James SlaterJames Slater, PharmD
Executive Director of Pharmacy Services

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 in 1998 under the mentorship of Dean Haxby, PharmD. 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 and 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. He participates directly with four coordinated care organizations to assist with community-centered transformation activities focused on health and wellness for a population of more than 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, which he followed through 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 health care 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 members and their underserved patients. For more than 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, natural sharpening stone procurement and nautical fiction.

BingBing LiangBingBing Liang, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy

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 the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for more than four years, then clinical side at Las Vegas and Portland VA Medical Centers in ambulatory care and specialty clinics arena (dyslipidemia, erythropoietin, anticoagulation and heart failure) for another four years. BingBing finally found the true match of her skill sets and her passion in the managed care setting — her career soul mate with CareOregon. During her ten years of practice on the managed care side, she has developed the PGY-1 residence program with a managed 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 a world traveler, loves gourmet cooking and reinventing recipes for daily cooking. She is a voracious reader and occasionally binge watches thought-provoking TV series.

Kristen-BenksteinKristen Benkstein, PharmD, 
Pharmacy Senior Manager and PGY-1 Residency Program Director

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. When she is not busy chasing her twins around, she enjoys playing tennis, running, reading and travel.

Melissa Joy BrewsterMelissa Joy Brewster, PharmD, BCPS, 
Columbia Pacific CCO Pharmacist and PGY-1 Residency Program Coordinator

Melissa 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.

Mariah alfordMariah Alford, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor

Mariah received her PharmD from Oregon State University and completed a PGY-1 residency at the Portland VA Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. Mariah chose to stay with the Portland VA and became an inpatient clinical pharmacist, working with both internal medicine and various surgical specialties. During this time, Mariah also worked part-time for CareOregon, focusing on criteria development and MTM services. She is now a clinical supervisor for CareOregon, overseeing MTM, case management and palliative care pharmacy services.

Nana Ama KuffourNana Ama Kuffour, PharmD
Pharmacy Operations Manager

Training/education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Worcester/Manchester (2007)
Professional interests: Chronic disease state management with an emphasis on diabetes care and preventive care
Clinical areas of practice/expertise: Medication therapy management
Projects: Partnering with Outcomes/MTM to enhance coordinated care while improving patient outcomes, improving star measures
Favorite hobbies: Soccer with her kids, reading, cooking/baking, travel


Cory Douglas BradleyCory Douglas Bradley, PharmD, 
Medicaid Pharmacist Lead

Training/education: Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Professional interests: Population management, health care data analytics
Projects: Hepatitis C patient care program, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Agenda Coordinator
Favorite hobbies: Running, golfing, home brewing


Paul CarsonPaul 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 health care, 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 health care 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, Paul has competed in the regional, district and international speech contests. He was the first-place winner of the downtown (Portland) division’s humorous speech contest two years in a row.

Analisa cari ElliotAnalisa 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 her dogs), exploring Portland, reading

Leah GoeresLeah 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 illnesses 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 health care takes place.” Leah has postdoctoral training in geriatrics, epidemiology and public health. Her research interests include aging in place and the urban-rural divide. When not at work, Leah enjoys international travel, board games and pub trivia.

Andrew HibbardAndrew Thomas Hibbard, PharmD 
Ambulatory Care Clinical Coordinator for CareOregon

Training and education: BS in Biology from Western Michigan University (2010), Western Michigan University Chemistry Minor (2010), Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, PharmD (2015), PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Practice Residency, CareOregon
Professional interests: Medication therapy management, outcomes and analytics, improving immunization outreach, formulary management 
Favorite hobbies: Soccer, mountain biking, camping, fishing, travel


Cisco Eric JorgensenCisco Eric Jorgensen, PharmD, BCPS
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

Clinical areas of practice or expertise: Medication therapy management, anticoagulation, home infusion
Training and education: BS in Nutrition Science from Oregon State University, 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 her three children

ThuViet Thi NguyenThuViet 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 her family, reading, cooking, running

Diane Gahan PetersenDiane Gahan Petersen, RPh, MBI, BCPS, CGP 
Clinical Coordinator

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, health care data analytics, interoperability
Projects: Safe Opiates Use Program, EHR/PA process improvement
Favorite hobbies: Hiking, fishing, fiber arts and design, technology mentoring

Kristie RobertsonKristie 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, precepting/teaching
Projects: Reaching goal of 2500 MTM CMRS for OHP
Favorite hobbies: Watching Netflix with her husband and dog, eating with friends, shopping