Professional Staff

Brenda S. Ho, MS, RN
Chief Executive Officer
brendah@hospiceofhilo.org

Brenda oversees and is responsible for the overall daily management and administration of Hospice of Hilo. Under the general direction of the board of directors and in accordance with policies set forth by the board, she has full authority over the approved budget and the hospice program.

Brenda’s exceptional leadership has led our organization from a small agency serving an annual census of 40 patients in 1990, to an organization with an average annual census of over 800 patients in 2017.  Under her visionary leadership, Hospice of Hilo opened the first neighbor island in-patient care center in 2012. 

Brenda’s genuine warmth and deep desire to help others extends beyond what she does for Hospice of Hilo.  Brenda serves on the board of Kokua Mau (the state-wide Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) and on the Hawai‘i County Mayor’s Healthcare Sustainability Taskforce.  She also served as Vice-Chair of the Hawai‘i Healthcare System Corporation’s East Hawai‘i Regional Board, finishing her term in 2014. She is a President of the South Hilo Rotary Club, a member of Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is a long standing Weinberg Association Fellow, graduating from the Weinberg Fellows Program in 1993.

When a leader has clear vision, it is a gift.  When a leader has a warm heart, it is inspiring.  Hospice of Hilo is blessed that Brenda has both.

Shirley S. Dellinger, MHRM
Director of Operations
shirleyd@hospiceofhilo.org

Shirley is responsible to the CEO for the leadership, development, coordination and management of the business operations, financial affairs, and human resource activities as well as related operational activities. She serves on and works in collaboration with the senior management team. Her duties include overseeing:

  • Human Resources
  • Accounting Processes
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Information Technology (I.T.)
  • Contract Management
  • Special Projects

Joining our team in 2000, Shirley comes to us with a background in accounting and human resources. She has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Business as well as a Masters in Human Resources. Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Shirley is passionate about the work she does for Hospice of Hilo knowing that it makes a difference in the community by touching lives with compassionate care. She had the opportunity to witness the positive impact of hospice from the family’s perspective when her father became ill and was cared for by the hospice team. “It only increased my passion for supporting the work that is so urgently needed." Hospice provided physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to the whole family in a time of need. "I’m honored to be a member of the hospice team working in collaboration with deeply compassionate people."   

Kevin D. Larkin, RN, MA
Director of Clinical Services
kevinl@hospiceofhilo.orgyn@hospiceofhilo.org

Kevin provides management, coordination and oversight of all Clinical Team services. Ensuring team members are operating in accordance with ethical and health regulation standards, have an understanding of hospice care service and documentation requirements, and have a safe and supporting work environment to conduct their work. He also ensures the proper evaluation, management and implementation of clinical service processes and procedures to meet patient needs and maintain a streamline and efficient workflow.

When asked what brought him to hospice work, Kevin shared,"My journey to hospice actually started 25 years ago. Working in a fast paced ICU environment had taken a toll on me and I decided a change was needed.  There was a hospice program in the area that was hiring and I made a phone call to them to inquire about employment. I spoke with a kind woman who asked me a lot of questions that I don’t remember but I am pretty sure they are all the same questions I now ask when hiring a new nurse. ʻWhat brings you to hospice, have you been with anyone that has died, what do you imagine it is like to work with death and dying every day?'  She let me know I was probably not ready to be a hospice nurse at that time, but she assured me I would be ready one day and hospice would be waiting for me.  That day came in California almost 20 years later. I had applied for multiple nursing jobs but was unable to find work. It felt like there was some kind of road block to my getting work. I was frustrated and not moving forward as I had wanted to. I saw an ad on Craigslist for a hospice nurse and I applied. I believe that everything happens for a reason and at that point in my life my hospice journey was ʻjust waiting for meʻ, just like she promised."

Lynda Dolan, MD
Medical Director
ldolan@fmchawaii.com

Dr. Dolan provides direction and has overall responsibility for all medical aspects of the Hospice of Hilo patient care program. She is part of the Interdisciplinary Team and elicits the support and cooperation of attending physicians in providing care for the general medical needs of Hospice of Hilo patients as related to their life- limiting illness. She also meets the general needs of the patients to the extent that these needs are not being met by the attending physician.  Some of her duties include:

  • Reviewing patient eligibility for Hospice of Hilo services
  • Participating in developing and revising patient’s plan of care
  • Serving as liaison between Hospice of Hilo and the medical community

Dr. Dolan’s association with Hospice of Hilo began in 1999 and in 2009 she became our Medical Director, guiding our Interdisciplinary Team forward in providing a superior level of comfort care for families facing end-of-life issues. She remains steady and calm, building bridges between hospice professionals and physicians as she holds the hands and hearts of family members who watch their loved ones transition.

Craig Shikuma, MD
Hospice Physician

Dr. Shikuma functions under the direction of the Medical Director and assumes the Medical Director’s responsibilities and obligations in Dr. Dolan's absence.  Dr. Shikuma, along with the patient’s attending physician, is responsible for the palliation and management of the life-limiting illness and conditions related to the illness.  Some of his duties include:

  • Participating in decisions for eligibility, admissions, initial certification and re-certification
  • Making home visits to Hospice of Hilo patients as needed
  • Serving as physician member of the Interdisciplinary Team

Dr. Shikuma is an internist in Hilo, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hale Ho'ola Hamakua and Hilo Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 20 doctors at Hale Ho'ola Hamakua and one of 25 at Hilo Medical Center who specialize in Internal Medicine.

Lani Weigert
Clinical Relations Manager
laniw@hospiceofhilo.org

Lani’s position holds the essence of the mission, vision and values of Hospice of Hilo and emulates them in the valued relationships she establishes with the physicians, hospital case managers, social workers, nurses and other medical professionals. She develops and implements marketing and sales initiatives for the strategic growth of all hospice care programs.

 Some of her duties include:

    • Promoting and marketing all programs offered by Hospice of Hilo through education and support
    • Building and maintaining relationships through regular interactions and visitations with all health care professionals and health care organizations
    • Collaborating and educating all Health Care Professionals and Community Organizations on connecting those in need with hospice services

"I was honored and humbled to join the Hospice of Hilo team, as I truly believe this is my “heart song.”  To witness the amazing care, empathy and compassion that is provided by hospice, along with the comfort given to both the patient and their families during a time of confusion, despair, heart wrenching pain and fear, yet leaving them with hope and comfort is truly a miracle.  I‘ve come to understand that Life is always a “gift” but at Hospice of Hilo, Death too, can be a beautiful gift of surrender, acceptance and peace.”

Lisa Kwee
Development and Education Coordinator
lisak@hospiceofhilo.orgnthuyn@hospiceofhilo.org

Lisa is responsible for all aspects of the public/professional education, special events and marketing programs, working collaboratively with the Volunteer Manager on community outreach programs, special events and volunteer development. Some of her duties include:

  • Fundraising events and all other fundraising efforts
  • Collaborating with community partners to increase Hospice of Hilo visibility
  • Developing and implementing educational opportunities for community members to learn about Hospice of Hilo services and support   

Born on the Mariana Island of Guam, Lisa moved to California and became a resident of Hawai‘i in 2002. Lisa has experienced hospice care with her family while on the mainland, and it has resonated with her ever since.   “I was so impressed and grateful with the hospice staff who helped my brother and his wife, who was dying of cancer, so I became a volunteer. Now that I am a part of the staff, I am so grateful to be with an organization such as Hospice of Hilo. It feels great knowing that I have a part in making a difference in someone’s life. There is no better feeling, than to be with a group of passionate team members fulfilling the mission of Hospice of Hilo.”

Jeanette Mochida
Volunteer Manager
jeanettem@hospiceofhilo.org

Jeanette serves on and works in collaboration with the senior management team.  Some of her duties include:

  • Recruiting, managing, coordinating the daily and ongoing functions and activities of the volunteers 
  • Planning for and coordinating community education and special events
  • CNA Scheduling

Born and raised on the Big Island, Jeanette is happy to be a part of an organization that gives back to the community.  Working with amazing volunteers who are kind and selfless is a humbling experience.

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