Board of Directors

The Kissimmee Utility Authority’s board of directors sets policy direction for the utility. Specifically, the board approves the annual budget, sets rates and approves major purchases.

The board also selects a general manager who is responsible for day-to-day operations of the utility. The board holds regular business meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm. Workshop meetings, generally devoted to a single subject, are held on an as-needed basis. In addition, board members represent the utility in various local, regional and national organizations.

(left to right, standing) Jose Alvarez, mayor of Kissimmee; Manny Ortega, secretary; Jeanne Van Meter, director; Brian Horton, president and general manager; Ethel Urbina, vice chairman; Grant Lacerte, general counsel (left to right, seated) Kathleen Thacker, chairman; Rae Hemphill, assistant secretary.

Board Member Biographical Information


View Ethel Urbina's biography.

Ethel Urbina

Vice Chairman

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View Manny Ortega's biography.

Manny Ortega


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View Rae Hemphill's biography.

Rae Hemphill

Assistant Secretary

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View Jeanne Van Meter's biography.

Jeanne Van Meter


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View Raymond Sanchez's biography.

Raymond Sanchez


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View Mayor Jose Alvarez's biography.

Mayor Jose Alvarez

Ex Officio

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