Meet the Team

Stephanie Laitala-Rupp, General Manager
Since March 2013

"What our guests talk about most is that this is the first time in their life they have relaxed.  They are not checking their phones to see who emailed them or texted them--they leave it in their room. They don't think about it. They think about who they are with." - Stephanie Laitala-Rupp, General Manager

Emily Riechers, Assistant General Manager
Since May 2013

"What I find is so outstanding about Stout's Island is the enthusiasm, passion, and pride that staff members and guests have for the Island of Happy Days.  I have never encountered that anywhere else I have ever worked.  It is truly wonderful." -Emily Riechers, Assistant General Manager

Brenda Poppe, Head Housekeeper
Since May 2015 (Housekeeper since May 2009)

"Being a part of the experiences our guests have on the Island makes every day more joyful than the last.  I can't wait to start each season--by January each year I am itching to get back to the Island." -Brenda Poppe, Head Housekeeper

Frank Saxinger, Restaurant Manager
Since April 2016

"From the day I started at Stout's Island Lodge it has truly taken my breath away. The atmosphere and the memories our guests take away is unlike anything I have ever encountered. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of." -Frank Saxinger, Restaurant Manager

Henry Korlin III
Since April 2017

Raised in Minnesota, Chef Henry has been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years.  He moved west to California in the early 80’s and learned the best methods to used fresh, local ingredients.  In beautiful Sonoma and Napa counties, he worked in a variety of positions in the industry from exclusive catering companies to exquisite wine country venues.  After owning and operating his own café, winning best dessert in the Somona County Fair, owning and operating his own wine country tours, Henry was seeking the peaceful solace of the north woods of Wisconsin.  Looking to reestablish Midwestern roots, Chef Henry has returned to northern WI to produce fine cuisine for our beautiful island resort.

Kelly McRaith, Island Gardener
Since Forever

"I have been creating/planting the gardens for over 20 years on Beautiful Red Cedar Lake.  The lodge and grounds are truly a unique experience for all of our guests that visit Stout's Island Lodge. My job is a Labor of Love--it gives me great pleasure to hear and see guests enjoying their stay at our beloved ' Island of Happy Days'." -Kelly 'The Gardener '