James Slater, PharmD
Executive Director of Pharmacy Services and PGY-1 Program Director
James received his baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy from Oregon State University in 1995, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997. He completed a Pharmacy Residency specializing in Family Medicine and Drug Policy at OHSU Gabriel Park and created CareOregon’s first pharmacy formulary under the mentorship of Dean Haxby, Pharm.D. in 1998. Jim was then the second ambulatory care pharmacist to be hired at Providence Medical Group where he pioneered clinical pharmacy services for the medical group which included implementing pharmacist collaborative guidelines and prescribing. Jim also innovated an electronic medical record whose primary focus was individual- episodic care tracking and transform the data to show physicians population based information of key evidence-based outcome drivers so that physicians could see and take action on their patients not at goal (1999-2001). As clinical pharmacy coordinator at Providence Medical Group (2002-2005) Jim coordinated ambulatory drug therapy initiatives, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee evidence based reviews as well as pharmacy benefit management companies and clinical pharmacy service vendors who maintained necessary business relationships with Providence. Responsibilities as Clinical Program Manager (2005-2010) included management of the clinical pharmacy program for a 380,000 member Health Plan and over $380,000,000 in annual expenditure in drug and vaccine cost for the pharmacy & medical benefits. This included data analysis, strategic planning, project development/implementation, physician relations/reporting and member communication.
Jim began his journey with CareOregon in November of 2010 where he participates directly with four coordinated care organizations to assist with community centered transformation activities centered on health and wellness for a population over 230,000. He leads a staff of 50 individuals in a highly delegated team-based style of leadership. Accelerated process improvement techniques are used at the staff level to drive work both internally and externally with key partners. Jim’s work responsibilities span operational, clinical and strategic innovation activities with Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial medication experience. He is the founder of our Pharmacist collaborative for FQHC clinic pharmacists to learn from each other and move forward with transformational objectives. Jim serves as the current lead for human centered design team response to unmet medication needs and followed it through all the stages of discovery, design, experiment and implementation phases. Currently, Jim is leading the implementation phase of an aggressive multipronged business plan to improve medication use, coordination and experience at all levels of the healthcare delivery system for providers and patients.
Most recently Jim innovated the concept of our clinic development team: Managed care pharmacy residents, Ambulatory care residents and pharmacists embarking on a journey of integration into Primary Care Clinics within our CCO partners to best serve the needs of our clients and their underserved patients. For over ten years Jim was a clinical assistant professor with the University of Florida College of Education and has remained an affiliate faculty member of Oregon State University since 1997. With a passion for lifelong learning, development of a residency program is an exciting complement to CareOregon’s pioneering endeavors in pharmacy practice. In his spare time Jim enjoys his family, wine making, gardening, boat building, fine knife sharpening and natural sharpening stone procurement and nautical fiction.
Dean Haxby, PharmD
Strategic Pharmacy Projects Director
Dean received his baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy from Oregon State University, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He completed a Clinical Pharmacy Fellowship in Family Medicine with MUSC and joined the faculty of the University of Wyoming in Family Medicine and Pharmacy where he served for two years. For the past 26 years he has been a faculty member with the OSU College of Pharmacy at OHSU, where he has worked in family medicine, drug policy and drug use management. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at OSU and Director of its Drug Use Research and Management Program which staffs the Oregon Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and administers the retro-DUR program for the Oregon fee-for-service Medicaid program. He served as CareOregon’s Pharmacy Director for 14 years and currently serves approximately a day per week as CareOregon’s Strategic Pharmacy Projects Director and Chairman of the CareOregon Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
Kristen Benkstein, PharmD,
Pharmacy Manager and PGY-1 Residency Coordinator
Kristen received her PharmD at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and completed a PGY-1 residency at the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System in Reno, Nevada. She then became a Clinical Pharmacist at the Portland VA hospital and worked in a variety of areas, including the Nursing Skilled Care Unit, formulary management, and disease state management in several specialty clinics (dyslipidemia, erythropoietin, anticoagulation, and heart failure). She was also the Director of Experiential Education. She then came to CareOregon and was responsible for formulary benefit management, P&T Committee, the Part D Medication Therapy Management Program, several special projects, and developed a collaborative with practicing pharmacists in the surrounding community before becoming a manager with the company. When she is not busy chasing her twins around, she enjoys playing tennis, running, reading, and travel.
BingBing Liang, PharmD
In pursuing a dream of helping the vulnerable population find their voice in a democratic social structure, BingBing came to United States and completed her education at Idaho State University College of pharmacy in 1997. After journeying through the delivery side of pharmacy practice at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for over four years, then clinical side at Las Vegas and Portland VA Medical Center in ambulatory care and specialty clinics arena (dyslipidemia, erythropoietin, anticoagulation and heart failure) for another four years, BingBing finally found her true match of her skill sets with her passion at Manage Care setting, her career soul mate with CareOregon. During her ten years practice at manage care side, she has developed PGY 1 residence program with Manage Care focus at the Providence Health Plan. She is well versed in project management and key health plan functions, has in-depth knowledge in regulatory compliance, quality and pharmacy operations at health plan level. Outside of work BingBing is fun loving mother of two teenagers, co-CEO, CFO and COO of her household. She is world traveler, loves gourmet cooking and reinventing the recipes for daily cooking. She is voracious reader and occasionally binge watching thought provoking TV series.
Kara Lee Shirley, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Supervisor and PGY-2 Residency Program Director
Dr. Shirley’s pharmacy adventure started at an independent pharmacy as a cashier in 1989, eventually attending the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and earning a PharmD with distinction in 1999. Following graduation Dr. Shirley completed a PGY-2 ASHP Accredited Residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (1999) and a Fellowship in Neuropsychiatric Drug Development at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia (2000). Her clinical passion lies in serving the underserved as well as those with severe neuropsychiatric illness, especially with the field of adolescent and child psychiatry.
Dr. Shirley previously held concurrent faculty appointments with Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany College of Medicine as well as Russell Sage Graduate School of Nursing (2002-2007). As Lead Pharmacotherapy Specialist of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (2007-2008) and faculty at University of Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy, Dr. Shirley was awarded a Pharmacists for Change Fellowship by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation for her proposal regarding Pharmacist Initiated Falls Prevention in Neuropsychiatric Inpatients. Previously (2008-2010), as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Husson University School of Pharmacy, her professional goals focused upon establishing one of Maine's first accredited schools of pharmacy and providing pharmaceutical care within Adolescent & Child Psychiatry, at The Acadia Hospital, Bangor, ME. In 2010 Dr. Shirley returned to full-time community practice working throughout rural Maine until the Fall of 2014 and remains self-employed as a neuropsychiatric pharmacotherapy consultant. She enjoys travel, performance arts, scuba diving, sky diving, camping and adventure in general.
Denise Beasley, PharmD,
Ambulatory Care Clinical Coordinator,
received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Oregon State University College of Pharmacy in 2013. She facilitates CareOregon’s Pharmacist Collaborative to contract and credential pharmacists for fee-for-service reimbursement, with efforts focused on an outcomes and cost avoidance assessment of pharmacist clinical intervention impact on patients at high risk for ED/hospitalization use. Dr. Beasley’s pharmacy training is preceded by two years of naturopathic medical studies at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. Earlier career paths included client services with a focus on anatomic pathology and human tissue procurement for NIH and NCI funded protocols at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and National Disease Research Interchange in Philadelphia. She has coordinated NIH funded studies in integrative medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she completed training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques. Professional interests include population health, public policy, entrepreneurial think tanks and integrative approaches to health and wellness. Her favorite hobbies include spending time with family, hiking and wandering the outdoors, and DIY projects.
Melissa Joy Brewster, PharmD, BCPS,
Columbia Pacific CCO Pharmacist,
received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Utah in 2011. While at the University of Utah, she was awarded the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize recognizing an outstanding woman in the health sciences for her work initiating and passing syringe legislation in the state of Utah. She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at Alaska Native Medical Center where she focused on the psychiatric needs of patients in rural areas. Melissa continued her clinical pharmacy practice at the VA in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she developed and managed multiple clinics for patients with serious mental illness. She was instrumental in the creation of the VA’s National Opioid Safety Initiative and was recognized by the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists for her innovative work implementing the first broad-scale pharmacist-managed naloxone program in the country. Melissa also serves as a consultant and lecturer for regional Burning Man events and other festivals to assist in training staff in providing harm reduction services. Her professional interests revolve around reducing the harms from prescribed, recreational, and illicit substances and include opioid safety, naloxone distribution, drug policy, and psychedelic research. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys working on her small farm, fishing, canyoneering, yoga, and dancing wildly under the full moon.
Cory Douglas Bradley, PharmD,
Medicaid Pharmacist Lead
Training/Education: Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Professional Interests: Population management, Healthcare data analytics
Projects: Hepatitis C patient care program, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee Agenda Coordinator
Favorite Hobbies: Running, golfing, and home brewing
Paul Carson, BA
Training and Development Specialist, Pharmacy
Paul is a Learning and Development professional and public speaker with extensive experience in the insurance, financial and health care industries. He focuses on health literacy and in highlighting the patient perspective in healthcare, while driving innovative projects that improve care and systems for both patients and providers. Paul helped launch CareOregon’s MEDS Ed continuing education series for healthcare professionals, examining disease states that impact patient quality of life. He’s an advocate for disability rights and has also led seminars on trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing. A frequent public speaker and member of Toastmasters International, he’s competed in the regional District International Speech Contest and was the First Place Winner of the Downtown (Portland) Division’s Humorous Speech Contest two years in a row.
Karen L. Collell, MS
Ambulatory Care Clinical Coordinator
Karen received her baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy from Oregon State University in 1980, and her Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy degree in 1982. She completed a Pharmacy Residency at the Portland VA Medical Center specializing in infectious diseases. Karen has served as one of the first “decentralized pharmacists” at Legacy Good Samaritan in Portland Oregon. At Good Samaritan she helped develop the Pharmacy Quality Assurance program in preparation for the Joint Commission Accreditation site visit. Her next position as a Clinical Specialist in Infectious Disease (1988-1998) at the Portland VA Medical Center included providing antimicrobial recommendations and monitoring therapy for Veterans. Karen pioneered one of the first “Antimicrobial Monitoring Services “ in Portland at the VA Medical Center and then later developed and implemented an AMS program at Providence St Vincent Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital. Transitioning into management roles Karen has served as a Pharmacy Director at the Portland VA Medical Center and most recently at PeaceHealth St John Medical Center in Longview Washington. Karen enjoys making lotions, birdwatching, RV camping and traveling in the great Northwest.
Analisa Cari Elliott, PharmD
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Clinical areas of practice or expertise: medication therapy management, geriatrics, utilization management, Medicare STAR program
Training and education: University of Florida College of Pharmacy, PharmD with honors (2013); PGY-1 Medication Therapy Management and Geriatrics Residency, University of Florida Medication Therapy Management Communication and Care Center (2014).
Professional interests: MTM, Precepting/Mentoring, Ambulatory Care, Medicare STARs
Favorite Hobbies: traveling, walking (especially with my dogs), exploring Portland, reading.
Leah Goeres, PharmD
Ambulatory Care Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy
Leah Goeres is an ambulatory care pharmacist who consults with three palliative care teams. Through clinical and operational pharmacy services, Leah aims to help CareOregon members with advanced illness be safe and comfortable in their homes. When asked about her practice site, Leah says, “I love to see people in their homes! Home-life and daily hygiene are the foundation on which all other healthcare takes place.” Leah has postdoctoral training in Geriatrics, Epidemiology, and Public Health. Her research interests include aging in place and urban-rural divide. When not at work, Leah enjoys international travel, board games, and pub trivia.
Cisco Eric Jorgensen, PharmD, BCPS
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
Clinical areas of practice or expertise: Medication Therapy Management, Anticoagulation, Home Infusion
Training and education: Oregon State University BS Nutrition Science, Cum Laude (1996); Oregon State University Chemistry Minor (1996); Oregon State University College of Pharmacy BS (2001); University of Florida, PharmD, Cum Laude (2013)
Professional interests: Teaching/Precepting
Favorite hobbies: traveling, mountain biking, hiking and my 3 children
Nana Ama Kuffour, PharmD
Ambulatory Care Clinical Coordinator
Training/Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Worcester/Manchester (2007)
Professional Interests: Chronic disease state management with an emphasis on diabetes care, Preventative care
Clinical Areas of Practice/Expertise: Medication therapy Management
Projects: Partnering with OutcomesMTM to enhance coordinated care, while improving patient outcomes, Improving Star Measures
Favorite Hobbies: Soccer with my kids, reading, cooking/baking, travel
ThuViet Thi Nguyen, PharmD, MBA
Pharmacy Senior Clinical Coordinator
Training/Education: Seattle University, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and College of Business
Professional Interests: Medicare Program Management, Formulary Management, Medicare Quality Assurance
Projects: Medicare Compliance, Formulary Administration, Utilization Management, Part D Data Validation, PBM oversight
Favorite hobbies: Spending time with family, reading, cooking, running
Diane Gahan Petersen, RPh, MBI, BCPS, CGP
Clinical areas of practice or expertise: critical access hospital practice, compounding, outpatient and home infusion, geriatrics, itinerant relief practice
Training and education: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, BS Pharm 1992; Oregon Health and Science University, Masters of Biomedical Informatics 2013
Professional interests: Rural and Native health, Healthcare data analytics, Interoperability
Projects: Safe Opiates Use Program, EHR/PA process improvement
Favorite Hobbies: Hiking, fishing, fiber arts and design, technology mentoring
Kristie Robertson, PharmD
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
Clinical areas of practice or expertise: MTM and Geriatrics
Training and education: University of Florida College of Pharmacy, PharmD Magna Cum Laude (2013); PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with University of Kentucky and Kroger Pharmacy (2014)
Professional interests: Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Management, MTM, Geriatrics, Ambulatory Care, and Precepting/Teaching
Projects: Reaching goal of 2500 MTM CMRS for OHP
Favorite Hobbies: Watching Netflix with my husband and dog, eating with friends, and shopping
Rachel Vossen, PharmD
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Pharmacy
Rachel graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program in 2014. Rachel then completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with Balls Foods Stores in Kansas City. During her residency, Rachel implemented a Medicare Part D renewal program in two pharmacies and conducted a survey-based research project assessing communication patterns among community, hospital and clinic pharmacists in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Rachel’s current professional areas of interest include chronic pain policies and clinical management, provider and community education, and population trends informing clinical program development. In her free time Rachel enjoys exploring the great outdoors of Southern Oregon in Medford and surrounding areas.