About the Team

The Minam River Lodge team

Anna Kraft, Manager

Anna Kraft

A Montana native, Anna is our team leader and all-around Lodge-ician! She first joined the team in 2014, when the property was being rebuilt. After a stint in the corporate world she returned to the Minam with an epiphany: “The mountains are calling!”

Margaret Smith, Front of House

Margaret Smith

A former science teacher from Texas, Margaret brings her knowledge and passion for ornithology and wildcrafted herbal preparations to the lodge. She is also our resident yoga instructor who completed certification training at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico.

Sean Temple, Chef

Sean Temple

Sean honed his culinary skills at restaurants including New York’s iconic Jean Georges, which was awarded three Michelin stars when he worked there. In Portland, he served as sous chef for James Beard award winner Vitaly Paley at Paley’s Place. After a guest chef stint at the Lodge in 2019, he joined the team full time in 2020.

Steve Kammerer, Assistant Chef

Steve Kammerer

Steve’s love of cooking started at a young age working with his mother in the kitchen, and he never looked back! Before joining the Lodge, he worked as a chef in Ketchum, Idaho.

Suzanne Ziegler, Assistant Chef

Suzanne Ziegler

It’s been 12 years since Suzanne sold her beloved cafe in Seaside, Oregon, but after a backpacking trip that included a stay at the Minam she decided she had had enough of retirement and jumped in as our assistant chef. Suzanne oversees breakfast and lunch service.

Emily Garland, Gardener

Emily Garland

Emily coaxes an abundance of sustainably farmed vegetables, berries and herbs from our wilderness garden, including enough organic greens to feed up to 40 guests daily. She likes to surround herself with plants, bugs, dirt and her beloved cattle-dog mix Pondee. Her motto is “Salads forever!”

Patrick Taylor, Maintenance

Patrick Taylor

Originally from Kentucky, Patrick has a background in woodworking and geology. He loves hiking and rock hounding and figuring out the unique challenges of keeping our off-grid, solar-powered Lodge running smoothly.

Alys Pettigrew, Massage

Alys Pettigrew

A Florida native, Alys has been a licensed massage therapist for nine years. She is a free spirit on a mission to soak up as much learning as possible and travel the world in search of beautiful places.

Ryan Shoepe, Inside and Out

Ryan Shoepe

A three-season veteran of the Lodge, Ryan also is a student at Portland Community College, studying wildfire science.

Connor White, Inside and Out

Connor White

Also in his third season at the Lodge, Connor is a native of nearby La Grande and a multi-talented artist with skills in glass-blowing and creating masterpieces of firewood.

Dillon Shaw, Inside and Out

Dillon Shaw

A Texas native, Dillon is an outdoors enthusiast who loves learning about our guests and assisting with groundskeeping and dishwashing duties.

Will Farrens, Inside and Out

Will Farrens

After a family trip to the Lodge with his grandparents, Will knew he had to return the next summer to join the Minam team. When not working at the Lodge, he is a student of marine biology at Oregon State University.

Caroline Hughes, Hospitality

Caroline Hughes

An East Coast native, Caroline has lived all around the country and loves to be on the go, meeting new people and enjoying all the wonderful parts of life.

Mackenzie Wieman, Hospitality

Mackenzie Wieman

Originally from Iowa, Mackenzie loves learning about and working on airplanes as well as providing great hospitality services.

Lauren Bowman, Hospitality

Lauren Bowman

Lauren is from a small town in Kansas, but is an intrepid explorer who has never lived in the same place for more than two years. She speaks German and Spanish and loves learning new words and cultures.