Candidates for the HPNA Board of Directors

The HPNA Board of Directors is proud to present the two candidates nominated by the HPNA Governance Committee to be elected by members for a term beginning in January 2020. The information below is provided by the candidates to learn more about their experience and why they are running.  All voting members will receive a secure email from the ballot company on July 31, and ballots will remain open until September 1, 2019. Results will be reported in the HPNA newsletter. Guide the future of HPNA by voting in this year's election! 


Masako Mayahara, PhD, RN, CHPN, FPCN

Dr. Mayahara endeavors to eliminate pain at the end of life. She is committed to improving pain management in hospice and palliative care and educates interdisciplinary healthcare providers to understand patient and caregiver management of pain in the  home. 

A long-term member of HPNA, Dr. Mayahara actively furthers its national agenda. She was past president of the HPNA Chicagoland chapter and a diversity task force member. She is a State Ambassador, promoting specialty certification. She served as Research Agenda Task Force and scientific subcommittee chair for the HPNA. Additionally, she is past chair of Midwest Nursing Research Society Palliative Care/End-of-Life Research Interest Group, and is a community hospice agency Board Member.

Dr. Mayahara’s funded research includes developing an easy-to-use digital application (e-PainSupport) to facilitate pain management at home. She publishes in peer-reviewed journals and presents nationally and internationally. Her accomplishments are well-recognized.

She became a HPNA Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing in 2016 and was selected as Research Scholar in 2017. In 2017, Dr. Mayahara received the Outstanding Contribution to Palliative Medicine Award from the Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program.  In 2019, she received the Rush University Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

Lynn Reinke, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

Dr. Reinke is currently an Investigator in Health Services R&D at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing's Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Information Systems at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

She is recognized nationally and internationally for advancing science and practice in palliative and hospice care. Dr. Reinke is an expert in dyspnea management and the development and testing of nurse-led programs for patients with advanced serious illnesses, specifically those with lung cancer, COPD and multi-morbidities. Her programs are geared toward enhancing primary palliative as well as specialty hospice and palliative care. Dr. Reinke completed a health policy fellowship that focused on improving access to community palliative care services and the provision of value-based care for seriously ill older adults.  

Dr. Reinke was a 2014 recipient of the Cambia Healthcare Foundation Sojourns Scholars Leadership award.  She is the co-director of the Palliative Care Training Center at the University of Washington, has served on the Board of Directors for the American Thoracic Society, and is a member of the HPNA Leadership Development Task Force.  Dr. Reinke is committed to HPNA’s mission of advancing expert care in serious illness and will contribute to the board by lending her leadership, research, and policy expertise to help give a greater voice to hospice and palliative nurses in our healthcare system, advocate for our patients, and grow and advance our profession.