The Utility Board
Chairman Lou Hernandez has served on the Utility Board since 1997. He is the Executive Director of HELPLINE, Inc., a crisis intervention and information referral telephone hotline in Monroe County. Upon graduation from Texas A&M University, Mr. Hernandez was commissioned by the U.S. Army and served as an Infantry Officer in Vietnam. After completing his Armed Services commitment, Mr. Hernandez secured a Federal internship with the US Department of Transportation in the Human Resources Development area. He worked with several Federal agencies, completing his career in Washington as the Director of Training and Employee Development with the General Services Administration. He moved to Key West in 1983 and has worked in the home renovation business and as a counselor at FTPA and the Public Health Department. Mr. Hernandez has served on the Florida Municipal Power Agency's Board of Directors since 2007, and served as its Secretary in 2009 through 2012. Mr. Hernandez has served as president of the Old Island Restoration Foundation, Chairman of the Historic Architectural Review Commission, Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, Secretary/Treasurer of the Key West Redevelopment Land Agency, a Director of the Private Industry Council of Dade/Monroe, member of the Key West AIDS Memorial Board of Directors, president of the Key West Business Guild, and served as Chairman of the Citizen's Review Board of the City of Key West.
Vice Chairman Peter Batty has served on the Utility Board since 2005. He is a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker and has lived in the Florida Keys since 1989. On November 18, 2000, he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon to the Archdiocese of Miami. Mr. Batty received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and his Masters degree from St. Thomas University. Mr. Batty is a board member of the Star of the Sea Foundation and former member of the Florida Keys Community College Board and former Vice President of the Wesley House Family Services Board of Directors. Mr. Batty was born in Salisbury, England, and immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife Ellen have raised four children in the Florida Keys.
Mr. Barry L. Barroso, Jr. has served on the Utility Board since 2011. He was born and raised in Key West and has owned Certified Lower Keys Plumbing, Inc. since 1995. Mr. Barroso is a graduate of Mary Immaculate and is a Florida State Certified Master Plumber. He has served on the Key West Planning Board (2006-2009), Key West Board of Adjustments (2007-2009), and the Florida Keys Community College Advisory Board (2010). Mr. Barroso and his wife Ieva have four children and live in Key West.
Mr. Charles A. Bradford Jr. has served on the Utility Board since 2006. He works for Capital Bank and has worked in the Banking and Finance industry for 35 years. Mr. Bradford received his Bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance from the University of North Florida and has certifications in Consumer Lending, Cash Flow analysis, and Accounting. He is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and Arcturus, and serves on a number of other boards in Key West. In addition, Mr. Bradford is past chair of the Key West Chamber of Commerce and former member of KEYS' Advisory Committee. Mr. Bradford has lived in the Florida Keys since 1980.
Ms. Mona C. Clark has served on the Utility Board since 2004 and holds the distinction of being the first female Board member in the Utility's history. She is a retired educator and administrator for the Monroe County School District, where she worked for over 35 years. Ms. Clark received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Florida A & M University and her Masters of Education/Leadership degree from the University of South Florida. Ms. Clark serves as Chair of the Mayor's Revolving Loan Fund for the City of Key West and Chair of the Citizen's Advisory Task Force for the Florida Keys Housing Authority. Ms. Clark also served on the Florida Keys Community College Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2001, serving as Board Chair from 1999 to 2001. Additionally, Ms. Clark is a Board member of Womankind, member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship and Birthday Celebration Committee, Mentor for the Take Stock in Children program, a 7th grade CCD teacher at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, past Sponsor/Director of Tomorrow's Leaders Today, past Secretary for the Wesley House Family Services Board of Directors, and past Treasurer and Vice President of the local branch of the N.A.A.C.P.