Dr. Anne Friesen

Executive Director

Anne Friesen, who has more than 20 years of professional experience in the human services field, currently serves as the Executive Director of Friend to Friend. Anne is passionate about improving the lives of survivors. She is committed to an inter-sectional, anti-oppression approach to improving prevention, and victim-focused coordinated community response systems for victims of interpersonal violence.

Anne brings expertise in working with under served and rural communities, creating non-profit long-term sustainability, and evidence-based shelter programming that results in self-sufficiency for women in crisis. She developed HELP, a program to enhance the well-being of interpersonal violence survivors, by empowering them to develop skills necessary to live self-sufficient lives, free from  abuse.

Prior to her work in human services, Anne created educational programs and materials for building stronger families.


Anne currently serves on both the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

In 2016, Anne was recognized as one of three Moore County Citizens of the Year by the Rotary Club of Carthage, which honors community members that exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” through their dedication time, and lifetime support of our community.

Anne has recently authored two publications; HELP: Holistic Empowerment Leadership Program for Sheltered Victims of Interpersonal Violence, and The Empowerment Source: 10 Best Practices Principles That Empower Exceptional Advocates.


Anne earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Kansas, and her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. Anne has also earned certification from Harvard University's Kennedy School Executive Education in Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Non-Profit Organizations, and certifications from Duke University’s Executive Education Program in both Non-Profit Management and in Non-Profit Leadership.