Aycha Growing Up
Aycha (Sirvanci) Sawa is a first-generation American. Her parents, both born and raised in Turkey, came to the United States to study, met and were married in New York City at the Turkish consulate. It comes as no surprise Aycha would have established herself as an accomplished accountant and auditor given her family’s natural numerical (quantitative) ability.
Aycha’s father’s career as a statistics professor at UWM & UW-Whitewater is what brought her parents to Milwaukee. Her mother established herself in accounting and information systems, and her older brother, based in the United Kingdom, enjoys a successful career in international finance.
As a family, they were big Bucks fans and went to the Bradley Center often. They enjoyed skiing, going to the beach and Milwaukee’s festivals. Aycha served on her high school Student Council, danced Turkish folklore and performed at the International Folk Fair. While attending UW-Madison she was involved in the Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity/society and in the Turkish Student group.
Aycha & Family Today
In 2016, Aycha and her husband Drew bought their home in Milwaukee’s Downer Woods neighborhood. Drew, born and raised in Chicago, attended Marquette University and fell in love with Milwaukee. Drew also works in corporate accounting and finance. The two get along well with a mutual appreciation of numbers and being organized fiscally.
They are the proud, loving parents of daughter Mina, born in August 2018, at Columbia St Mary’s hospital – the same hospital Aycha was born in!
Drew Sawa’s story is similar to Aycha’s. His paternal Polish grandfather came to the US with his new Scottish bride and settled in Chicago. There his family eventually worked their way up to owning a couple of Polish restaurants. His mother, came from Poland to Chicago in her 20’s, started working at the family restaurant and later married Drew’s father.