About The Team

Jeffrey Berger, Founder, Executive Director

Jeffrey was born with gastrointestinal issues, which began with surgery to correct a pyloric stenosis at 2 weeks old. It was at the age of 18 years old that he received his diagnosis of Crohn's Disease.  Not much was known about treating the disease in 1980, but Jeffrey learned that the food he consumed had a direct impact on his whole body.  It was easy to see his bodies positive or negative reactions to different foods. In 1984 as an inpatient, Jeffrey was on bowel rest to reduce the inflammation in his intestines. It was then, Jeffrey's theory of food consumption and Crohn's Disease became real.  The food we eat has a direct impact on the whole body, including the inflammatory bowel disease.  

In 1995, while living in San Francisco, I saw an ad reading something like, 'How to heal your bowel disease through the Specific Carbohydrate Diet' featuring Elaine Gottschall sharing her new book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle Intestinal Health Through Diet". She explained the science behind the diet that was easy to understand.  It made Jeffrey so happy to hear this charismatic, determined loving Mom talk about healing the body by eating healthy nutritious easily digestible foods. 

Jeffrey was very fortunate to learn from Elaine Gottschall through many phone calls and faxes in the late 90's.  It was and continues to be a challenge to be 100% SCD compliant to gain the best results! Jeffrey has been asymptomatic and/or clinical remission for 20 out of the last 25 years. 

Jeffrey created 7 SCD Facebook Communities with the main community, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle-SCD Community" to learn from each other and more importantly, to let everyone across the globe know, You Are Not Alone.  The Communities inspired him to create the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Association to pay it forward by carrying on the legacy of Elaine Gottschall’s work on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by bringing awareness of the healing, unifying the Community and promoting future research.  

Jeffrey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Services Administration and Long Term Care Administration. He has spent over 35 years as a professional in the healthcare industry in many roles from executive to consultant in the human resources field throughout most of the world. 

"I have been very fortunate in my life to meet people from all walks of life traveling all over the globe and we all have one thing in common, a story to share with each other about how we got here today and how far we come".

Jeffrey Berger

Jeffrey Berger

Susan Gerardi Bello, Secretary

Susan was born and raised on Long Island, NY, and is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz.  Her first poetry collection, Through the Oak Tree, was recently published by Kelsay Books.

Susan was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2001. She learned about the SCD in 2005 when her boyfriend (now husband) found Breaking the Vicious Cycle on Amazon. He couldn’t understand how doctors kept telling her diet didn’t matter. Susan started the diet and has had great success with it bringing her into remission. Susan is humbled to serve the SCD community which has been an unwavering source of strength, support and wisdom. 

Susan Gerardi Bello

Susan Gerardi Bello

Steven Nelson, CFA, Treasurer

Steven has over 20 years of financial services industry experience, including 10 years at Ernst & Young, LLP, a leading international public accounting and consulting firm where he provided advisory services to Banks, Insurance Companies, Asset Managers and Hedge Fund clients from the Minneapolis, New York City, and Zurich, Switzerland offices. Steve owns and started Prairiewood Wealth Management, a fee-only, independent Registered Investment Advisor, in 2008.  Steve has a master's degree from Columbia Business School and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Steve is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, and an inactive Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Steve was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 12 and has been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) since December 30, 2006. During that time he has been in clinical remission without the use of any medications. Steve is currently the Treasurer and on the Board of Overseers of Ignite Church. 


Judy Herod, Founding Board Member

Judy is the daughter of SCD leader, the late Elaine Gottschall. Judy’s story inspired her mother to research the diet and ultimately write her first book, “Food and the Gut Reaction” in 1986 followed by “Breaking the Vicious Cycle Intestinal Health Through Diet." Judy is the President of Kirkton Press, the company that publishes “Breaking the Vicious Cycle.” 

She has been following SCD for over 50 years and remains healed of her ulcerative colitis of which she was diagnosed with at age 8.   

Judy Herod

Judy Herod

Pamela Ferro, RN, ASN, Founding Board Member

Pamela collaborated with Elaine Gottschall when her son was diagnosed with ASD. Pamela is widely recognized as an advocate of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in children and adults with autism.  Pamela's latest book, co-authored with Raman Prasad, is called, "The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.” After Pamela retired from private practice treating children and adults with autism for over 20 years, she began her next ventures: The Spectrum Empowerment Project and the Gottschall Access Program.  

Pamela Ferro, RN, ASN

Pamela Ferro, RN, ASN

Dr. Ali Arjomand, Board Member

Dr. Arjomand is a scientist and entrepreneur with a successful 20 year track record developing, leading and growing scalable programs and impactful ventures across multiple health sectors. He is the Founder and CEO of Modulla Health, a GI focused nutrition clinic serving patients living with IBD or other chronic GI conditions. Dr. Arjomand is a fervent champion of diet-based interventions, especially the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), which ultimately reversed his own long-standing severe Crohn’s disease. Aside from supporting IBD patients with SCD education and implementation, Dr. Arjomand also collects SCD clinical and outcomes data for presentation and publication within the medical communities to support wider acceptance of SCD. 

Prior to launching Modulla Health, Dr. Arjomand led the innovation commercialization team at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (part of Seattle Children’s Hospital) where innovative research created powerful treatments for deadly diseases affecting millions of children in developing countries. Prior to that, Dr. Arjomand was Director of Innovation and Scientific Affairs for Bill Gates’ Global Good Fund where he led numerous projects and high-profile activities with key stakeholders in all sectors of global health and development. Previously, Dr. Arjomand founded and led Accium BioSciences where he commercialized technologies he developed in his PhD dissertation. This particle accelerator mass spectrometry technology, licensed from the U.S. Department of Energy, enabled Dr. Arjomand to design and analyze samples collected from 45 Phase 1 first-in-human clinical studies sponsored by Merck, GSK, Novartis, Takeda and other global pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Arjomand conducted his own research programs, serving as co-Principal Investigator on NIH-funded clinical studies to evaluate accelerator mass spectrometry biomarkers in cancer patients (glioblastoma and acute myelocytic leukemia). 

Dr. Arjomand holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition and B.S. in Genetics, both from the University of California, Davis.

Dr Ali Arjomand

Dr Ali Arjomand

Sue Schaffeld Meyer, Board Member

Sue has over 22 years in Event Management, Media Relations, Management, Leadership and Marketing and for the last 14 years as the Public Affairs Officer with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.  She enjoys working from concept to the strategic planning and its completion, focusing on the details to bring about the greatest delivery.  Sue received her BA in Public Relations from Ohio Dominican University.

After 5 years following SCD, Sue finds it easier to follow, knowing the result is remission and healing.  She loves the outdoors and can be seen often playing with her grandchildren as often as possible.