Distinguished Member Award

This award recognizes an NJHIMA member in good standing for at least 10 years who has demonstrated the following:

  • Exhibited service to NJHIMA in a leadership capacity as a Board or Committee member who has contributed above and beyond what is expected,
  • Exhibited educational leadership by presenting at NJHIMA workshops, meetings, or seminars, or contributed in an advisory capacity to HIM programs as an Advisory Board Member or as a site director for directed practice, or have published materials to benefit the HIM profession,
  • Exhibited professional achievement through the development of imaginative administrative or management techniques, or as a recognized resource person in the area of expertise,
  • Exemplifies the professional image of NJHIMA.

Submit a Nomination for the 2024 Distinguished Member Award Here

The Nomination Deadline is May 15, 2024



2023 Marie Rommel
2022 Barbara Parmese
2021 No Award
2020 No Award
2019 No Award
2018 Anastasia Gansfuss, RHIA
2017 Bonnie J.Ivler, RHIA, CPC
2016 Peggy Feeley, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, COC
2015 Carole S. Liebner, RHIT, CCS
2014 Donna L. Waters, RHIT
2013 Mary Sottile, RHIA
2012 Karen Fischback, MSMIS, RHIA, CCS, PMP
2011 Kathleen A. Frawley, JD, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA*
2010 Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
2009 Joyce M. Matheson, RHIT
2008 Amelia Mattoon, RHIA, MAS, RHIA
2006 Michele O’Connor, MPA, RHIA
2005 Carolyn Magnotta, RHIA
2004 Octavia Kelly-Gaston, RHIA
2003 Barbara Parmese
2002 Tim Keough, MPA, RHIA
2001 Natalie Sartori, M.Ed., RHIA
2000 Barbara J. Manger, MPA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
1999 Nadinia A. Davis, MBA, CIA, CPA, RHIA
1998 Estelle Butler, MA, RHIA*
1997 Margaret Stangel, RHIA
1996 Laureen Rimmer, RHIA
1995 Pamela Burns, RHIA
1994 Donna Cartwright, MPA, RHIA


NJHIMA also recognizes these past Distinguished Members:

Roberta Angermiller, RHIT
Sonja Bennett, RHIA
Pauline Carmichael, RHIA
Sally Groiss, RHIA
Margaret Hayes, RHIA
Joan Loughran, RHIA
Barbara Moore, RHIA
Donna Pizzulli, MPA, RHIA
Georgette Siegel, JD, RHIA
Sally Simons, RHIA
Nan Walters, RHIA