Meet the Team

Managing Partner

Stephanie Laitala–Rupp

Since March 2003

“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.”

General Manager

Chris Gaylord

Events Coordinator/Front of House Manager

Carly Dubek

Head Housekeeper

Brenda Poppe

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.”

Island Gardener

Kelly McRaith

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’.”