Deanna Coggins running for Silver Creek trustee

Deanna Coggins would like to introduce herself to the community. She grew up in the city of Lackawanna. Her father worked at Bethlehem Steel for over 35 years, from high school until they started shutting down. They lived in a sub-division, Autumn Acres, with one street leading to South Park. They had their own playground, rode their own school bus to school and all the kids played together. It was their own community.

Coggins met her husband 19 years ago and moved to the town of Hanover in 1998.

“With the family like community, warmth of a small town, fabulous school system, the smell of cookies and ripe grapes, I fell in love with the village of Silver Creek! What a perfect place to raise my four children. Currently we own a home on Lafayette Street with a rental unit and a wonderful tenant who is the Fire Chief for the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation,” she said.

Coggins’ children have been active in ]sports and the community over the years which allowed her to be the involved parent within the activities. Previously, she volunteered for the Girl Scouts and was a leader for the Cub Scouts. Currently, she is an active volunteer with the school’s Parent-Teacher Team, Boy Scouts of America and teaches the history of the Catholic faith to fourth and fifth graders at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

For the past six years she has represented the target sector in the county on the Board for Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. and currently holds the vice chair position. She serves the country as a Lieutenant junior grade – LT (jg) – with the United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps as the finance officer for the Sullivans Division. The USNSCC is a program for kids ages 10-18 that focuses on teaching young adults not only military customs and courtesies, the Navy’s motto of honor, courage and commitment but also respect, accountability and teamwork.

Since she graduated from Bryant & Stratton College in 1994 with an associate’s degree in accounting she has worked within the accounting field spanning from preparing the required supporting documentation, processing and auditing paperwork for accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, billing, budgets, capital & lease projects, compliance regulations, contracts, cost reports, financial statement preparing & reporting, grants; which includes seeking out and completing the application process, health insurance, inventory, liability insurance, payroll functions, purchasing, qualified empire zone exemptions, recruitment & retention, tax reporting, and uncollectable debts.

Her past and present employment includes processing mutual fund purchases and retirement payments, a MetLife licensed representative selling annuities, health and life insurance and mutual funds, Fieldbrook Foods accounts payable clerk, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce receptionist, Chautauqua County Fairgrounds Association bookkeeper, Silver Creek School District claims auditor, Erie 2 BOCES claims auditor, Accountemps placed her as a staff accountant and she is currently employed at Willcare Inc. as an AR billing coordinator.

“I have assisted with forming the School District Internal Auditing Association, developing a purchasing handbook for staff and recommending corrective action plans to prevent future deficiencies/non-compliance. I have experience with 501c3 organizations, board policy and procedures, education, municipal and purchasing law, NYS Comptrollers’ regulations along with state and federal financial reporting,” Coggins said.

Coggins also enjoys boating, camping, fishing, hiking and exploring the outdoors. She especially enjoys spending weekends at the local beach.

“To me, family and this community are my life’s pleasures. I welcome the opportunity to help and serve the people of Silver Creek. My door is always open to discuss our village’s issues and calmly come up with solutions to the issues that face our small community. In this election I am running for sound fiscal decision making, keeping our police department, solving our water issues not raising taxes and the transparent responsibility of our elected officials. I realize the board of trustees works for the people and listening to what the people say and want will be my one of my top priorities,” Coggins added.