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.

Katrina Cohen

Executive Director

The lasting relationships and smiles of our residents are what fills Katrina’s heart each day as she strives to deliver an optimal experience in assisted living to the residents and their families. Being an advocate for the geriatric population, Katrina has served on the Board of Directors for the Statesboro's Chapter of Pilot Club Inc., the Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce Health Industry Committee and the National Center for Assisted Living Customer Relations Committee (NCAL). She also serves on the Statesboro Chapter Walk To End Alzheimer's committee and is a member of the local Alzheimer's Support Group. 

A native of Waynesville, Ga.,  her career in long term care began in 2011.  Katrina is a 2009 graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia where she obtained my Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration. To further her education, she received her certification in Gerontology from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2011 and became a certified Healthcare Administrator in 2016. 

She is a member of St. Matthews AME Church in Waynesville, Ga. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with my family & friends, stealing sweet hugs & kisses from my nephew Landon and fellowshipping on her Prayer Line. Katrina attributes her successes to her parents, who always encouraged her to follow her dreams and never give up.