Tracey Biles has been named Mercy’s vice president of mission in Ada. Biles has been with Mercy for eight years and served as vice president of mission in Independence and Fort Scott, Kansas, for 2.5 years.
“A career in mission is something I fell into naturally,” Biles said. “I’d always been involved in church, and as I began working for a faith-based organization I found myself volunteering to lead chapel and advanced formation. Ultimately, my interest in and passion for the ministry of Mercy led me to a leadership position in mission.”
Prior to her role in mission, Biles served as executive director of public policy and philanthropy at Mercy’s headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri. Biles also worked as vice president of the Pride Philanthropy fundraising firm in Alpharetta, Georgia, 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, Georgia. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health care mission at the Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University.
She has been a featured speaker at multiple regional and national conferences on topics related to fundraising and is a published author of articles related to women’s philanthropy.
While living in Independence, Biles served as a chapter member of the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women and a board member for the Home, Sweet, Home men’s homeless shelter.
Biles will be responsible for spiritual leadership and administrative duties to promote the mission of the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy facilities and within the community. Her role will also include working with Physicians, board members and co-workers to deepen their understanding of and commitment to the ministry of healthcare. She will also lead initiatives focused on improving the experience of patients, increasing community benefit, and advocating for the poor and underserved.
“I have fallen in love with the community of Ada; I know this is where God wants me to be,” said Biles. “I see great opportunity for Mercy’s mission to impact the community and look forward to getting to know the community and working with partners to address the health needs of Ada.”