Eight Apply for KUA Board

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 29, 2013 – Eight residents have submitted applications to fill a vacancy on the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors. The deadline for completed applications was April 26.

The outgoing director, attorney Fred Cumbie, has served two terms on the board and is not eligible for reappointment.
Board applicants must reside within KUA’s service territory and should demonstrate a successful business or professional management career. The applicants are:

– HOWARD CHANIN, president of Butler Mortgage, Inc. in Kissimmee. He is a 23-year resident of Kissimmee and holds an economics degree from Babson College in Massachusetts. He is the former finance chairman of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in St. Cloud.

– JOSEPH “JOSÉ” COLON, a 10-year resident of Kissimmee and graduate of the Kissimmee School of Government. He holds a business administration/computer science degree from Pace University in New York. He previously served on the boards of MetroPlan Orlando and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. He is retired.

– JEROME “JERRY” GEMSKIE, former Kissimmee city commissioner and an 18-year resident of Kissimmee. He was previously manager of a roofing company in Chicago, Illinois. He is retired.

– OLGA GONZALEZ, president of the Church and Community Assistance Program and a 15-year resident of Kissimmee. She is president of the Morgan Point Property Owners Association and holds a degree from Bronx Community College in New York.

– GUILLERMO “BILL” HANSEN, publisher and editor of El Osceola Star newspaper. He currently serves on the Valencia College Board of Trustees, the Osceola Tourist Development Council and the board of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. He is a 22-year resident of Kissimmee and holds degrees from Croydon Technical College and London Tourism College in England.

– JOHN JONES, site supervisor with Bermuda Builders, Inc. in Kissimmee. A graduate of Osceola High School, he holds a degree from Valencia College and is currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida. He is a 23-year resident of Kissimmee.

– TELVA MILLER, president and lead professor at Miller’s College of Nursing in Kissimmee. She is a 45-year resident of Kissimmee and holds degrees from Valencia College, Florida Southern and University of Phoenix. She is currently attending the University of Phoenix for a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D).

– ETHEL URBINA, real estate broker and owner of Mercedes Investments, LLC in Kissimmee. A resident of Kissimmee for the past 10 years, she is a former AT&T executive with service in the U.S., Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

The KUA board will interview applicants at the end of its regular meeting on May 1. The board will send three recommended applicants to the Kissimmee City Commission for second interviews and final appointment on May 14. The candidate appointed by the city commission will be sworn in at the board’s October meeting.

Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836