Message from CEO

ServingUnderserved is an organization committed to improving the lives of underserved individuals. This is achieved by connecting persons in need with existing resources. When needed resources are not available, it is the goal of ServingUnderserved to innovatively create and implement programs that will meet the needs of those identified. ServingUnderserved was in part born out of the disconnect existing between people needing resources and not being able to access resources available. It is our goal to bridge the gaps of these challenges. ServingUnderserved was created to identify health issues and disparities in underserved communities and then implement programs and coordinate collaborations to promote overall health and well-being. We focus on empowering underserved populations through education and recognition of barriers affecting physical and mental health. Social challenges among underserved populations create additional barriers to accessing and utilizing health resources within the community. ServingUnderserved has a unique perspective on the problems of underserved communities and opportunities to improve them.

We welcome you to our organization and encourage your involvement in helping us achieve our goals. Together, we can make a difference for those who need it most!

Leadership / Board of Directors:

CEO and Executive Director: Breck Nichols, MD, MPH

Dr. Breck Nichols is the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics combined Training Program Director at LAC+USC Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He is a triple boarded physician in the fields of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Allergy/Immunology. An excellent teacher and role model for physicians in training, Dr. Nichols mentors resident physicians and medical students daily with a focus on outcomes based health care delivery.

Dr. Nichols’ passion is promoting health and abolishing health disparities for underserved populations. Dr. Nichols has dedicated his career to serving underserved patient populations and is an expert in implementing preventative health care screening measures for chronic disease and improving chronic disease care delivery models. Dr. Nichols founded ServingUnderserved to direct and connect resources to improve health in underserved communities through program creation and strategy development.

Treasurer: Marjorie Widmeyer

Marjorie Widmeyer serves as Treasurer of ServingUnderserved.  She has extensive business experience with both small and large nonprofit organizations, and small to medium sized consulting firms.  She is currently President of Kahler Engineering Inc., a consulting engineering firm offering mechanical, electrical and control systems engineering services. In addition, Widmeyer has extensive controls and electrical system engineering experience and has performed and led design, construction, and operations support activities for over 40 years for a number of consultants, clients, and owners, including Fluor, EG&G, Energy Northwest, and PG&E.  Her technical capabilities, in conjunction with her business experience bring a practical and cost effective focus to the accomplishment of ServingUnderserved’s mission.

Director: Kenneth Kwong, MD

Dr. Kwong is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center), Section Chief of Research and Grants- Allergy and Immunology Division, and former Division Chief of Harbor UCLA Allergy and Immunology and LACUSC Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Kwong has worked with the Breathmobile Program since its inception in 1995. He is the recipient of several grants from National Institutes of Health and private foundations. Areas of expertise include pediatric asthma disease management principles, neonatal lung development, and health outcomes research related to asthma and chronic diseases. He has over 35 publications including research outcomes involving asthma control and air pollution.

Director: Lyne Scott, MD

Dr. Scott is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (USC Keck School of Medicine), Allergy and Immunology Division Chief, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program Director, and Co-Director of the Breathmobile Program at LAC+USC Medical Center.  Dr. Scott has extensive knowledge regarding the health care delivery model for inner-city asthmatics through the infrastructure of the Breathmobile Program, implementation of disease management principles in asthma disease tracking, and outcomes results for the Breathmobile Program. Dr. Scott has participated in several peer-reviewed publications describing findings of the LAC+USC Breathmobile Program and is the lead author on a collaborative manuscript describing outcomes for Breathmobile Programs across the country. Her interests include teaching medical residents the importance of addressing all aspects of care when treating patients and improving access to effective asthma care for underserved children.