Board of Directors

Leadership & Directors

The Whitewater Chamber of Commerce is overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of community members and business professionals. Meet the Board!

President

Lisa Dawsey Smith

Downtown Whitewater

Volunteer Director

Lisa Dawsey Smith is currently a homeschool mom to her two daughters, volunteer Director of Downtown Whitewater, Inc., and a member of the Whitewater City Council. When her husband accepted a faculty position at UW-Whitewater in 2015, she absolutely fell in love with Whitewater. They couldn’t have asked for a better home for their family.

Lisa believes this Chamber is poised to be a strong advocate for the business community in and around Whitewater. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to invest her time as a member of the board. Due to the knowledge Lisa amassed through operational management of large-scale/big-box retail companies, she feels positioned to strengthen her community. She looks forward to the strategic planning processes that will fulfill the potential of this organization.

Treasurer

Kim Brotz

First Citizens State Bank

Branch Manager

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.

Secretary

Katie Grady

Culvers

Co-Owner

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.

Vice President

Amy Oeding

University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Chief Alumni Relations Officer

Amy Oeding is the Chief Alumni Relations Officer at UW-Whitewater. Amy graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1990 with a BBA in marketing and has a background in retail marketing and creating customer experiences. She joined the Whitewater community in 2020 after living for many years in Oak Creek. She enjoys supporting local businesses and wants to help grow a strong community through their success. Amy looks forward to serving on the Chamber Board and finding additional ways for Whitewater businesses, residents, and the campus community to build partnerships. In her free time, she enjoys supporting Warhawk athletics, hiking in the Kettle Moraine, and sampling local food and beverages.

Brad Gefvert

Whitewater Unified School District

Lincoln Elementary Principal

 

Taylor Zeinert

Whitewater Community Development Authority

Director

Brian Robinson

Fairhaven Senior Services

Director of Marketing, Community Relation & Leisure Services

Sarah Wambura

Associated Bank

Manager

Open Position

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.