The MENTOR AWARD honors
individuals or groups with extensive records of encouraging
individuals to realize their full
potential and help them find
ways to achieve their best.
AHIMA presents Tressa A.
Lyon, RHIT, with the 2019 AHIMA Mentor Triumph Award.
Lyon is the HIM manager at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK, and is a member of the executive board for the Oklahoma Health Information Management Association (OkHIMA).
A 12-year veteran in the HIM field, Lyon has inspired countless students and peers to better themselves both personally
and professionally. Serving on multiple committees throughout her career, Lyon has touched many lives with her cheerful personality and willingness to share skills, knowledge, and
expertise. Lyon has been involved in numerous OkHIMA committees, including the Medical Decision-Making Committee,
Documentation Management (as chair of the committee), Patient Portal Committee, ICD- 10 Project Manager, and Outcomes
and Efficiencies Team. Her level of engagement with those she
mentors led to recognition as the Norman Regional Health System Employee of the Month in January 2014.
Lyon also serves as a mentor for many colleges and universities
in Oklahoma and through OkHIMA. Active with the OkHIMA
convention planning committee for numerous years, Lyon has
mentored many students and has coached them to become successful leaders at the state and national level. Colleagues praise
Lyon’s infectious love for HIM and former students credit her
with broadening their understanding of the potential impact of
HIM and empowering them to be part of the HIM process.
Lyon is a valuable team member regardless of her level of involvement and demonstrates great respect for the learning process. She is an inspiration to those around her and has a positive
impact on all those whose paths she crosses—both within HIM
and outside the field. A highly respected and sought-after mentor, Lyon’s contributions will be felt in the HIM community for
AHIMA congratulates Tressa A. Lyon on her 2019 AHIMA
Mentor Triumph Award.
The LEADERSHIP AWARD honors those individuals or groups
who have provided outstanding
service as a leader(s) for a minimum of 10 years; demonstrated
ongoing leadership competency
with the Association and the HIM
profession; adhered to and advocated for the AHIMA Code of
AHIMA presents Chrisann K. Lemery, MSE, RHIA, CHPS,
FAHIMA, with the 2019 AHIMA Leadership Triumph Award.
Lemery has been an AHIMA member for over 30 years and passionately promotes the field of HIM through volunteering, visionary leadership, and speaking engagements.
Lemery has served in numerous leadership capacities, including president, past-president, and board member for the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA).
She has also served as secretary of the AHIMA Board of Directors and Speaker of the House of Delegates. Lemery’s volunteer
activities related to advocacy and legislation are iconic, including serving on the award-winning HIPAA Collaborative of Wisconsin (HIPAA COW) Board of Directors, participating in state
and national Hill Days, and serving on government-appointed
committees addressing EHRs and medical record copy fees.
Her participation has aided numerous committees at the national and state level, including AHIMA Privacy and Security
and Enterprise Information Management Practice Councils, the
Advocacy and Policy Council, and the Professional Ethics Committee. Previously, she was awarded the prestigious fellowship
designation by her AHIMA peers.
As a result of her experience in all sectors of the healthcare
industry, Lemery always keeps a watchful eye for new regulations and healthcare industry information and helps others
share what she has learned. Lemery is a true HIM leader who
has a tremendous amount of knowledge, understanding, vision,
and passion. She has shared invaluable insights with AHIMA,
WHIMA, HIPAA COW, and numerous colleagues.
Lemery is a well-known author and speaker on a variety of
HIM-related topics and is the go-to person for many different
subjects. She has given more than 70 presentations demonstrating her compassion for sharing her knowledge. She is active in
academia, serving on college advisory boards and sharing her
knowledge as a mentor to future HIM professionals.
A highly respected colleague and friend, Emery’s leadership
is felt throughout the HIM community. AHIMA congratulates
Chrisann K. Lemery on her 2019 AHIMA Leadership Triumph