2825 Carter Road, Sumter, SC 29150

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Risley E. (Rip) Linder, Sr., NHA, CRCFA, CASP

Executive Director

Rip brought nearly 30 years of experience in long term care to Covenant Place in 2009.  He is responsible for successful leadership and management of operations as set forth by the Covenant Place Board of Directors. He began his career in healthcare as a direct caregiver in 1977 while attending the University of South Carolina.  Rip has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters of Education.  Licensed as an Assisted Living Administrator and Nursing Home Administrator, Rip has attended numerous leadership courses including Lexington Leadership and the South Carolina Executive Institute.  He is also a Certified Aging Services Professional.  

Crystal Spangler

Business Office Manager / Human Resources Director

Crystal joined the Covenant Place Team in 2013 as the Business Office Manager and Human Resources Director.  Her responsibilities include all employee related matters, including benefits and payroll, as well as the accounting department.  Crystal has over 18 years of experience in human resources, payroll, and business office management in the Long Term Care setting.  She holds an Accounting Certificate and a Medical Billing and Coding Certification.

Jennifer Wilsey, RN

Director of Nursing

Jennifer began her role as director of nursing in 2011.  Prior to becoming the director, she served as the assistant director of nursing and began at Covenant Place as a charge nurse in 2004. Her responsibilities involve the oversight of all the nursing and nursing support staff to assure quality care to all residents in skilled nursing care.  She also directs the Home Health Services at Covenant Place.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lander University and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Central Carolina Technical College. She is a Registered Nurse and is also licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator.

Melissa Colvin Linville

Director of Sales & Marketing

Melissa is responsible for the promotion of the Covenant Place lifestyle, which involves all aspects of marketing, advertising, and public relations.  She also serves as a retirement counselor for prospective residents and coordinates the move in process.  Melissa has been employed at Covenant Place since 2006.  She was awarded the LCS Outstanding Sales Achievement Award in 2016 and 2018. Melissa holds degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a certified dementia specialist.  She is a Leadership Sumter graduate, a Tuomey Fellow, a member of local civic groups, and has had leadership roles with the University of South Carolina, the Gamecock Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

Margaret Zeigler, AP-BC

Director of Resident Services

Margaret’s duties include event planning, activities and outings for our Apartment Living residents. She is also responsible for the transportation services and the fitness and wellness programs. Margaret joined our team in 2012, has served in various capacities, and was promoted to Director of Resident Services in 2019.  Margaret is a board certified Activity Professional and serves on the board of the South Carolina Activities Professionals Association.  She graduated from Clemson University in 1999 with Bachelors of Science in Travel & Tourism.  Margaret truly appreciates how important independence is to our residents and how being active affects their physical and emotional health.

Brandy Layne, CDM, CFPP

Director of Food & Beverage

Brandy joined the management team in 2016 bringing over a decade of experience in the hospitality and health care industry. She is responsible for all aspects of the dietary and food service department. Brandy is a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional, and is ServSafe Certified.  She has studied medical terminology, nutrition, and dementia.  Staying very active in the local chapter of The South Carolina Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals, she serves as the Secretary of the Board and is on the Awards and Recognition Committee for the national level. Brandy was awarded the 2018 Certified Dietary Manager of the Year by the SC Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

Boyce Hodge

Environmental Services Director

Boyce oversees, directs, controls, and schedules all maintenance and housekeeping in the interior and exterior physical plant of Covenant Place.  Security personnel and security measures are also within his responsibilities.  He has been an employee since June 2000 and was previously employed as a maintenance technician at an apartment complex.  Boyce attended Central Carolina Technical College and served 21 years in the United States Air Force as a maintenance and chemical welfare instructor.

Jaclyn Evans

Director of Assisted Living

Jackie joined our team in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Assisted Living and Activity Coordinator for the Heartfelt Connections, bringing with her nearly twenty years of experience in office management and customer service.  She was recently promoted to the Director of Assisted Living. Her responsibilities include compliance of appropriate guidelines and regulations of Assisted Living as well as ensuring that every resident’s needs are met with dignity and respect.  Jackie holds an Associate Degree in Business, Major in Office Systems Technology from CCTC and is pursuing a Business Management Bachelor’s Degree.  She also serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at her church.

Covenant Place |
2825 Carter Road, Sumter, SC 29150
| 803-469-7007 | Americans with Disabilities Act | Equal Housing Opportunity