Finalists Named for Utility Board

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 8, 2014 – 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 was not able to participate in a scheduled interview.

The outgoing director, Jeanne Van Meter, has completed a partial term on the board and is eligible for reappointment. She filled the position in 2011 following the resignation and subsequent death of director Jim Kasper.

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 20.

The recommended applicants are:

– ESTHER DAACK, entertainment manager at Walt Disney World and a 12-year resident of Osceola County. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Pacific University in Portland, Ore.

– 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 Osceola County and holds degrees from Croydon Technical College and London Tourism College in England.

– JEANNE VAN METER, a 41-year resident of Kissimmee and a retired realtor. She is a former Kissimmee City Commissioner, and previously served on the boards of Valencia College, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. Van Meter is a past chair of Help Now of Osceola.

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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