and beyond the first 2 quarters or semesters in their CAHIIM accredited program or AHIMA approved coding program, at a grade point equivalent of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, and have demonstrated the qualities of leadership and commitment to the profession.

View Our Outstanding Student Recipients
Year Recipient
2017 Emily Jansen
2018 Amy Haney
2019 Emma Peters-Axtell
2020 Emily Kiemele