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Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Lena Markley has enjoyed a long and successful career as a graphic designer. After studying painting and graphic design at Cornell and American Universities, she became a designer and, ultimately, senior art director at a woman-owned graphic design firm in Washington, DC, earning numerous awards for her work.

In 2010, she started her own company, Dovetail Design Studio, specializing in logo development, branding, communication and fundraising materials.

In addition to pursuing her career and building her business, Lena has been a professional singer of contemporary popular music for over 45 years. Although she and her husband Kevin (who is also a professional musician) have no children of their own, they enjoy immense pride in their 19 nieces and nephews.

In April 2014, Lena was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and her world was turned upside down. Fortunately, within days, she found her way to Georgetown Lombardi . Today, she is thriving and enjoying life thanks to her outstanding medical treatment, supportive network of friends and family, and her strong positive attitude.

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