Alumni resident bios

Hear what recent graduates of Humana’s Residency program have to say about their experiences.
Alex James, PharmD, BCPS

Alex James, PharmD, BCPS

Alex James, PharmD, BCPS, is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist from Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the University Of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and completed his PGY1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency at Humana in 2014.

“Humana’s residency program prepares pharmacists to excel in a wide variety of pharmaceutical industries. A Humana resident is provided the opportunity to learn from mentors with years of deep clinical and operational experience through project emersion and exposure to PBM and health plan activities. After completion of Humana’s residency, a pharmacist has the leadership tools necessary for long-term success in the ever evolving world of pharmacy.”

Jonathan Chiang, PharmD

Jonathan Chiang, PharmD

“Humana’s residency program offers unparalleled resources that have accelerated my growth as a new pharmacist practitioner. It’s a one-stop shop for all your managed care needs.”

Jonathan received his PharmD from the University of California, San Diego.

Lilian Ndehi, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Lilian Ndehi, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Lilian Ndehi, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in cell and molecular biology and genetics, and then received her PharmD and MBA degrees from Mercer University, where she graduated with highest honors.

“Humana’s Residency Program was a vital component of my professional and personal development and was essential in my successful progression from a full-time student to an experienced professional in Managed Care. The comprehensive one year immersion program allowed me to strengthen both my clinical and business acumen. This was due to the exposure to a wide range of experiences, access to dedicated mentors with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and the opportunity to customize my rotations to meet my needs.

Furthermore, the residency program allowed me to enhance my soft skills including but not limited to adaptability, time management, critical thinking and leadership.”

Bethanie Stein, PharmD

Bethanie Stein, PharmD

Bethanie received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“The Residency Program exposed me to each core business unit within Humana Pharmacy Solutions and also uniquely connected pharmacy into the broader Humana landscape. I still use the knowledge, experiences, and connections made during that 1 year to help support and execute Humana’s broader vision in my every day work. This program shaped me as a leader and continues to motivate me to navigate through the complexity of healthcare to ultimately make drug costs more affordable for our members.”

Jennifer Harris, PharmD

Jennifer Harris, PharmD

Jennifer Harris, PharmD received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University Of North Carolina Eshelman School Of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She completed a specialized managed care pharmacy residency at Humana.

She credits her residency training for giving her an opportunity to see how all the parts of the pharmacy benefits manager function and are interconnected. Jennifer has enjoyed leveraging this skill set in her various roles at Humana and knows it allows her to be innovative and “Rethink Routine” to help improve the business. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys volunteering, home decorating and sports.

“The Humana Residency Program has helped me develop an understanding of managed care pharmacy and how the application of evidence-based medicine enhances quality for the member and population while reducing costs. I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many professionals in different departments which has helped me piece together how each team fits into the organization and the impact each team has in the business. It is amazing to see all of the Humana values (Thrive Together, Rethink Routine, Cultivate Culture, Pioneer Simplicity, Cultivate Uniqueness) are incorporated into the residency program which has made my residency year an exceptional experience.”

Carissa Swanger, PharmD

Carissa Swanger, PharmD

Carissa Swanger, PharmD, graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 residency in managed care at Humana.

Cari shares “the program provided me with tools to improve upon leadership skills by mentoring pharmacists from across the Humana organization. This has allowed me to be involved in improving quality and reducing costs for our members.”

Ruth Beucker, PharmD, BCPS

Ruth Beucker, PharmD, BCPS

“The pharmacy resident program at Humana has benefited me in more ways than I could have imagined. The program submerged me in many areas within Humana and provided me meaningful projects, allowing me to appreciate the ‘big picture’ view and how interconnected the various teams and departments within Humana truly are. Most notably, however, it is the relationships and people that I met during the yearlong residency program that are truly irreplaceable.

“The residency program provided me the opportunity to be a part of an organization with so many talented colleagues, several of which are graduates of the residency program as well. It is truly a privilege to be able to work at Humana, a place where I am challenged to be my best every day and have the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop professionally.”

Ruth attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy, in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and sociology.

Ruth Beucker, PharmD, BCPS

Sang-A Yun, PharmD

Sang-A Yun, PharmD, graduated from Purdue University with distinction and completed her Managed Care Pharmacy Residency with Humana.

“Rotating through different teams during residency has given me the opportunity to build upon my knowledge. It was exciting to learn how one team collaborates with another, and I experienced how each team embodied one of Humana’s values, “Thrive Together.” Additionally, throughout residency, I was surrounded by mentors with genuine interest in my growth and success. Staying at Humana post-residency has given me the opportunity to continue to build new relationships and foster old ones.”

Ruth Beucker, PharmD, BCPS

Claire Bugner Kiss, PharmD

“Humana’s residency program provided me with a year of continuous learning and growth. I expanded my knowledge of managed care pharmacy, networked with pharmacy and business leaders across the company, and developed skills that will be valuable throughout my career in pharmacy."

Claire graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill receiving her Doctorate of Pharmacy. She received a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Spanish from Louisiana State University.