Board of Directors
Leadership & Directors
Lisa Dawsey Smith
Lisa Dawsey Smith is currently a homeschool mom to her two daughters, the volunteer director of Downtown Whitewater, Inc. and a member of the Whitewater City Council. When her husband accepted a faculty position with UW-Whitewater in 2015, she absolutely fell in love with Whitewater. They couldn’t have asked for a better community for their family. As a homeschool mom, Lisa now has the ability to reinvest her time and the knowledge she amassed through her career as an operational manager for big-box retail companies for the betterment of her home community. Lisa believes this Chamber is poised to be a strong advocate for the business community in and around Whitewater. Lisa feels fortunate to have the opportunity to invest her time as a member of the board. She looks forward to the hard work that is to come as we work through strategic planning processes and toward the fulfillment of the potential of this organization.
First Citizens State Bank
For over 35 years, Kim Brotz has served as the Branch Manager at First Citizens State Bank. She has overseen the Whitewater West branch for over 30 years and recently began as the Palmyra branch manager. Kim has been the Treasurer for the board and has been actively involved in the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce for many years. Kim’s goal is to empower local businesses with the advantages that are available through the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce to market and network with other business owners.
In January 2020, Katie Grady became the new co-owner of the Culver’s in Whitewater. Katie graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. For the past 10 years, Katie has lived in the area with her husband and two daughters! Katie serves not only as the secretary for the Chamber but is also the Chamber liaison to the Whitewater Tourism Council. She enjoys being involved in the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce and having a positive impact on the community.
The Book Teller
Karen McCulloch joined the board in 2020 and looks forward to learning as she goes. Karen, a downtown business owner, is the proprietor of The Book Teller, and owner/designer of KMA Jewelry, within the bookshop. Karen also serves on the board of Studio 84, a non-profit art studio/gallery, and on Whitewater’s Urban Forestry Commission. She brings to the table her dedication to the arts, and commitment to a thriving, sustainable community. When not in the bookshop or jewelry studio, Karen enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and quirky cinema. She’s always up for a walk in the woods.
Whitewater Community Development Authority
Cathy Anderson joined the Whitewater community in the summer of 2020 having spent time as the EDA Director in Granite Falls, MN. Cathy enjoys her works in economic development because the work involves growing and fostering relationships with businesses and individuals throughout a community. Cathy enjoys the diversity of the work she does and the impact she can have on the growth and success of Whitewater. Cathy comes to Whitewater with over 10 years of experience in economic development and a love for being an active member of her community. She and her husband moved to Whitewater shortly after starting her position and she can regularly be seen at the City Market and local restaurants. She has recently developed a love of hiking and has embraced our trail community and all we have to offer.
Whitewater Unified School District
Family/Community Engagement Coordinator
Molly Fuller lives in Whitewater with her husband and three children. Molly took on the role of Family/Community Engagement Coordinator with the Whitewater Unified School District in 2021 and has worked to create programming that connects the schools to the community. The Partners in Play program connects students at UW-Whitewater to a real-life hands-on experience of creating and teaching young children and creates a robust level of engagement with local families. Molly is also very active in supporting the Youth Apprenticeship program that connects high school students to local businesses through employment experiences designed for career exploration. Molly also oversees the Welcome Wagon program for new families in the school district. She brings with her to the Chamber Board a real desire for collaboration that benefits the entire comunity.
Krystal is a mother of two beautiful girls and they live with her and her husband, Andrew, in Lake Geneva. She grew up in Iola, WI, and is an avid Packers and Bucks fan. Krystal has an Associate degree in Business Management and a technical diploma in Medical Transcription. She joined Premier Bank in April of 2021 as the Branch Manager for the Whitewater location. She brings to her role 19 years of customer service and sales experience. Krystal is excited to serve on the Chamber Board to be a voice for our local businesses and community members. She wants to help strengthen the relationships between the community and businesses while fostering growth for all. She is a very organized individual who enjoys meeting new people, listening, and building relationships. She looks forward to building on her experiences so far and helping the Chamber grow its influence and events.
Sherry Schmidt is a Staffing Professional with Terra Staffing Service. Sherry has been with Terra Staffing for over 17 years. Sherry joined the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to help promote economic growth in our community by bringing positive changes that would attract people to want to live or visit Whitewater.
Amy Fox is one of the Brokers/Owners of NextHome Success, a local Realty that has offices in Whitewater and Fort Atkinson. Amy enjoys the community of Whitewater and its mix of smalltown charm combined with the beauty of the lakes and the Kettle Moraine Forest. As a local real estate Broker Amy meets many potential new residents of our community and can provide valuable feedback commonly shared about the community. Amy has attended many of our local events, her favorite being the Spirit Tour, and has been a member of the Chamber for many years. While she has not been on an active committee she looks forward to helping guide the Chamber as it grows. She is excited to contribute to the strengthening of Whitewater’s businesses and our connections to one another.
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Nicole Caine is the Communications and Events Coordinator and the legislative liaison in the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Nicole graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. Nicole enjoys crafting, kayaking, running and spending time with family and friends. Nicole looks forward to networking with local businesses and help continue the collaboration between University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and the Whitewater Chamber.
Do You Want to Make An Impact in Whitewater?
Apply to have a say in local business matters and fill an upcoming vacancy on the board. Board directors must be employed by a Chamber member business. Board directors serve two-year terms and attend our monthly board meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The board is a fun, business-minded group dedicated to serving the community.