[Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 44 (Monday, March 16, 2015)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E336-E337]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                              OF THE YEAR


                          HON. ADAM B. SCHIFF

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, March 16, 2015

  Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women's History 
Month. Each year, we pay special tribute to the contributions and 
sacrifices made by our nation's women. It is an honor to pay homage to 
outstanding women who are making a difference in my Congressional 
District. I would like to recognize a remarkable woman, Kellye Nakahara 
Wallett of Pasadena, California.
   Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Ms. Nakahara moved to San Francisco 
in the 1960's to establish herself as a professional artist, selling 
her watercolors of the San Francisco waterfront. In 1968, she married 
David Wallett and they moved to Los Angeles, where she began her career 
as an actress. Halfway through the first season of the popular 
television series ``M*A*S*H'', she landed the role of ``Nurse Kellye.'' 
A renowned and award-winning artist who generously donates her artwork 
to many charitable organizations, Kellye's artwork has been displayed 
in Pasadena City Hall, the California State Capitol, and in the White 
House, where at Congressman Schiff's invitation, she painted a 
Christmas ornament for the official White House Christmas Tree in 2008.
   Well-regarded as an enthusiastic and energetic community leader, Ms. 
Nakahara Wallett's past volunteer service includes eight years on 
Pasadena's Arts and Culture Commission, serving as an Ambassador for 
the Southern California Cherry Blossom Festival, and an Honorary 
Committee member and volunteer for the Latino Heritage Parade in 
Pasadena. She was also active in the American Diabetes Foundation, 
Neighborhood USA Conference, and the American Red Cross. Currently, she 
is a twenty-three year volunteer

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with The Sunshine Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to children 
with cancer, and a frequent guest speaker for various Japanese 
reparation organizations. Kellye is the Artistic Director and Artist-
in-Residence for the Towne Singers, sings with the California 
Philharmonic, and has been a long-time volunteer judge for 
Representative Schiff's 28th Congressional District Art Competition 
Forum & Exhibit.
   Long-time Pasadena residents, Kellye and her husband David, have two 
children, daughter Nalani, son William, and four grandchildren, David, 
William, Max and Grayson.
   I ask all Members to join me in honoring an exceptional woman of 
California's 28th Congressional District, Kellye Nakahara Wallett.