Board of Directors

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.

(left to right) Rae Hemphill, director; Manny Ortega, assistant secretary; Ethel Urbina, secretary; Jim Welsh, retired president and general manager; Kathleen Thacker, vice chairman; Jose Alvarez, mayor of Kissimmee; Jeanne Van Meter, chairman; Grant Lacerte, vice president and general counsel.

Board Member Biographical Information

View Kathleen Thacker's biography.

Kathleen Thacker


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View Ethel Urbina's biography.

Ethel Urbina

Vice Chairman

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View Manny Ortega's biography.

Manny Ortega


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View Rae Hemphill's biography.

Rae Hemphill

Assistant Secretary

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View Jeanne Van Meter's biography.

Jeanne Van Meter


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View Mayor Jose Alvarez's biography.

Mayor Jose Alvarez

Ex Officio

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