Felix Lora, Executive Director, joined the Sandy Springs Mission as the assistant director in 2001 and was quickly promoted to his current leadership position of executive director in 2003. Nicknamed “the pied piper” by the Reporter Newspapers, Felix has provided a brighter future to countless children in Sandy Springs. Under his leadership, the Mission has helped more than 110 students earn high school diplomas – most the first in their families to do so. Currently, the Mission serves more than 260 students in grades 1-12 through its incredibly effective programs.
As a result of his dedication, Felix was named the 2013 City of Sandy Springs’ Humanitarian, the highest award given by the city to someone who exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Sandy Springs Mission was also named “La Organización Más Destacada del Año 2013” [The Year’s Most Outstanding Organization] in the area of education for Latino students by Mundo Hispánico, the leading Hispanic newspaper in Georgia.
Because of his tireless efforts and experience, community leaders frequently consult Felix for his ideas and participation in initiatives involving children and family welfare. He is a member and a graduate of the Leadership Sandy Springs program, and has served on the board of directors for the Good Samaritan Clinic at West Cobb. He is also involved in mission work abroad.
Born and raised in a small town in the outskirts of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Felix came to the United States in the early 1990s to pursue higher education. He received a Bachelor Degree in Marketing & Management from the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University and later graduated with a Masters in Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He lives in Marietta with wife, Abigail, and their son, Isaac. They are members of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.