Biles has relocated to Kansas from St. Louis, Mo., where she has served with the Mercy ministry for the past six years, most recently as executive director of public policy and previously as the executive director of philanthropy.
Prior to joining Mercy, Biles served as vice president of the Pride Philanthropy fund-raising consulting firm in Alpharetta, Ga., and in various positions with Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville.
Biles received a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Berry College in Rome, Ga. She also has certification and extensive experience in database and fundraising software systems management.
She has been a featured speaker at mulitiple regional and national conferences on topics related to fund-raising and and is a published author of articles related to women’s philanthropy.
While living in St. Louis, she served as chair of the church council at the United Methodist Church in Wentzville, Mo., and she has completed Advanced Formation Leadership Training for Catholic Healthcare.
At Mercy, she will be responsible for spiritual leadership and administrative duties to promote the mission of the Sisters of Mercy at the Independence and Fort Scott facilities and within both communities. Her role also will involve directing educational efforts among co-workers and leading ethics committees and advocacy efforts at both facilities.
“As the Mission leader for Fort Scott and Independence, I’m most looking forward to getting to know the people in each community and how Mercy can be of service to them,” Biles said. “Relationships are very important, and so I’m anxious for us to get to know each other so that we can work together to address the health needs of each community.”
Biles resides in Independence and her interests outside of work include walking, reading, baking and community volunteerism through church and with Habitat for Humanity.