North Dakota 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 Whetter2004
Douglas W. Okland2002
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund2001
Donald P. Schott2000
Lyla S. Blazer1999
Philip J. Schmid1998
Ralph J. Llewellyn1997
Randall K. Pederson1996
Steve Ilse1995
Chris W. Champ1994
James J. Novak1994
Chris W. Champ1993
Calvin N. Paulson1992
Royann Schmidgall1992
Mark Hollan1991
Dwight W. Thompson1991
Renae Specht1990
Gary P. Miller1989
Lois Maier1986
James Bogan1985
Dwight W. Thompson1985
Bernard G. Kieselbach1983
Michael Kelly1982

Founders Merit Award Series

(Note that the Founders Program was changed effective June 1, 2003. See the May 2004 hfm or 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 (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 Sandy Rittel at [email protected]

Alison Kennison 2020
Marcus Lewis 2020
Mark Kloster 2020
Tiffany Dixon 2019
Tom Kloster 2018
Michelle Bucy 2018
Ashley Brandt-DudaCPA2018
Jessica HansonCRCR2017
Brianna Engeseth 2017
Leigh Ann Thompson 2016
Ronald Frei 2014
Cindy FischerCHFP2014
Paula WilkieCHFP2008
Daniel AndersonPhD2008
Bradley DeJongCPA2008
Stan SalweiMBA2007
Deanna PicotteCPA2005
Renee GravalinCPA2004
Dan C. Trustem 2004
Bradley D. Burris 2004
Renee M. Osland, CPA 2004
Linda S. Odegaard, CPA 2004
Thomas LoffMBA2003
Kim Granfor 2003
Judy L. Farkas 2003
Kim A. Rau 2003
Tim J. Blasl 2003
Sandra K. Teubner 2002
Michael R. SchumacherCPA2002
Becky L. Hansen 2001
Cecile B. Blucker 2001
JoNell Moore 2001
Lyla S. Blazer 2000
Jodi L. Atkinson 2000
Jeff SandeneFHFMA, CPA1999
Kevin D. BensonFHFMA,CPA1999
Douglas W. Okland 1999
Donald P. SchottFHFMA1999
Dennis EmpeyCPA1998
Wilbert F. Ressler 1998
Ralph J. LlewellynCHFP, CPA1997
Philip J. Schmid 1997
Bryan J. WendorffCPA1997
James J. Feldman 1997
Vance J. ReinboldCPA1997
Steven P. Ilse 1997
Jan D. Gemar 1997
Lori BleesCHFP1997
Ron D. Whetter 1996
Robert A. Lund 1995
James Wesley Smith 1995
Leslie J. WietstockCHFP1995
Elizabeth A. Dewald 1995
Randall K. PedersonCHFP1994
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund 1994
James E. StoltFHFMA, CPA1994
Richard A. SteenCPA1993
Lynn J. Blakeman 1993
Stephen J. SlabikFHFMA, CPA1992
Chris W. Champ 1992
James K. LongFHFMA, CPA1992
Jerry R. Peeler 1991
Gary P. MillerCPA1989
Jerry S. Lindell 1989
Michael J. Loff 1988
Daryl D. Balerud 1988
Mark J. HollanFHFMA1988
Dwight W. ThompsonFHFMA, CPA1988
Roger A. LeeCPA1983
Daryl J. Wilkens 1983
James J. Novak 1983
Lois I. Maier 1982
Paul A. Morth 1981
Bernard G. KieselbachFHFMA1981
Wayne J. FuhrmanFHFMA1979
Dale R. MacKenzie 1978
Myron E. Demers 1977
Terry G. HoffCPA1975
John W. Dahlgren 1973
Ruth M. Hollis 1972
Glen W. Benson 1966
Marcus Lewis 2021
Tom Kloster 2020
Michelle Bucy 2019
Jessica Hanson 2019
Ashley Brandt-DudaCPA2019
Leigh Ann Thompson 2018
Brianna Engeseth 2018
Cindy FischerCHFP2015
Stan SalweiMBA2014
Kim Granfor 2010
Bradley DeJongCPA2010
Paula WilkieCHFP2009
Deanna PicotteCPA2007
Lori BleesCHFP2006
Tim Blasl 2005
Thomas LoffMBA2005
Sandra TeubnerCHFP2005
Michael SchumacherCPA2005
Becky L. Hanson 2004
James J. Feldman 2004
Wilbert F. Ressler 2004
Jodi L. Atkinson 2003
Douglas W. OklandCHFP2002
Donald P. SchottFHFMA2002
Jeff SandeneFHFMA, CPA2002
Myron E. Demers 2001
Philip J. Schmid 2000
Leslie J. WietstockCHFP2000
Steven P. Ilse 2000
Ron D. Whetter 1999
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund 1999
Ralph J. LlewellynCHFP, CPA1999
James K. LongFHFMA, CPA1998
James E. StoltFHFMA, CPA1998
Jerry R. Peeler 1998
Richard A. SteenCPA1996
Stephen J. SlabikFHFMA, CPA1996
Randall K. PedersonCHFP1996
Chris W. Champ 1995
Mark J. HollanFHFMA1991
Daryl D. Balerud 1991
Gary P. MillerCPA1991
Dwight W. ThompsonFHFMA, CPA1991
Roger A. LeeCPA1987
James J. Novak 1986
Lois I. Maier 1986
Daryl J. Wilkens 1986
Paul A. Morth 1984
Bernard G. KieselbachFHFMA1984
Dale R. MacKenzie 1983
Wayne J. FuhrmanFHFMA1982
Ruth M. Hollis 1980
Terry G. HoffCPA1979
John W. Dahlgren 1977
Glen W. Benson 1970
Michelle Bucy 2019
Brianna Engeseth 2019
Ashley Brandt-DudaCPA2019
Stan SalweiMBA2017
Cindy FischerCHFP2016
Kim Granfor 2012
Bradley DeJongCPA2011
Paula WilkieCHFP2010
Jeff SandeneA, CPA2009
Thomas LoffMBA2008
Sandra TeubnerCHFP2008
Lori BleesCHFP2008
Deanna PicotteCPA2008
Tim Blasl 2007
Michael SchumacherCPA2006
Jodi Atkinson 2006
Becky Hansen 2005
Douglas W. OklandCHFP2004
Donald P. SchottFHFMA2004
James K. LongFHFMA, CPA2004
Steven P. Ilse 2003
Ron D. Whetter 2003
Ralph J. LlewellynCHFP,CPA2002
Stephen J. SlabikCPA2002
Bonnie R. Kuehnemund 2002
Leslie J. WietstockCHFP2002
Philip J. Schmid 2002
Jerry R. Peeler 2000
Randall K. PedersonCHFP1999
Richard A. SteenCPA1998
Chris W. Champ 1998
Daryl D. Balerud 1997
Dwight W. ThompsonFHFMA, CPA1994
Gary P. MillerCPA1994
Mark J. HollanFHFMA1993
Paul A. Morth 1990
Daryl J. Wilkens 1989
James J. Novak 1989
Roger A. LeeCPA1989
Glen W. Benson 1989
Lois I. Maier 1989
Bernard G. KieselbachFHFMA1987
Dale R. MacKenzie 1986
Wayne J. FuhrmanFHFMA1986
Terry G. HoffCPA1983
John W. Dahlgren 1981
Cindy Fischer 2021
Tim Blasl 2016
Kim Granfor 2016
Sandra TeubnerCHFP2015
Lori BleesCHFP2014
Michael SchumacherCPA2012
Donald SchottFHFMA2009
Philip Schmid 2008
Ralph LlewellynCPA2007
Chris W. Champ 2002
Mark J. HollanFHFMA1998
Dwight W. ThompsonFHFMA, CPA1998
James J. Novak 1993
Lois I. Maier 1992
Dale R. MacKenzie 1991
Bernard G. KieselbachFHFMA1990
John W. Dahlgren 1987

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