Five Residents Apply for Utility Board Opening

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 28, 2008 – Five Kissimmee residents have submitted applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the board of directors of the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA). The deadline for completed applications was April 25.

The outgoing director, attorney Fred Cumbie, will complete his first term in September and is eligible for renomination.

The applicants include:

– William F. Brouillard, Jr., 1214 Cherokee Court, is an independent construction consultant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from American International College and is a certified cost consultant and a certified value specialist. A former Marine, Brouillard has been a resident of Kissimmee for 26 years.

– Fred H. Cumbie, Jr., 1875 Saha Court, is president of the Kissimmee law firm Overstreet Miles Ritch & Cumbie, P.A. He holds degrees from Florida State University College of Law and University of South Florida. Cumbie is a 36-year resident of Osceola County and past president of the Osceola County Council on Aging.

– Hector Lizasuain, Jr., 1643 Neptune Road, is a project manager for Osceola County. He is a graduate of the Gordon Technical School in Chicago, Ill. and a 12-year resident of Kissimmee. Lizasuain is a student mentor, fundraising chairman for Give Kids Safe Shelter and graduate of Leadership Osceola County.

– Patricia B. Orner, 1731 Gateway Lane, is the community education manager for Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County. She is also co-owner of a Kissimmee-based marketing consulting firm. Orner is an active Rotarian and volunteer at Osceola County Council on Aging. She is a 27-year resident of Osceola County.

– John C. White, 801 Knob Hill Circle, is a retired educator and a 17-year resident of Kissimmee. He holds a master’s degree from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo College. White is a member of Knights of Columbus and a school volunteer.

The KUA board will interview the five applicants at a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. on May 14. The board will then select one applicant whose name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission for final confirmation on May 20. The candidate confirmed by the city commission will be sworn in at the board’s October meeting.

Founded in 1901, KUA ( is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836