Dana Siford has been with the Pine-Richland School District since May 2003.
She began as assistant business manager and was promoted to Business Manager and then director of Finance & School Services in 2010 and most recently director of Financial & Operational Services in 2013.
She has helped the district in many facets including: Implementing a newsoftware program which integrated payroll, human resources, benefits, financialaccounting, purchasing, fixed asset management and miscellaneous billing.
She helped manage multiplevariable rate swap financing transactions and monitor compliance and cash flow and with developing andmaintaining a comprehensive construction project cost model.
She assisted with the implementation of a supply ordering system to provide the staff with flexibility in placing orders,eliminating the inefficiency of the bid list process and eliminating the needto manage and store most district-wide bulk purchases. Siford also helped develop a fiscal year-end audit documentation manual and establishing aprocurement card system to provide for flexibility in payment of transactionsand developed internal control procedures and guidelines accordingly.
She also has helped with:
Restructuring internal controls within the business office to comply with governmental auditing standards
Developing & evaluatingvarious service proposals including banking services, managing underwriter and food service
Drafting & revisingvarious school board policies
Implementing a remotedeposit on site system to provide for timely deposits of district funds
Assisting in the development of a comprehensive financial budget model
Prior to Pine-Richland, Dana worked for Maher Duessel, Certified Public Accountants in Pittsburgh, PA from1998 through April 2003 as an auditor. While an auditor, she:
Managed schooldistrict, municipal & non-profit audit engagements
Analyzed & prepared financial statements and related disclosures for auditclients
Developed & prepared recommendations for improvements to clients’ internalcontrol systems and accounting procedures
Prepared the annual financial report for submission to the PennsylvaniaDepartment of Education on behalf of school district audit clients
Prepared annual tax returns for non-profit audit clients
Evaluated federal expenditures for single audit engagements & tested federal compliance requirements accordingly
Supervised &trained staff accountants on various engagement teams
Pennsylvania State University – Behrend College, Erie, PA
B.S. in Accounting & Minor in Management
Graduated with distinction:May 1998
Pennsylvania Instituteof Certified Public Accountants
Pennsylvania School Business Officials - Served as a chapter office of the West Central Chapter for five years
Served as a presenter for Elements of Governmental Fund Accounting workshop – 2011, 2009 and 2007