2020 Leadership Awards


Phyllis B Acosta Lifetime Achievement Award
Dianne Frazier, PhD, MPH, RD



  • Professor emeritus of pediatrics in the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • UNC’s Department of Biochemistry
  • MPH in the UNC School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition.
  • Metabolic RD at UNC
  • North Carolina’s Newborn Screening Advisory Board for 33 years.
  • Authored nine book chapters, published and presented scores of articles on inborn errors of metabolism. 
  • GMDI founding member, Research Committee Chair, Secretary, President of GMDI
  • Chair of the first nutrition management guidelines for MSUD

Read Dianne Frazier's award acceptance comments


Emerging Leader Award
Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD


  • BS - University of Virginia
  • DI- NYU Montefiore Medical Center
  • MS-NY University
  • UCLA Medical Genetics 2013
    • Lead Metabolic RD
    • Research Coordinator
    • Educator
  • Boston Children’s, Feb 2020
  • GMDI Editorial Chair, 2016
  • PROP Toolkit
  • VLCAD Nominal Group/Toolkit
  • Presenter at GMDI/SIMD/Abbott


Pacesetter Award
Chanel Suares, RD


  • BS-California State University, Long Beach
  • CSP Certification
  • RD since 2014
  • UCLA Metabolism, since Sept 2016
  • GMDI Education Co-Chair April 2018
  • Poster GMDI 2018: “You “Breast” Believe It: A Clinic’s Experience Implementing Breastfeeding in Rare Metabolic Disorders”

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