LINC Scholars - Inaugural Class

Paige Driver
Paige Driver completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Charlotte in 2013. Before medical school, Paige enjoyed volunteering at UNC Hospitals and the Community Care Clinic of Rowan County. Paige was employed in pediatric home care for one year and emergency department nursing for two years before her matriculation into Brody School of Medicine. Paige plans to pursue a Pediatric Residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship after graduation from medical school. She is passionate about improving the quality of care for critically ill newborns by finding innovative ways to incorporate their families into the care plan. Paige believes that the LINC program at Brody School of Medicine will give her the foundation and tools to excel in her career goals.

Ismail Kassim
Ismail Kassim hails from Lagos, Nigeria by way of High Point, North Carolina. He graduated from NC State University with degrees in Chemistry and Human Biology in 2014. Ismail is interested in Internal Medicine and hopes to expand his knowledge of public health and healthcare systems through the LINC Scholar program. He is an avid sports fan, enjoys traveling and volunteers at the Jarvis Boys and Girls Club.

Elizabeth Kripner
Elizabeth Ferruzzi attended North Carolina State University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Oceanography in May 2014. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC before attending Brody in fall of 2014. Elizabeth is interested in primary care, and has a passion for pediatrics and family medicine. Currently, she is involved in the Pediatric and Family Medicine Interest Groups at Brody, and will be a member of the leadership team with the Med-Peds Interest Group next year. Through these groups, she has been shadowing at the Pediatric Night Clinic and attended the North Carolina Academy of Family Medicine's Winter Conference in December 2014. This summer she will be participating in the Rural Health Experience summer program through the North Carolina Academy of Family Medicine. Elizabeth believes the LINC Scholars Program as an incredible opportunity to strive towards developing interprofessional skills with her peers, collaborating to become more effective and compassionate leaders in the community and in their future professions.

Taj A. Nasser
Taj Nasser received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from East Carolina University in 2014. At Brody, Taj is the administrator for his class's file-sharing website, Wiggio. He also enjoys volunteering at the Greenville Community Shelter Clinic as well as the Grimesland clinic. He is currently undecided in the area of specialty he would like to pursue. This summer, he plans on participating in the inaugural class of LINC scholars with his fellow colleagues as well as spending quality time with his family. Taj chose to participate in the LINC scholars program because "this program will allow me to continue to develop my leadership skills and to make a positive difference by pushing me to augment the quality of medical care that I will provide."

Zachary Williams

Zach Williams received his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State in the Spring of 2011, double majoring in Biology and Chemistry. Enjoying research, Zach went on to pursue a Master of Science degree from Appalachian State in Cellular and Molecular Biology which he completed in fall 2014. His Master's thesis and research involved characterizing a novel gene with health implications using zebrafish. Throughout college and graduate school, Zach developed his leadership and communication skills by serving on both undergraduate and graduate student Senates, as President of his Fraternity, and as President of the Order of Omega honor society. During his time in graduate school and while here at medical school, he has volunteered at local free health clinics where he has developed an interest in public health and outreach. Having formerly owned a mobile entertainment company, Zach has an interest and awareness in business that he would like to utilize, in conjunction with his leadership skills, during his medical career. Zach knows that serving as a LINC Scholar will provide him a unique tool set he can integrate into a constantly changing health care system, allowing him to better serve his community. He is especially interested in the innovation, quality improvement, and interprofessional team aspects of the LINC program. His current medical interests are in family and emergency medicine with incorporation of wilderness medicine into his practice.