Ana Lawton was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States, a refugee, at the age of four. She grew up in the Chicago area and has lived there most of her life. She has earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees. She recently retired from a 43-year career in accounting, finance, and financial systems, specializing in business intelligence software for the last twenty years. She is a CPA and is also certified in project management and change management. Ana has travelled to several states and Europe, fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting Paris, France. A cancer survivor, Mrs. Lawton has participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night campaign, raising funds for blood cancer research. She was a member of Toastmasters International for four years, during which she competed in several speech competitions.