Executive Team

Jeffrey Berger, Founder, Executive Director

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 30 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. Recruitment, retention and marketing were his expertise. Jeffrey started the SCD in 1995 after meeting Elaine Gottschall while on her book tour in San Francisco.  The SCD has kept Jeffrey asymptomatic and/or clinical remission for 18 out of the last 23 years. Jeffrey created the Association to pay it forward by carrying on the legacy of Elaine Gottschall’s work on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Sophia Hamrick, Co-Founder, Treasurer


Sophia has been an SCD advocate for 12 years after her youngest son’s UC diagnosis. When standard medical care couldn’t control the flares, she turned to the diet and he responded. Now a thriving teenager, he’s still on the diet without symptoms or medication. He has also participated in a 2 year long SCD clinical study at Rush University Medical Center.

Sophia graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s of science in marketing and management. She was in charge of accounting for a commercial real estate developer, and worked in the accounting department of a commercial printing company. She volunteers at her kids’ school and her church, 

Tammy Irish, Secretary

Tammy’s career spanned nearly 30 years working in financial services for global companies such as JPMorgan Chase and ACI Worldwide, leading a team responsible for client satisfaction, retention, and revenue growth. Following nearly 10 years of incorrectly diagnosed digestive issues and unsuitable treatment plans, three years ago Tammywas fortunate to meet a leading a GI who pointed her to the SCD. Tammy is now nearly symptom free and snowbirds between New Hampshire and southern Florida. 

Founding board members

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.  

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.” Pamela has a private practice treating children and adults with autism for over 20 years. 

Raman Prasad, Founding Board Member

Raman is a successful author who shared his life story in his first book, “Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery” with the foreword written by Elaine Gottschall. Raman went on to write two more books, “Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™” and “Adventures in the Family Kitchen”.  He also co-authored “The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet” with Pamela Ferro. Raman has been following SCD for over 20 years.  

Cathy Malone, MS, RD, LDN, Founding Board Member


Cathy is a registered pediatric dietitian who works as a member of the Pediatric Gastroenterology team at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.

She has 29 years of experience specializing in nutrition therapy for children with gastrointestinal problems. She has treated thousands of children over the years and has witnessed first-hand that changing diet not only improves digestive issues but behavior, mood, cognition and language as well. She has used the SCD and SCD-DF successfully with many patients with IBD,IBS and Autism. Cathy lectures on topics such as food allergy and Intolerance, Nutrition and IBD and Nutrition and Autism.