Meet the Team2018-08-17T18:39:44+00:00

Meet the Team

Stephanie Laitala-Rupp, Owner
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.” – Stephanie Laitala-Rupp, Owner

David Stillwell, General Manager
Since July 2018

Helen Zorbist, Guest Services Manager
Since May 2018

Helen has over 25 years of restaurant hospitality experience and is a recent addition to our staff.
“I am so excited to be a part of the Stout’s Island Family. It’s truly a beautiful and relaxing place. I enjoy meeting our guests and learning where the are from and the story that brings them to the Island of Happy Days. My favorite part of the Island is the beatiful garden with the lake as a back drop. It’s breathtaking!” -Helen Zobrist, Guest Services Manager

Kristy Lucas, Guest Services Manager

Since May 2017

A local herself, Kristy brings 20 years of direct knowledge to our team. She keeps coming back because she finds herself at true happiness when she can provide our guests with an experience that they won’t be able to forget. “As a manager, I love being able to interact with the guests that visit us and the staff that make working and staying at Stout’s Island Lodge an unforgettable experience.”

Lorelei Ernster, Event Coordinator

Since May 2018

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

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 ‘

Michael Duerkop, Reservations Specialist & Office Assistant
Since September 2015

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