Tourism Council

Mission Statement

The Whitewater Tourism Council markets the Whitewater area as a tourism destination. The tourism Council will promote new and existing attractions and events by providing resources according to Council policy.


The purpose of the WWTC is as an advisory committee to assist in promoting new and existing tourism initiatives. WWTC will market Whitewater as a tourism destination by communicating the themes of local history, culture, area attractions and events to targeted market segments. .

State Definition of Tourism

66.0615(1)(fm) “Tourism promotion and development” means any of the the following that are significantly used by transient tourists and reasonably likely to generate paid overnight stays at more than one establishment.

2021 Whitewater Tourism Council

The WWTC is to be made up of a cross section of business and organizations serving tourists. lodging, retail, restaurant, UW Whitewater, Park and Recreations

Industry Representation:

  • President Therese Kennedy – UWWW Recreation & Sports Facility
  • Secretary Michelle Dujardin – City of Whitewater Parks & Rec
  • Member Kae Shisler Lodging Property
  • Member Dave Saalsaa – Retail/Outdoor Sporting Goods
  • Member Andy Whitney – Ice Age Trail Alliance
  • Member Steve Johnson – Bicycling Advocate
  • Member Katy Grady – Restaurant – Chamber Representative


  • Kellie Carper – Executive Director
  • Kathleen Katy Wimer Fleming – Administrative Assistant
  • Katy Wimer – Content Creator


  • DownTown Whitewater Inc,
  • Chamber Board,
  • Community Development Authority,
  • Common Council

Get to Know Us

Therese Kennedy


Therese is the Associate Director of Recreation Sports & Facilities at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She has served the community since 1991. Therese is a member of the following groups and organizations: Downtown Whitewater Inc. Promotions Committee, UW- Whitewater Community Optimist Club Member and Past President, Tip Off Club Board Member, Quarterback Club Board Member, UW-Whitewater Women’s Sports Foundation Board Member, Whitewater High School Athletic Booster Club, and Whitewater Community foundation.

Michelle Dujardin

Michelle Dujardin


I have selected to be part of the Tourism Council so that I can invest in Whitewater and be allowed the chance to give back in an array of different capacities. I have enjoyed every minute of my commitment and I’m very excited to continue my passion of giving back.

Michelle is Recreation and Community Events Programmer for the Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department since October of 2007. Michelle is primarily responsible for programing oversight including; adult volleyball, preschool programs, youth sports, summer camp, and special events.

Kathleen Fleming

Past President

Past owner/innkeeper Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast, moved to Whitewater in 2000 fulfilling a lifelong dream of being an innkeeper. Her passions are hospitality, great food, time well spent with family and friends, and being outside in nature.  She enjoys sharing all she loves about the area with Whitewater community and visitors. Kathleen has served as Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association Board and member of area Tourism associations.

Kathleen now fulfills her passion for tourism and hospitality by assisting in the Discover Whitewater offices.

Katy Wimer

Katy Wimer

Content Creator

Katy Daixon Wimer is a writer, photographer, and healing artist who lives out by Whitewater Lake in a cozy home with her husband and two cats. Owner of local businesses katy daixon photography and Wise Moon Healing Arts, Katy enjoys writing about/capturing the natural world. She’s an avid hiker and a big fan of supporting local.

Katy serves as Content Creator and Blogger for Discover Whitewater because she wants to encourage others to explore the beauty and magic of Whitewater that she witnesses on a daily basis.

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