WHIMA 2022 Motivator Award – Kris Bignell, MS, RHIA

Congratulations to Kris Bignell, MS, RHIA – WHIMA Motivator Award Recipient for 2022!

Award WinnersKris was recognized for this award at the WHIMA Annual Conference in Elkhart Lake! The objective of the Motivator Award is to identify and honor those who are dedicated to continued learning for others as well as themselves. This person encourages students and colleagues to become all they can be and assists them in finding ways to achieve their personal best.

When choosing the right candidate to receive the Motivator Award, you need to look no further than Kris Zimmerman-Bignell!  Kris is always thinking outside of the box to ensure the success and longevity of the HIMT program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. She is truly dedicated to each student. She always sets each student up for success and has three goals in mind, complete the program, pass the RHIT Exam and obtain a job in the profession.

Kris encourages questions, provides numerous resources for students to be successful, offers praise and constructive criticism alike, helps students to develop their skills, and truly believes in a student’s ability to be successful – provided they put in the work. Additionally, it is clear that teaching HIM is something Kris is passionate about, and Kris’ knowledge of the profession is obvious in her teachings. What makes Kris stand out as a motivator is how she imparts that passion to her students and others around her. 

Not only has Kris been a motivator to her students, but she has also been a motivator to colleagues. Kris has been there for those starting in the profession and new instructors. She motivates others to be their personal best and to not look back, only move forward. 

Kris – Congratulations on this well-deserved award, for motivating others, and for sharing your passion for the health information profession! 

Congratulatory emails can be sent to Kris.