Meet Our Staff

Ralph E. Cowart, Jr.

ALA-NBC, Owner & CEO

Ralph E Cowart, Jr. ALA-NBC, FACHCA is a native of Emanuel County, having attended public schools and graduated from Swainsboro High School. He attended Ogeechee Technical College and the University of Georgia. After completing his education, Ralph worked in the family business, Johnson Funeral Homes, for several years before pursuing a career in Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Care administration. He then served as the Director of Business Development for Gentiva Hospice. In 2011, his love for geriatrics led him to Southern Manor Retirement Inn which he purchased in partnership with Alan Skipper, MSN, ANP-BC. They subsequently purchased Lakeview Manor Community in Springfield, GA in 2015, The Gardens in Statesboro in 2016 and Southern Manor Home Care, a non-medical home care service that assists people who wish to stay at home.

Ralph is currently serving as the President of the Assisted Living Association of Georgia (ALAG) where he has also served on its board as the Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. He serves on The Board of Directors for the Averitt Center for the Arts, The Emeritus Board for the Statesboro Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). In 2012, Ralph became dually nationally certified in his field. Through these certifications, he serves as a member of the American College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHCA). In 2017, he became a Fellow of The American College of Healthcare Administrators as well as the National Association of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB).

Ralph is a member of the Bulloch and Effingham Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, he was named to the Statesboro Herald’s “Top 20 under 40.” Ralph is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro and a founding member of the “Golden K” Kiwanis Club for seniors. Ralph and Alan attend Statesboro First United Methodist Church

Alan W. Skipper

DNP, FNP-BC, Owner & CNO

Alan Skipper, DNP, FNP-BC is a native of Guyton, GA, having attended public schools and graduating from South Effingham High School. In 2005, Alan obtained his Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from the College of Coastal Georgia. Fueled by a passion for helping others, Alan was accepted to Georgia Southern University and quickly worked to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2008. After attending Georgia Southern, Alan enrolled in Valdosta State University and graduated in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus on adult health, concentrating in geriatrics. Alan also attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston to obtain his Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. He completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 2017.

Alan’s extensive work portfolio includes experience working as an RN for Memorial Health University Medical Center in Critical Care and working as the Regional Clinical Director for Gentiva Hospice. Alan purchased Southern Manor Retirement Inn in March 2011 in partnership with Ralph E. Cowart, JR ALA-NBC, FACHCA. They subsequently purchased Lakeview Manor Community in Springfield, GA in 2015, The Gardens in Statesboro in 2016 and Southern Manor Home Care, a non-medical home care service that assists people who wish to stay at home.

Alan is a Georgia Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a National Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 2012, Alan served on the honor council at Valdosta State University. He was named Outstanding Master’s in Nursing Student of the Year and was invited to be a member of the honorable Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Society which is open to only the nation’s top 5% of nurses who excel in scholarship. Alan has also served on the Board of Directors for the Assisted Living Association of Georgia (ALAG). He is a member of National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the Bulloch and Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, and the United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia. In 2016, Alan was named to the Statesboro Herald’s “Top 20 under 40” and Georgia Southern University’s “Top 40 under 40 Alumni.” Alan also has a love for flying and is currently working to obtain his private pilot’s license. He and Ralph attend Statesboro First United Methodist Church.

Olivia F. Estrada

Executive Director

Olivia Estrada is a native of Statesboro, Ga, having attended public schools and graduated Statesboro High School in 2003 and Ogeechee Technical College in 2012. She has continued her education by earning diplomas in Human Resources, Marketing Management, Customer Service, Mental Health Studies and Dementia Related Care.

She has been married to her husband Alex for over 10 years and they have 3 little girls. Natalie Brooke, Alyssa Elise, and Kinsley Elle. Olivia loves to be a wife and mother and adores the time they spend together. She and her family love to travel, gather with friends, watch movies, and host family game nights.

Olivia has a love for the elderly and has a passion to care for them. She lost her grandparents at a young age, so she enjoys the many residents that she considers to be her family. She is a member of Statesboro New Covenant Church where she served as a Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher for the K-5 children, Host Team, Communion Team, Family Meal Donations and is one of the coordinators for the Emerge woman’s ministry. She was awarded Volunteer of the month in January of 2017. She donates her time at Safe Haven women’s shelter and Works with Zero Gravity Outreach as part of their prayer team.