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LINC Scholars - 2016 Class

Aubrey Allen

Aubrey Allen completed her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Biology at North Carolina State University in 2014.  Before medical school, she worked in an Obstetrics and Gynecology office and developed an interest in women’s health and pediatrics.  Aubrey is also passionate about global health and working with underserved populations.  She hopes to expand her knowledge of public health and quality improvement through the LINC Scholars Program, while gaining skills in interprofessional collaboration that will allow her to become an effective physician and leader in the health care field.

Adrian Ambrose

Adrian Ambrose - I am originally from Roanoke, VA but have lived in North Carolina for over 7 years. I graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in 2012, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduating, I spent 3 years working as a Research Technician in the Department of Medicine Oncology at Duke University. I am involved in the SNMA at Brody and will be serving as Treasurer during the upcoming academic year. My current medical interests are numerous and include pediatrics, surgery, and oncology. I am also interested in the relationship between health administration and the future practice of medicine and how we can continue to improve the quality of care that patients receive. I am excited to participate in LINC because I feel like it will afford me the opportunity to gain perspective on healthcare systems while furthering my professional development.

Richard Andresen

Richard Andresen - After graduating from the University of Florida in 2011 with a BS in Biology, I returned to Winston Salem. I began work that summer as a pharmacy technician in the surgical department at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. I also spent the last 3 years volunteering with my local hospice organization and gained a great respect for the services they provide. I'm considering a career as an anesthesiologist, which would allow me the flexibility to work in surgery and manage chronic pain patients. I'm looking forward to LINC experience as I know it will help guide me through the constantly evolving health care system.

Chris Crotty

Chris Crotty - Before joining the Brody family, Major Chris Crotty, USAF (Ret) finished his career as the Chief of the Instructional Division of F-15E formal training and as a F-15E Evaluator and Instructor Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) attached to the 333d Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. As the Instructional Division Chief, he oversaw and standardized all Formal Training Unit (FTU) instruction and co-authored all course syllabi, training manuals, and syllabus related documents.  In the air, simulator, and classroom, he evaluated and taught initial qualification students, requalification students, and instructor upgrades in the full spectrum of F-15E missions. Chris received his officer commission from the Air Force R.O.T.C. program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. After multiple assignments, Chris delivered new combat capability in the form of enhanced weaponry and software to the F-15E as he led the F-15E Operational Test and Evaluation mission at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. Chris has deployed to the OIF/OEF theater numerous times flying combat missions, engaging in strategic planning, and serving as a diplomatic liaison. Chris earned his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Certificate in Finance from East Carolina University in 2011. In 2012, Chris became Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt trained and led process improvement workshops in the Air Force. Furthermore, in 2013, Chris became a resiliency trainer, teaching Airmen the art of acquiring and maintaining resiliency. Chris has also been a repeat lecturer in the Operational Law course at the University of Virginia School of Law. In the local community, Chris volunteers in the public schools, giving career days, teaching science, and participating in junior science camps. Chris is also a soccer coach with Greenville’s Future Stars program and a volunteer firefighter with the Winterville Fire Department. Chris is married to Jennifer Crotty, and has two daughters, Samantha and Madeline.

Justin Hess

Justin Hess received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Wake Forest University in May 2015. Justin is currently a Class Representative for the class of 2019 and enjoys volunteering at the Pitt County Care Clinic. He also enjoys serving on the Board for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter at ECU as Event Coordinator and will serve as President during his second year. He believes that the LINC scholars program will be an invaluable opportunity to develop his leadership skills and ability to provide a high quality of healthcare to his patients in whichever medical field he chooses to pursue.  Among the other focuses of LINC, Justin is also particularly interested in learning tools that can incorporate interprofessional teamwork into quality improvement.

Jason Holbrook

Jason Holbrook is from the wonderful town of Fuquay-Varina, NC. While completing his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at North Carolina State University he served in the US Navy reserve component and worked as a paramedic for the Wake County EMS system. During this time, he also learned to play the great highland bagpipes with the all volunteer Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums band, honoring those fallen in the line of duty. Prior to acceptance and matriculation into medical school he completed the Summer Program for Future Doctors at The Brody School of Medicine. Since joining Brody he serves as co-leader of the Brody Ambassadors and likes to volunteer at the Greenville Shelter Clinic. Jason currently has career interests in cardiology, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. Outside of academics he enjoys hiking, backpacking, virtually anything outdoors, and spending time with his wife Keri and their dog Copper.

Anna Laughman

Anna Laughman is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the inaugural class of Levine Scholars and engaged in local and international service, learning, and professional experiences. Upon graduation, Anna worked as a breast cancer research project coordinator and assistant project manager of the Outreach and Disparities Department at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. Anna’s undergraduate and work endeavors inspired her to develop a passion and interest in expanding healthcare into underserved communities. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Anna will continue serving the local community by co-leading a pesticide safety outreach initiative as a North Carolina Schweitzer Fellow. While she has not yet selected a specific field of medicine to pursue, Anna would ultimately like to have a role in healthcare administration. Anna is excited to participate in the LINC Scholar distinction track as she sees it as an incredible opportunity to enhance her leadership abilities, learn healthcare quality improvement strategies, and promote interprofessional skills focused on patient-centered care. In addition to medicine, Anna enjoys being outdoors, painting, and spending time with her family.

Valencia Quiett

Valencia Quiett is from Durham, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health – Environmental Health Sciences from The Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill along with minors in Chemistry and Spanish for the medical professions in May 2015. While completing her degree, Valencia enjoyed volunteering in many capacities at UNC hospitals and volunteering at a free clinic in Carrboro, NC as a HIV counselor. She also enjoyed singing in the UNC Gospel Choir. Currently, Valencia hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics. She believes that her participation in the LINC scholars program presents a wonderful opportunity to witness the integration of public health and medicine. Valencia also believes that the program will further develop the skills necessary to become an effective future leader in medicine.

Pooja Sarin

Pooja Sarin is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Prior to medical school, she worked as a consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s federal practice. Pooja is looking forward to leveraging her previous professional experience and passion for healthcare transformation into a future career in medicine and community health. Outside of academics, she loves to make art, listen to podcasts, volunteer at the student-led community clinics and catch up on her Shondaland favorites.

Akash Shah

Akash Shah completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. He is currently undecided in the field of medicine he would like to pursue after medical school and hopes to expand his knowledge of different healthcare specialties through his experiences at the BSOM. Akash views the LINC Scholars program as an incredible stepping stone in his path to becoming a successful physician. This program will provide the opportunity to develop and build on leadership skills, inter-professional collaboration, and quality improvement within the healthcare system.