Milwaukee, Wisconsin – October 4, 2011 – Philip and Deanna Alexander have made their home in the Nash Park neighborhood (near 84th & Capitol) of Milwaukee since becoming homeowners in 2007. A growing connection to the community and near completion of her education has led Deanna to run for a County Supervisor position.
Deanna is a graduate of UW-Parkside where she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Accounting and a certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She will be graduating from Regent University this spring with a Master of Arts Degree in Government and Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Law & Public Policy.
Deanna is presently employed as a Fiscal Assistant II for Milwaukee County where she works in Accounts Receivable at the Mental Health Complex with responsibility for the account of the hospital’s largest insurance payer.
Deanna’s background in public accounting, municipal treasury, and auditing provides her with strong experience in fiscal accountability. Benchmarks of her career include auditing schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and developing an accounting infrastructure to bring the Village of Union Grove into compliance with governmental accounting requirements. Her experience has even reached the state level where she served in a training and advisement capacity teaching financial review methods to employees of the State of Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance.
As a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) and the Association for Government Accountants (AGA), she demonstrates her continual commitment to learning.
From 2002 to 2008 she also served as a soldier in the Wisconsin Army National Guard with Milwaukee’s 57th Field Artillery Brigade, now the 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
Beyond her experience in accounting and assurance for non-profits and governments, she has identified where her strengths, experience and interests merge. “I’ve learned that what really drives me is being able to apply my knowledge in financial and policy issues to helping people. There is nothing better than hearing the sigh of relief from a person who didn’t think it was possible to find a resolution to a scary situation,” she says.
Deanna believes that Milwaukee County is facing some tense situations right now as all of the board members face reelection, the budgeting process makes headlines, and leaders attempt to provide necessary services while remaining conscientious of the burden that taxes already place on the public. “Milwaukee needs leadership that can serve the public by valuing diverse needs and working towards results that will give the next generation the most secure future,” she says. “I am running for Milwaukee County Supervisor for the 18th district because I care about community amenities that promote education and recreation; safe, accessible, and affordable public transportation; and having a government led by public servants committed to economic stability,” she says.
Philip and Deanna Alexander have two young daughters and hope to adopt in the future. They are members of Poplar Creek Church, an Assemblies of God congregation.
Deanna is the third resident to declare candidacy for the open position, also being pursued by Tracey Corder and La Mar “Penny” Amos-Sikora. Current Supervisor for the 18th District, Johnny L. Thomas, has instead declared candidacy for City of Milwaukee Comptroller.