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

Christine Pierce, Event Coordinator
Since July 2015

"Every day I appreciate the incredible opportunity to help every wedding couple celebrate the one of the best days of their life at the most breathtaking venues in the Northwest.  At the end of the day, we make the absolute best memories of a lifetime." -Christine Pierce, Event Coordinator

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

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 '