Betty Viamontes was born in Havana, Cuba. In 1980, at age 15, at the height of a massive Cuban exodus from the Port of Mariel in Havana, she immigrated to the United States with her mother and siblings. Betty Viamontes completed graduate studies at the University of South Florida and moved on to a successful career in Accounting. She is corporate controller of Tampa General Hospital and vice chair of the Florida Institute of CPAs. She is also the author of “Waiting on Zapote Street: Love and Loss in Castro’s Cuba,” a novel based on a true story set in 1961 at the height of the Cuban Revolution. Viamontes has published several short stories and is working on a second book. Betty lives in Odessa, Fl.