Ten residents have submitted applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors. The deadline for completed applications was April 28.
The outgoing director, Reginald Hardee, has served two terms on the board and is not eligible for reappointment.
Applicants must be registered voters, reside within KUA's service territory and should demonstrate a successful business or professional management career.
The applicants are:
JOSEPH "JOSÉ" COLON is a 17-year resident of Kissimmee and a graduate of the Kissimmee School of Government. He previously served on the boards of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, MetroPlan Orlando, Osceola County Library Advisory Board and the Kissimmee Police Department pension board. He holds a business administration/computer science degree from Pace University in New York. He is retired.
- JARED DORN is president and CEO of Apogee Geckos, Inc. and principal of Bristol Health Services, a medical management consulting firm. He is a two-year resident of Kissimmee and holds an economics degree from John Hopkins University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
- JOAN ELINE is a retired office manager with accounting and management degrees from Fisher College in Boston, Massachusetts. She previously served on both the dog park committee and steering committee for the 375th anniversary celebration in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She is a four-month resident of Kissimmee.
- ROBERT GONZALEZ is a seven-month resident of Kissimmee. He has 17 years of management experience in a variety of industries. He holds a brokerage operations certificate from the New York Institute of Finance.
- GUILLERMO "BILL" HANSEN is the publisher and editor of El Osceola Star newspaper and a 25-year resident of Kissimmee. In 2011, he was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Valencia College Board of Trustees. Bill is founder and chairman of the Hispanic Business Council, a council of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. He holds degrees from Croydon Technical College and London Tourism College in England.
- RAE HEMPHILL is the retired deputy chief of information technology security for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where she worked 19 years in a variety of positions. Previously, she served as information security coordinator for Inova Health System in Virginia. She is a four-year resident of Kissimmee.
- KHORSHED HOSSARD is a 14-year resident of Kissimmee. He is a former Walgreens store manager. He holds degrees from Omar Gani M.E.S College in Bangladesh and Daytona Beach Community College.
- JAMES MANSON is a retired manager in the hotel industry. He is a 14-year resident of Kissimmee and holds a certificate from the Quaker City Business School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- ADAM MICHELIN is the CEO/owner of OWS Products, LLC, and has over 30 years of experience in crisis management and operational improvements. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Tri State University. He is a 3-month resident of Kissimmee.
- CASMORE SHAW is director of My Brother's Keeper at Polk State College, a service center for students. He currently serves on Osceola County's Housing and Finance Authority Advisory Board and MetroPlan Orlando's Transportation Advisory Board. He holds degrees in elementary education and business administration from Polk State College. He has lived in Kissimmee for 29 years.
The KUA board will interview applicants at its regular meeting on May 3 and send three recommended applicants to the Kissimmee City Commission for second interviews and final appointment. The candidate appointed by the city commission will be sworn in at the board's October meeting.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida's sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.