Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International

Conference Planning Committee


Debra Hook MPH, RD, co-chair

Suzanne Ratko RD, co-chair

Elieen Blakely MS, RD

Anne Boney MEd, RD, LDN

Casey Burns RD

Mary Brown MS, RD

Melissa Edwards, RD

Sommer Gaughan, RD

Laura Jeffers MEd, RD

Amy Pender MSc, RD, CDE

Melanie Reeves

Mary Sowa MS, RD

Sandy vanCalcar, PhD, RD

Carol Williams MS, RD

Joyce Wong MS, RD

Goal and Objectives:

  • Plan, organize and manage the bienniel education conferences.
  • Establish an international educational program that is current, relevant and thought provoking.
  • Provide a forum for dialogue and discussions on "best practices" for dietary treatment of rare genetic conditions.



  • Develop conference theme and agenda.
  • Determine date, locations and venue of conference.
  • Assemble committee members.
  • Create an educational program and obtain CEUs.
  • Invite speakers and moderators.
  • Invite members to submit abstracts for posters and oral presentations.
  • Acquire sponsorships and vendors.
  • Obtain funding through the efforts of the Conference Sponsorship Workgroup.
  • Develop and utilize guidelines for future conferences.