KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 2, 2010 – After a decade of service as a member of the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors, chairwoman Nancy Gemskie has resigned from the volunteer five-member board.
Gemskie will step down July 14 – three months before the official end of her term – to run for a seat on the Osceola County School Board.
Gemskie joined the utility board in 2000. In addition to her service to KUA she has served the electric utility industry as a member of the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council as well as other board and committee positions with APPA, the Florida Municipal Electric Association and the Florida Municipal Power Agency. She was the 2009 recipient of APPA’s Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award and was named FMEA’s Member of the Year in 2004.
A retired insurance executive, Gemskie is the wife of Kissimmee City Commissioner Jerry Gemskie.
The board has submitted the name of Kathleen Thacker to the Kissimmee City Commission for approval to fill the remainder of Gemskie’s term. Thacker was confirmed by the commission in May to serve a five-year term on the board, beginning October 1. If confirmed by the commission at its July 6 meeting, Thacker would join the KUA board at its July 14 meeting.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent