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.”




Cathy Edney, Kitchen Manager

Cathy oversees all aspects of food preparation and ensures compliance with health department rules and regulations. She and her kitchen staff garner rave reviews from guests for their delicious buffet-style meals. Cathy, who joined the staff at the William Black Lodge in 1995, previously operated a small catering business.

“I really enjoy creating meals that our guests will enjoy and seeing many of them return to the lodge year after year,” she says.