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2022 GMDI Leadership Award Recipients


Phyllis B Acosta Lifetime Achievement Award
Fran Rohr, MS, RD, LD



  • Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA (1981-2019)
  • Met Ed Co, Partner (2015-present)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Southeast Regional Genetic Network/GMDI Nutrition Guideline Project (2010-present)
  • Founding member GMDI 
  • Past President, GMDI (2009)
  • Author of 50 peer-reviewed articles
  • Co-Editor, Nutrition Management of Inherited Metabolic Diseases: Lessons from Metabolic University (2015)
  •  Multiple abstracts and oral presentations

            Fran Rohr receiving award from GMDI President Beth Ogata


Emerging Leader Award
Jessica Burfield, MS, RD, CSP, LDN


  • BS, Dietetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Clinical Nutrition, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Sodexho NJ/ Philadelphia Metro Area Dietetic Internship, Philadelphia, PA (2006)
  • Oncology Dietitian 1, Department of Clinical Nutrition Aria Health, Sodexho USA (2006-2007)
  • Metabolic Dietitian III, Dept. of Clinical Nutrition, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (2007-present)
  • Contractor, Research and Discovery for Abbott Nutrition Metabolics, Hiregenics, Duluth, GA (2015- present)
  • GMDI Treasurer (2019-present)
  • Multiple Invited lectures, webinars, including GMDI “Essentials of Metabolic Nutrition” seminar (2018, 2021)
  • Multiple presentations at GMDI and other regional, national and international conferences.
  • Peer reviewed publications


Pacesetter Award
Rachel Powers, RD


  • BS, Nutrition and Foods, Texas State University
  • Dietetic Internship, Concentration in Pediatrics
  • Metabolic Dietitian, Dell Children’s Medical Group, Genetics Clinic (2018-2019)
  • Nutricia North America, Medical Affairs Associate, Metabolics (2019-present)
  • Co-Chair, GMDI Communications and Advocacy  Committee (2020-present)
  • Poster presentation (2022 GMDI Conference)



   Rachel Powers receiving award from GMDI Past President and Membership Chair, Melanie Gillingham

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