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The Kissimmee Utility Authority's board of directors sets policy direction for the utility. Specifically, the board approves the annual budget, sets rates and approves major purchases.

The board also selects a general manager who is responsible for day-to-day operations of the utility. The board holds regular business meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm. Workshop meetings, generally devoted to a single subject, are held on an as-needed basis. In addition, board members represent the utility in various local, regional and national organizations.

KUA Board of Directors
KUA Board of Directors
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(standing, left to right) Jim Swan, mayor of Kissimmee; Jeanne Van Meter, vice chairman; Jim Welsh, president and general manager; Reginald Hardee, chairman; Kathleen Thacker, assistant secretary; Dr. George Gant, secretary; Ethel Urbina, Director; Grant Lacerte, vice president and general counsel.

Board Member Biographical Information 

Reginald Hardee Reginald L. Hardee

Reginald Hardee joined the board in 2007. He was reappointed in 2012 and currently serves as chairman. Hardee is the information technology director for Florida's Turnpike Enterprises. He brings over 20 years of IT experience to the organization, focused on strategic planning, budgeting, building and leading support and development teams in a public sector setting.

Jean Van Meter Jeanne Van Meter
Vice Chairman

Jeanne Van Meter joined the board in 2011. She is a former Kissimmee city commissioner. Van Meter has been active in the community since 1973 and has served on a variety of boards, including Valencia Community College, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, Council on Aging and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.

Dr. George Gant Dr. George Gant

Dr. George Gant first joined the board in 1985 when he served as mayor of Kissimmee. Since then, he has served nearly a quarter century on the utility board as either an elected or appointed representative. He was reappointed to the board in 2011, following a partial term in 2008. Gant is a former Kissimmee city commissioner and retired medical director of the Osceola County Health Department.

Kathleen Thacker Kathleen Thacker
Assistant Secretary

Kathleen Thacker joined the board in 2010. She is a retired school psychologist, a graduate of St. Cloud High School and holds degrees from Florida State University and Western Carolina University. She is also a graduate of the Kissimmee School of Government.

Ethel Urbina Ethel Urbina

Ethel Urbina joined the board in 2013. She is a real estate broker and owner of Mercedes Investments, LLC in Kissimmee. Urbina is a former AT&T executive with 27 years of service in the U.S., Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. She also worked for the government of Nicaragua for six years.

Mayor Jim Swan Mayor Jim Swan
Ex officio

Mayor Jim Swan was re-elected in November 2012. He is retired from the solid waste industry. Mayor Swan is a former Osceola County commissioner, worked toward improving water quality in Lake Tohopekaliga, served as chairman of Metroplan Orlando and was awarded Water Conservationist of the Year in 1980 by the Florida Wildlife Federation. He currently serves as president of the Osceola Council on Aging board of directors.

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