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Beatriz D. Viamontes, CPA, MBA, CHFP, Author

Betty (Beatriz) Viamontes is the Corporate Controller at Tampa General Hospital where she has worked for over 20 years in increasingly responsible roles. She is a certified public accountant with over 25 years of healthcare experience. Betty’s passion about education has led her to her involvement in the FICPA Healthcare Conference Committee where she currently serves as the Vice Chair. Betty completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Accountancy and a Master’s in Business Administration, from the University of South Florida, while working full time and raising her son. Recently, Governor Scott appointed her to the Hillsborough Community College Board of Trustees. In this role, she has had the opportunity to meet with state and federal legislators to request their support for community colleges in Florida. Betty values the role that  community colleges play in providing needed talent to local businesses and in training first responders, nurses, and students who do not have the means to go directly to a four-year university. 
 
Betty  also enjoys giving back to the community by serving as a regular speaker at the University of South Florida and other professional organizations. Her previous lectures have included topics in time management and healthcare. She recently spoke to the Naomi’s Circle about the healthcare system in Cuba. Betty derives her passion from her mother who was a teacher for many years and instilled in her the importance of an education, perseverance, and hard work. 

Betty, her siblings, and her mother came to the United States from Cuba in 1980 when Betty was 15 years old. They left Havana on a shrimp boat on April 26 on a stormy night when many men, women, and children lost their lives in overloaded boats similar to theirs. Not only did Betty have to master the English language when she arrived to the United States, she also became acclimated to a new culture and excelled in a completely foreign environment. In 2015, as a tribute to her mother who passed away in 2011, Betty Viamontes published a memoir-style novel based on her family’s life in Cuba entitled "Waiting on Zapote Street." This book was recently selected by a United Nations book club for its February 2016 reading.