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Local author Betty Viamontes named to Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday the appointment of Betty Viamontes to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees.

Viamontes, 50, of Odessa, serves as corporate controller of Tampa General Hospital and is 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.

Viamontes succeeds MarDee Buchman for a term ending May 31, 2019. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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