Board of Directors
Leadership & Directors
Lisa Dawsey Smith
Lisa Dawsey Smith is currently a homeschool mom to her two daughters and is what she jokingly calls a full-time volunteer. 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 currently oversees the Whitewater West branch. For over 30 years, Kim has been the Treasurer for the board and has been actively involved in the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce. 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! She looks forward to being involved in the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Ray Bucholtz serves as the Vice President of Business and Commercial Lending for Premier Bank in Walworth and Rock Counties. Ray has over 20+ years’ experience in Banking specializing in Finance as well as 15+ years’ experience personally owning and operating businesses and real estate. Ray is committed and highly engaged in Whitewater’s community and economic development. Since 2018, Ray has served on the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Ray also serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Auditorium, Whitewater Jr Whippets Youth Football Club, Jr Whippets Booster Club, WHS Booster Club, Whitewater Leads, Seed Capital Screening Committee, formally the Vice Chair of the Whitewater Community Development Authority and serves on numerous Advisory Boards. Ray is also very active in coaching youth baseball, basketball and football throughout the community.
Whitewater Unified School District
Caroline Pate-Hefty joined the Whitewater community as the Superintendent of the school district in July of 2020. Dr. Pate-Hefty holds a Doctor of Education degree from National Louis University (2017), a Master of Arts degree from Concordia University (2007) and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, UWW (2002). Dr. Pate-Hefty is a leader in supporting diverse school districts with a focus on equity and inclusion. Dr. Pate-Hefty brings extensive experience in supporting campus security, Special Education, discipline, climate/culture and district-wide social and emotional learning models. Caroline is also a small business owner with her husband and values the important impact small businesses have on the community. She recognizes the inherent relationship between the schools and our business community and is excited to serving on the board of directors for the Chamber.
Sherry Schmidt is a Staffing Professional with Terra Staffing Service. Sherry has been with Terra Staffing for 16 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.
Kristina Koslosky is the owner of Kreative Solutions and proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. While pursuing her Masters of Business Administration, Kristina launched her business out of the Whitewater University Innovation Center in 2017. A year after starting her business, Kristina joined the Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce and began volunteering on the Whitewater Spirit Tour Committee. Kristina is focused on networking with local businesses and providing educational workshops for the community. In 2020, Kristina joined the Board of Directors and was nominated as the Secretary shortly after.
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Greg Rutzen currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Engagement at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and holds an appointment as President, UW-Whitewater Foundation, Inc. His portfolio of responsibilities includes comprehensive management of philanthropy, alumni relations, the Foundation, University Marketing and Communications and community relations. Rutzen is also a Wisconsin attorney with a part-time, general civil practice based in Elkhorn.
Current and recent community service includes Friends of Yahara House (Madison) Board of Directors, Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS, Madison) Board of Directors, UW-W Community Engagement Center advisory board and Studer Community Institute advisory committee.
He graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Law and Public Policy and from Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington) with a J.D.
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.