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Contact Ruth’s Promise

Melinda Bryan

 Program Director

Christine Gilpen

(727) 265-2609


Christine Gilpen was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota.  She possesses a bachelor’s degree in  Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA). Serving as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) for; thirteen years, supervising recreation therapy services in psychiatric care, and adult day center services. Christine aims to ensure that adults find happiness and fulfillment through living a holistic lifestyle.

Terri Ziegler, R.N., M.S.N.


Terri Ziegler has over 30 years experience in nursing with practice in hospital, community, nursing home and university teaching settings. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Truman State University and a Masters Degree in Gerontological Nursing from University of Cincinnati.   Adult Day Programs have always been a passion and interest for Terri, so that when Prince of Peace Lutheran Church wanted to start a program, Terri jumped at the opportunity to develop the program. She took the lead towards getting licensed with the State and all other local agencies with successful results. Terri has experience working with older adults and those with dementia both as a nursing assistant, nurse, educator, family member and friend. She has been a family caregiver for a relative with dementia and is part of a family network supporting another family member and caregiver living with dementia