North Dakota Chapter Awards

Check out all of the accomplishments from our members below!

The Outstanding Member Award was established in 1982 by the board of directors of the North Dakota Chapter. The award is presented to that individual who has excelled in his or her work for the chapter. Judging for the award is done soley by the immediate past president of the chapter. The recipient of this award is announced at the annual awards banquet of the chapter and presented with a handsome plaque.

Past Recipients of the Outstanding Member Award

Ron Whetter 2004
Douglas W. Okland 2002
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund 2001
Donald P. Schott 2000
Lyla S. Blazer 1999
Philip J. Schmid 1998
Ralph J. Llewellyn 1997
Randall K. Pederson 1996
Steve Ilse 1995
Chris W. Champ 1994
James J. Novak 1994
Chris W. Champ 1993
Calvin N. Paulson 1992
Royann Schmidgall 1992
Mark Hollan 1991
Dwight W. Thompson 1991
Renae Specht 1990
Gary P. Miller 1989
Lois Maier 1986
James Bogan 1985
Dwight W. Thompson 1985
Bernard G. Kieselbach 1983
Michael Kelly 1982

Founders Merit Award Series


(Note that the Founders Program was changed effective June 1, 2003. See the May 2004 hfm or http://www.hfma.org for more information)

HFMA recognizes that its strength lies in volunteers, who contribute their time, ideas, and energy to serve the healthcare industry, their profession, and one another. Active participation in HFMA at the national and/or chapter levels provides members with numerous opportunities for professional development, information, networking and advocacy. Established in 1960, the Founders Merit Award Series acknowledges the contributions made by HFMA members at four award levels:

The Follmer Bronze Award is awarded to an individual who has earned 100 member points. This award is named after William G. Follmer, who is credited with the creation of the American Association of Hospital Accountants (now HFMA). This was changed to 25 member points under the new Founders Points system effective June 1, 2003.

The Reeves Silver Award, in honor of Robert H. Reeves, is awarded to an individual who has earned 200 total member points. Reeves, an organizing member of the AAHA, was elected president of AAHA in 1956 and was instrumental in creating the structure of AAHA. This was changed to 50 member points under the new Founders Points system effective June 1, 2003.

The Muncie Gold Award is presented to a member who has earned a total of 300 member points. The award honors Fredrick T. Muncie, an organizing member of the AAHA, and the first president of the association (1947-49). Muncie also assisted in the organization of the first AAHA chapter (First Illinois). This was changed to 100 member points under the new Founders Points system effective June 1, 2003.

A fourth award, the Founders Medal of Honor, was added in 1986 and is conferred by nomination of the Chapter Board of Directors. This prestigious award recognizes those individuals who have been actively involved in HFMA for at least three years after earning the Muncie Gold Award, and have provided significant service at the chapter and/or national level in at least two of those years, and remains to be a member in good standing. A chapter may nominate members for this award at any time during the year.

Points earned by members during 2000-01 are reported by the chapter’s Founders Contact to HFMA National by the August 10 each year. Member points are totaled and an award list is generated for each chapter. The chapter’s Founders Contact verifies the list, and the awards are then ordered. Although HFMA National and the chapters track most member points, it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual member to report points earned to the chapter’s Founders Contact, who serves as a liaison to HFMA National.

Member points are automatically transferred from one chapter to another. Retroactive scoring of points for all categories is permissible if appropriate documentation is provided. However, no points are earned for services for terms of office of less than one-half of a chapter’s fiscal year for any category; services a member is paid to perform; or for chapter participation prior to HFMA membership.

You can review your current Founders points on line, by going to HFMA’s Member Directory at http://www.hfma.org/membership/member_directory.htm (note: log-in is required) and drill down to your Founders information.


If you have questions or corrections to the information listed there, please contact Cindy Fischer at cindy.fischer@commonspirit.org

Founders Merit Award Recipients

Glen W. Benson   1966
Ruth M. Hollis   1972
John W. Dahlgren   1973
Terry G. Hoff CPA 1975
Myron E. Demers   1977
Dale R. MacKenzie   1978
Wayne J. Fuhrman FHFMA 1979
Paul A. Morth   1981
Bernard G. Kieselbach FHFMA 1981
Lois I. Maier   1982
Roger A. Lee CPA 1983
Daryl J. Wilkens   1983
James J. Novak   1983
Michael J. Loff   1988
Daryl D. Balerud   1988
Mark J. Hollan FHFMA 1988
Dwight W. Thompson FHFMA, CPA 1988
Gary P. Miller CPA 1989
Jerry S. Lindell   1989
Jerry R. Peeler   1991
Stephen J. Slabik FHFMA, CPA 1992
Chris W. Champ   1992
James K. Long FHFMA, CPA 1992
Richard A. Steen CPA 1993
Lynn J. Blakeman   1993
Randall K. Pederson CHFP 1994
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund   1994
James E. Stolt FHFMA, CPA 1994
Robert A. Lund   1995
James Wesley Smith   1995
Leslie J. Wietstock CHFP 1995
Elizabeth A. Dewald   1995
Ron D. Whetter   1996
Ralph J. Llewellyn CHFP, CPA 1997
Philip J. Schmid   1997
Bryan J. Wendorff CPA 1997
James J. Feldman   1997
Vance J. Reinbold CPA 1997
Steven P. Ilse   1997
Jan D. Gemar   1997
Lori Blees CHFP 1997
Dennis Empey CPA 1998
Wilbert F. Ressler   1998
Jeff Sandene FHFMA, CPA 1999
Kevin D. Benson FHFMA,CPA 1999
Douglas W. Okland   1999
Donald P. Schott FHFMA 1999
Lyla S. Blazer   2000
Jodi L. Atkinson   2000
Becky L. Hansen   2001
Cecile B. Blucker   2001
JoNell Moore   2001
Sandra K. Teubner   2002
Michael R. Schumacher CPA 2002
Thomas Loff MBA 2003
Kim Granfor   2003
Judy L. Farkas   2003
Kim A. Rau   2003
Tim J. Blasl   2003
Renee Gravalin CPA 2004
Dan C. Trustem   2004
Bradley D. Burris   2004
Renee M. Osland, CPA   2004
Linda S. Odegaard, CPA   2004
Deanna Picotte CPA 2005
Stan Salwei MBA 2007
Paula Wilkie CHFP 2008
Daniel Anderson PhD 2008
Bradley DeJong CPA 2008
Ronald Frei   2014
Cindy Fischer CHFP 2014
Leigh Ann Thompson   2016
Jessica Hanson CRCR 2017
Brianna Engeseth   2017
Tom Kloster   2018
Michelle Bucy   2018
Ashley Brandt-Duda CPA 2018
Tiffany Dixon   2019



Glen W. Benson   1970
John W. Dahlgren   1977
Terry G. Hoff CPA 1979
Ruth M. Hollis   1980
Wayne J. Fuhrman FHFMA 1982
Dale R. MacKenzie   1983
Paul A. Morth   1984
Bernard G. Kieselbach FHFMA 1984
James J. Novak   1986
Lois I. Maier   1986
Daryl J. Wilkens   1986
Roger A. Lee CPA 1987
Mark J. Hollan FHFMA 1991
Daryl D. Balerud   1991
Gary P. Miller CPA 1991
Dwight W. Thompson FHFMA, CPA 1991
Chris W. Champ   1995
Richard A. Steen CPA 1996
Stephen J. Slabik FHFMA, CPA 1996
Randall K. Pederson CHFP 1996
James K. Long FHFMA, CPA 1998
James E. Stolt FHFMA, CPA 1998
Jerry R. Peeler   1998
Ron D. Whetter   1999
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund   1999
Ralph J. Llewellyn CHFP, CPA 1999
Philip J. Schmid   2000
Leslie J. Wietstock CHFP 2000
Steven P. Ilse   2000
Myron E. Demers   2001
Douglas W. Okland CHFP 2002
Donald P. Schott FHFMA 2002
Jeff Sandene FHFMA, CPA 2002
Jodi L. Atkinson   2003
Becky L. Hanson   2004
James J. Feldman   2004
Wilbert F. Ressler   2004
Tim Blasl   2005
Thomas Loff MBA 2005
Sandra Teubner CHFP 2005
Michael Schumacher CPA 2005
Lori Blees CHFP 2006
Deanna Picotte CPA 2007
Paula Wilkie CHFP 2009
Kim Granfor   2010
Bradley DeJong CPA 2010
Stan Salwei MBA 2014
Cindy Fischer CHFP 2015
Leigh Ann Thompson   2018
Brianna Engeseth   2018
Michelle Bucy   2019
Jessica Hanson   2019
Ashley Brandt-Duda CPA 2019
John W. Dahlgren   1981
Terry G. Hoff CPA 1983
Dale R. MacKenzie   1986
Wayne J. Fuhrman FHFMA 1986
Bernard G. Kieselbach FHFMA 1987
Daryl J. Wilkens   1989
James J. Novak   1989
Roger A. Lee CPA 1989
Glen W. Benson   1989
Lois I. Maier   1989
Paul A. Morth   1990
Mark J. Hollan FHFMA 1993
Dwight W. Thompson FHFMA, CPA 1994
Gary P. Miller CPA 1994
Daryl D. Balerud   1997
Richard A. Steen CPA 1998
Chris W. Champ   1998
Randall K. Pederson CHFP 1999
Jerry R. Peeler   2000
Ralph J. Llewellyn CHFP,CPA 2002
Stephen J. Slabik CPA 2002
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund   2002
Leslie J. Wietstock CHFP 2002
Philip J. Schmid   2002
Steven P. Ilse   2003
Ron D. Whetter   2003
Douglas W. Okland CHFP 2004
Donald P. Schott FHFMA 2004
James K. Long FHFMA, CPA 2004
Becky Hansen   2005
Michael Schumacher CPA 2006
Jodi Atkinson   2006
Tim Blasl   2007
Thomas Loff MBA 2008
Sandra Teubner CHFP 2008
Lori Blees CHFP 2008
Deanna Picotte CPA 2008
Jeff Sandene A, CPA 2009
Paula Wilkie CHFP 2010
Bradley DeJong CPA 2011
Kim Granfor   2012
Cindy Fischer CHFP 2016
Stan Salwei MBA 2017
Michelle Bucy   2019
Brianna Engeseth   2019
Ashley Brandt-Duda CPA 2019
John W. Dahlgren   1987
Bernard G. Kieselbach FHFMA 1990
Dale R. MacKenzie   1991
Lois I. Maier   1992
James J. Novak   1993
Mark J. Hollan FHFMA 1998
Dwight W. Thompson FHFMA, CPA 1998
Chris W. Champ   2002
Ralph Llewellyn CPA 2007
Philip Schmid   2008
Donald Schott FHFMA 2009
Michael Schumacher CPA 2012
Lori Blees CHFP 2014
Sandra Teubner CHFP 2015
Tim Blasl   2016
Kim Granfor   2016