Leadership Award Recipients

Congratulations to the
2024 GMDI Leadership Award Recipients


Phyllis B Acosta Lifetime Achievement Award
Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA, FAND



  • Professor Emerita, Children's Hospital of Colorado, School of Medicine- Department of Pediatrics

  • Director, Inherited Metabolic Disease Nutrition Department

  • Founding Member, GMDI

  • Co-Managing Partner, MetEd

  • Co-Founder Metabolic University

  • Co-author of Penny the Penguin Has PKU , Setting Up Your Low Protein Kitchen, Max the Monkey has MCADD, Stepping Up Your Protein Intake and many educational modules for families with inborn errors of metabolism.

  • Co-editor and author. Nutrition Management of Inherited Metabolic Diseases: Lessons from Metabolic University (2015, 2022)

  • Author of multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • Multiple abstracts and oral presentations

  • ADA Creative Nutrition Education Award (1997, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2013)



Emerging Leader Award
Jessica Kopesky, MS, RD, CD, CLD



  • BS, Dietetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2023
  • MS Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University, 2017
  • Clinical Dietitian Specialist, Children’s Wisconsin
  • Co-Chair GMDI ad hoc Committee on Mentorship (2022-present
  • Co-chair GMDI Technology Committee (2019-2022)
  • Member GMDI Technology Committee (2011-present)
  • GMDI/SERN ad hoc Nutritional Guidelines workgroup for UCD ( 2022-present)
  • GMDI/NCC Metabolic Dietitian Workforce Workgroup (2022-present)
  • Multiple professional oral and poster presentations and workshops


Pacesetter Award
Lindsay Ryan, MS, RD, LD




  • BS, Nutrition Dietetics, Auburn University 2017
  • MS, Health Sciences, Georgia State University, 2018
  • Post Masters Clinical Research Dietitian Fellowship, Dept. Human Genetics, Emory University (2019-2021)
  • Genetic Metabolic Clinical & Research Dietitian II, Education & Training Coordinator, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University, Aug 2021-present
  • Co-Chair, GMDI Education Committee (2023-present
  • Genetic Nutrition ECHO Traineeship Facilitator, 2020-present
  • GMDI/SERN PKU Guidelines Pegvaliase Update, Delphi 2 Contributor and Evidence Analyst
  • Multiple professional presentations and posters
  • Co-Investigator Georgia CTSA 1-3 Education Award
  • Research Dietitian for multiple studies




2022 Leadership Award Recipients

2021 Leadership Award Recipients

2020 Leadership Award Recipients

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