Lyndsi Hale, Director of Sales & CateringHaving over a decade of Sales & Catering Experience, Lyndsi Hale has served as the Director of Sales & Catering for Mountain Lake Lodge since 2013.
As a member of the Mountain Lake Team, Lyndsi knows event coordination can be an intimidating process, and there are many tasks that can be overlooked. Her experience provides a wealth of information for brides and event planners, which translates into a smooth, efficient planning process and an extraordinary experience for any occasion! Her warm, enthusiastic personality, and flawless attention to detail has helped to create many Fabulous Weddings, Corporate Meetings, Retreats and a variety of other successful events over the years.
She currently resides in Christiansburg with her husband and Boxer Dogs. When she's not coordinating fabulous events at Mountain Lake Lodge, you can find her gardening, kayaking on the New River, traveling or spending time with family and friends.
Scott grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management and a minor in Meeting & Event Management. During his time in Las Vegas, Scott began his career working for premiere hospitality companies such as: NOBU Restaurant Group, MGM Resorts, and Life is Beautiful Festival. After completing Marriott's Post Graduate Management Training, a 12-month program with the Ritz Carlton, and moving to New York in 2017, Scott worked in food and beverage serving as the Catering and Sales Manager and as an Operations and Catering Manager for a Caterer, planning everything from intimate gatherings and engagement parties to large scale New Year's Eve parties and other events for surrounding venues.
Scott has a true passion for organization and customer service and enjoys working closely with clients, whether couples or companies, to help make their event plans a reality. His favorite part is seeing a well-planned soiree come to life, and everyone enjoying themselves. The only thing he loves more than a good party, is getting out to enjoy the outdoors and golfing with friends. Scott is a foodie at heart and relishes the opportunity to pair his passion for producing amazing events with his love of fantastic food.
Casey Melendez, Banquets Manager
Casey joined Mountain Lake Lodge in July of 2020. Her past experience includes working with multiple five star, five diamond properties in the east coast region. Casey began her career in events with The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, FL and eventually relocated to Richmond Virginia where she handled The Jefferson Hotel's Conference Planning. Casey along with her husband and Golden Retriever Molly now reside in Blacksburg, Virginia. She enjoys an active lifestyle by participating in beach volleyball tournaments, soccer and exploring new restaurants with family and friends.
Michael Porterfield, Executive ChefChef Michael Porterfield began his career 34 years ago as Mountain Lake's garde manger. After leaving the lodge in 1992 as the Executive Sous Chef, he spent 5 years working locally in Blacksburg and another 5 years as the Chef de Cuisine at Roanoke College. In 2015, Porterfield returned to Mountain Lake with innovative culinary expertise and a dedication to sourcing quality farm fresh local ingredients. The Porterfield family owned the lodge for more than 30 years in the early 1900s.
Fun Fact! During the 1987 filming of Dirty Dancing, Chef Michael gave Patrick Swayze a ride to the store on the back of his motorcycle!