Being a part of the philanthropy industry the majority of her career, Biehl is an expert in growing a successful nonprofit organization. She is the former Assistant VP of Development and Alumni Relations for Dominican University — giving her a unique insight into fundraising and long-term development. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Masters Degree from DePaul University’s School of Public Service. Biehl began her work in Chicago more than 20 years ago at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and continued at other Chicago institutions, including Rush University Medical Center and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Regarding her position at GIRF, Biehl states, “This intimate community of grateful patients and those affected by GI diseases are making a great impact on the medical research happening at University of Chicago. I look forward to increasing GIRF’s support of researchers at the Digestive Diseases Center.” Alysha lives in Oak Park with her two teenage children and volunteers at a local homeless shelter. You can reach Alysha at abiehl@girf.org or 312-724-9150.