About the Team

The Minam River Lodge team

Isaac Trout, Manager

Isaac Trout

Isaac moved to Oregon in 2000 from Appalachian Ohio, fresh out of college and ready for adventure. An avid outdoorsman who loves everything from bow hunting to gathering wild edibles, he jumped at the chance to become acting construction superintendent of the new Lodge. He fell so in love with the property that he decided to stay when the project was complete and lead the guest services team. In the off-season, he lives on a 5-acre hobby farm in Gaston, Ore., with his wife and twin boys.

Kelsey Juve, Operations Manager

Kelsey Juve

A native of nearby Enterprise, Kelsey grew up exploring the Eagle Cap Wilderness, venturing to Red’s Horse Ranch and Minam River Lodge. Three generations of her family have contributed to the Lodge. Her father, noted ceramic artist Ted Juve, crafted the dinner plates and coffee cups used in the dining room, while the historic photographs on the walls are the work of her great-grandfather. Kelsey originally joined the team as a construction assistant and, like Isaac, loved the project so much that she decided to stay and help run the Lodge. Kelsey is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Carl Krause, Chef

Carl Krause

Carl trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has worked at award-winning fine dining restaurants such as Menton in Boston, but his moment of truth as a chef was eating the first egg laid by his own chicken. Simply prepared with butter and salt, "It changed my life," he said. Devoted to using the freshest ingredients and preparing American heritage cuisine simply and naturally, Carl was the perfect fit for a Lodge that has two dedicated gardeners to supply the kitchen and is surrounded by Eastern Oregon's flourishing family farms. Before joining the Lodge, Carl was director of culinary operations at Biwa Inc., which owns several popular Japanese eateries in Portland.

Nicole Freshley, Lead Gardener

Nicole Freshley

Nicole provides the Lodge kitchen with a seasonal abundance of greens, vegetables and herbs, harvested every morning. Her guiding mission is to honor the lodge’s wilderness location, following organic principles and striving toward a closed-loop system. Nicole grew up roaming the woods and mudflats of Southwest Washington’s Willapa Bay. After earning her B.S. in Environmental Science at Huxley College, she worked on small organic farms in Italy, Ecuador and Hawaii, where she met her partner, Tosh Todorov. They are thrilled to now call the Minam River Lodge home.

Tosh Todorov, Landscaper

Tosh Todorov

Tosh grew up in Bulgaria, but has called Oregon his home for more than ten years. He loves to reconnect with nature and to work on creating environments that facilitate that connection. For him that usually means working on ecological-system gardening, building projects using natural materials like wood, stone and earth, or restoring areas damaged by human activity. At the Lodge, Tosh enjoys maintaining the trails and runway, and working on harmonizing the former construction areas with the native surroundings.

Landra Skovlin, Assistant Manager

Landra Skovlin

A fourth-generation Wallowa County resident, Landra has deep roots in the Wallowas. She loves carrying on her family’s tradition of spending time in the mountains on horseback while appreciating the natural beauty and ecology of the land. She also is a licensed massage therapist who is dedicated to helping people find relaxation and relief in their own bodies. Her loves include anything and everything outdoors, cooking, foraging and botany, beer (especially from Terminal Gravity Brewing), local history, horses and homesteading.

Top photograph by Evan G. Schneider