“Vanquishing The Invisible”
An Independent Portrait Project  by James R Morrison and J Mara Morrison
Vanquishing The Invisible will be displayed at the California State Fair during Military and
Veteran Appreciation Day, July 18th continuing on July 19th in the Fine Arts Building 7
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Thank you for your interest in “Vanquishing the Invisible”. From the beginning, you recognized the value and importance of bringing these portraits and stories to the public. We truly appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you at a future event.
Kathy Takayama
U.S. Navy
Kathy Takayama grew up a U.S. Navy brat and followed in her father’s footsteps, serving for five years as a Navy officer. Her father retired as a captain after more than thirty years, including time served as a POW at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War.
Kathy served four years as a naval nuclear power instructor in Orlando, providing training for officers and enlisted personnel who went on to operate nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. As an applied mathematics major at the University of California, Davis, (where a recruiter pulled her aside and said, “Have I got a deal for you!”) Kathy started by teaching enlisted math but quickly moved to teach reactor theory.
Just two years out of college, Kathy was trusted with a leadership position as the Division Director of the Officer Mathematics Department! She proudly left the Navy as Lieutenant Nakagawa (maiden name) with a Navy achievement medal. She is particularly proud of her expert pistol and expert rifle ribbons. When asked if she ever served any time at sea, the answer is yes – a 4-hour tour, which was just long enough to peek through the periscope of the sub after traveling beyond the horizon.
Upon leaving the Navy, Kathy spent several years as an IT Consultant and Microsoft and Novell Certified Instructor, then devoted a career (20+ years) to Hewlett Packard as an R&D Program Manager, Chief of Staff, and Operations Officer. In May 2019 she completed a Masters in Business for Veterans (MBV) at the University of Southern California (USC) and is now living a lifelong dream to get back to teaching as a professor at USC.
While at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Roseville, Kathy helped found the Veterans Employee Resource Network (VERN) and served as co-chairman. The Roseville VERN team is a professional network of employees, both veterans and supporters, who are passionate about impacting Veterans and Veteran causes, including aiding in the recruitment, transition, and retention of Veteran hires.  
Kathy’s son, Ryan, is a graduate of the University of Nevada where he attained his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.
In her spare time, Kathy enjoys remodeling her home, photography, golf, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants – go, Giants!
We received the highest praise on the surveys and in personal comments affirming this project touches viewers in a deep and profound way. Their use of words like, “powerful”, “enlightening”, “passionate”, “thought-provoking”, and (we really liked this one) “take it national” reinforces our belief in this critically important exhibit.
However, “Vanquishing the Invisible” cannot continue - or grow - its outreach without your support. We would be honored if you would take a moment to help fund this project.
There’s so much more we can accomplish if we do it together. Your support will help others attend future exhibits and continue the outreach to new audiences.
Thanks to you, these stories and portraits are possible.

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“Women Veterans are often assumed to be spouses of a veteran. We are on a mission to change that assumption. Working together, we can not only change perceptions but bring to light the vast achievements and contributions our women veterans make every day. Impacting a woman veteran’s life not only positively changes her life, but also her family’s and the community in which she lives.”         Melissa Washington, Founder of Women Veterans Alliance
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