Finalists Named for KUA Board

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 2, 2013 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on Wednesday interviewed seven applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the five-member volunteer utility board. An eighth candidate withdrew prior to the interviews.

Per the guidance of the Kissimmee City Commission, the board narrowed the list to three recommended applicants whose names have been sent to the commission for a second round of interviews and final appointment on May 14.

The recommended 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.

– 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 candidate appointed by the city commission will be sworn in at the utility’s October board meeting.

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

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Chris M. Gent
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