Linda Spencer, Director

Linda is responsible for the overall operation of the lodge, from booking events to maintaining the physical plant to ensuring the well-being of each guest.  It’s a role that comes naturally to the North Carolina native, who has always taken pleasure in making others feel welcome.

“I enjoy extending hospitality,” she says. “I consider it a privilege to serve all of our guests at the William Black Lodge.”

Before joining the lodge staff in September 2016, Linda managed the villas and housekeeping staff for the Country Club of Whispering Pines in Moore County. Prior to that, she sold real estate and home-schooled her youngest children. She and her husband Jim, who have three grown children, are enjoying the lodge’s cozy setting in the friendly town of Montreat.

“I grew up in a small town, and I love the small community atmosphere,” Linda says.


Arla Yeatman, Office Manager

Arla is responsible for overseeing our office operations. Her smiling face greets most visitors when they arrive for check-in at our registration desk. She also takes phone reservations, sends contracts to churches and other groups planning retreats, and handles other administrative tasks.

Originally from northern Virginia, Arla and her husband Buzz lived in Maryland and Florida before moving to Black Mountain in 2004. They operated a bed and breakfast for eight years, and Arla also worked at Montreat College — where their son earned his degree and now works in the IT department. Arla joined the William Black Lodge staff in April 2016.

“I love coming to work every day because of the guests,” Arla says. “Many have been coming to the lodge for years. You never know who you will meet or what stories they will share.”



Hallie Saunders, Kitchen Manager

Chef Hallie feels blessed to have called Black Mountain NC home for almost 20 years.

Hallie fondly remembers her first chef’s job at age 13! Her father was instrumental in securing a catering job for Hallie and her younger sister on a Charter Bus that was driving to a Dodgers game at the  Anaheim Stadium,  She has owned her own Vegetarian Restaurant but came to the lodge from The Billy Graham Training Center  where she had worked for 5 years.

“I love to nurture people and make them feel welcome. It is my hope and prayer that everyone who comes to stay at William Black Lodge will leave with a desire to return year after year.” Hallie Saunders