Hello and Welcome to the 2019-20 Membership Year,
I would like to thank our very own Garrod Award winner, Dr. Melanie Gillingham for her leadership over the last two years. In addition, a special thank you to Nancy Callanan for her stewardship as our executive director. I must say that I am very humbled to be following in the footsteps of “Giants” that Dr. Gillingham recognized at the beginning of her presidential tenure. These individuals have been instrumental in making GMDI the wonderful organization that it is today. Many of our past-presidents and founders (please see the “history” section) continue to be very instrumental and lead important initiatives. I would like to recognize our chairs and co-chairs for continuing to create new ideas and keeping GMDI relevant. Here is a list of their goals and things to look forward to this year: Christie Hussa is transitioning her role as Secretary to Jessica Burfield, they will continue to ensure that GMDI remains financially healthy; Sommer Gaughn as our Secretary will be focusing on communication amongst our members and committees, Keiko Ueda and Kim Page, membership chairs, will be focusing on our first selection of members for GMDI awards to be announced at the GMDI 2020 conference; the Conference Chair and Co-Chairs Amie Thompson, Jennifer Branov and Krista Viau are working hard with their committee members planning an amazing conference in Austin, Texas 2020; our Editorial Chairs-Suzanne Hollander and Sarah Rose-will continue to put together newsletters full of important information; the Chairs of Education Committee-Emily Barr and Chanel Suares our continuing to meet our educational needs with webinars and updating our education materials on the website; Casey Burns and the communication committee are using social media platforms-Facebook and Instagram to keep you updated on GMDI activities; the Research Chairs Erin MacLeod and Ulrike Reichart will be busy this coming year evaluating and organizing abstracts and posters for the GMDI 2020 conference; the Technology Chairs-Grace Noh and Jessica Kopesky will be keeping MetabolicPro up to date for our needs; Fran Rohr the Co-PI for Nutrition Guidelines is helping lead the way in providing state of the art nutrition care guidelines for our metabolic patients; Barb Marriage is working with our international members to help meet their needs; For those of you reading this welcome letter, who are thinking about stepping into a more involved role, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or any of the board members.
I look forward to meeting many of you either virtually or in person over the next two years.