KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 22, 2009 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) vice chairman Nancy Gemskie received the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award at the association’s national conference held last week in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award recognizes elected or appointed officials whose contributions to APPA and their communities have enhanced public power nationally.
The retired president and CEO of a Chicago, Ill.-based insurance company, Gemskie moved to Kissimmee in 1995. She served as chairman of KUA from 2004-2008.
Gemskie currently serves on APPA’s Policy Makers Council. She also chairs the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee and she serves on the Legislative and Resolutions Committee for the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA). In 2004, she was honored by FMEA as its Member of the Year.
Nancy previously served on the City of Kissimmee’s Board of Adjustments and as risk management consultant for the advisory board that oversees Kissimmee’s municipal airport.
This award was initiated in 1984 to recognize personal service to APPA by elected and appointed officials. It honors Spence Vanderlinden of Harlan, Iowa, first chair of APPA’s Policy Makers Council.
The American Public Power Association (www.appanet.org) is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 45 million Americans.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent