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.

2023 Distinguished Member Recipient

— Michelle Dick, RHIA —

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

Michelle Dougherty

LTC= Sr. Anna Hillenbrand

1998Diane Holmgren
1999Betty Myers
2000Elaine Yaggie
2001LaVonne Wieland
2002Joanne Valerius
2003Colleen Malmgren
2004Mark Dietz
2005Mary Lambert
2006Therese McCarthy
2007Suzanne Powell
2008Karyn Mikel
2009Myrna Wells-Ulland
2010Anne Tegen
2011Diane Larson
2012Stephanie Luthi-Terry
2013Carolyn Gaarder
2014C. Jeanne Solberg
2015Gina Sanvik
2016Vicki Zeman
2017Marsha Holey
2018Sue Nathe
2019Diana Warner
2020Danika Brinda
2021Jean MacDonell
2022Laura Blabac, MA, MS, RHIA, CHDA
2023Michelle Dick, RHIA

Mark Dietz Rising Star Professional

The Mark Dietz 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.

2023 Rising Star Award Recipient

— Elise Depew, RHIA, CCS-P —

Mark Dietz Rising Star Professional Recipients
2017Brandi Bierbrauer
2019Nick Procaccini
2020Sandra Rasmussen
2021Jera Van Damme
2022Nicholas Buelow, RHIT
2023Elise Depew, RHIA, CCS-P

Shirley Eichenwald-Maki Outstanding Student

The Shirley Eichenwald-Maki 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.

2023 Outstanding Student Award Recipient

— Cheryl Zimmerman —

Shirley Eichenwald-Maki Outstanding Student Recipients
2017Emily Jansen
2018Amy Haney
2019Emma Peters-Axtell
2020Emily Kiemele
2022Madeline Warner
2023Cheryl Zimmerman