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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.

ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS

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.

CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kimberly Ledford

Grant & Advocacy Center Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington; Kimberly has been living in Pinehurst for the past seven years with her husband and three teenagers. She has been working paid and unpaid in the non-profit sector for 20 years. She is dedicated to improving the lives of humans and our planet through service and action such as writing for social justice, education, and environmental causes, and garnering money through grants or freelance writing for awareness and education.

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Jan

Community Educator

Jan is the Human Trafficking Community Educator. She leads the development & implementation the "1000 Eyes Wide Open" campaign in Moore County and beyond. With this endeavor, she has already trained more than 1,000 eyes to recognize and report human trafficking. As Friend to Friend's Human Trafficking Community Educator, Jan works directly with youth in the trafficker's targeted age groups; the parents and teachers of toddlers and teens; and the community at large to empower all to work together to prevent, protect, and prevail over the crime of human trafficking in local communities.

Jan is a graduate of Oklahoma University and has a Masters in Theological Studies in Christian Leadership from Gordon-Conwell.


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Casey Halferty

Community Educator

A native Upstate New Yorker, Casey received her BA in Health and Human Services, with a minor in Sociology, from the University at Buffalo. After graduating, she was a victim advocate at a Non-Profit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault agency in New York before moving to North Carolina to pursue warmer weather. At Friend to Friend, Casey is the Outreach and Prevention Program Coordinator. In this role, Casey coordinates all Friend to Friend volunteers, gives community education presentations, represents the agency at numerous events/trainings, and provides transportation to Serenity House clients. Casey is an outdoors enthusiast, and always encourages Friend to Friend's clients to appreciate the fresh air and the sun on their faces. Casey is passionate about educating our community and schools on Friend to Friend's services and teachings on healthy relationships, boundary setting, and anti bullying campaigns. Casey also helps co- lead the Moore County Domestic Violence Task Force.

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Elizabeth Garner

Senior Court Advocate

Elizabeth has 10 years of experience working as a domestic violence advocate at Friend to Friend, and is currently the senior court advocate. Elizabeth’s education includes a B.S. in Social Work for UNCP and certificate from the NCCADV legal advocates. She is passionate about legal advocacy, runs our prison support group, volunteers at the Moore County Schools, and is a Guardian ad Litem advocate.

Sarah Rabstejnek

Assistant Court Advocate

Having completed her undergraduate internship with Friend to Friend in the spring of 2018 for her BSW in Social Work, Sarah started the role of our Assistant Court Advocate. She is passionate about trauma-informed care, RFR (Reconnect For Resilience) trained, and a lover of all things mental health. She loves being a part of Friend to Friend and what our organization represents. She is Friend to Friend's Resiliency Champion, inspiring both clients and staff to reconnect and use resiliency tools to help manage emotions and behaviors in healthy ways. Sarah uses her resiliency knowledge to hep educate clients on the impact on adverse childhood experiences.

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Caroline Reynolds

Sexual Assault Program Coordinator

Caroline Reynolds is a military spouse and Social Worker who recently returned to North Carolina after six years away. Though she considers herself a displaced Texan at heart, she’s excited to be back in North Carolina doing work she loves. Caroline received her undergrad in English/Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, and completed her MSW with Boston University in 2016. Professionally, Caroline’s passion and focus has been on serving families in crisis. She has worked with domestic violence victims and offenders, children experiencing family crisis, and most recently with military families involved in the child welfare system.     

Caroline is currently the Sexual Assault Program Coordinator for Friend to Friend, where she manages the Hospital Accompaniment program, as well as various other advocacy, outreach, education, and prevention programs serving sexual assault survivors in Moore County. Additionally, Caroline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA) working towards independent licensure, and provides clinical services to survivors in need of therapeutic support. When not working, Caroline stays busy and tired trying to keep up with her two boys, and strongly believes in the therapeutic properties of reading and baking cookies.

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Jackie Cornell

Executive Assistant

An Ohio native, Jackie has come to enjoy the charm and history of Moore County. She is an activist, and compassionate about the revitalization of small historic towns, such as Aberdeen. By serving on local boards and committees, she is one of the leading forces behind their family focused events and activities in the Downtown area. She thrives in the positive and supportive teamwork environment that Friend to Friend has to offer. Jackie is passionate about sharing our mission and services via social media and other outreach processes.

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Ashley Sparks

Intern

Ashley is a lifelong Moore County resident. She returned to the area after completing her undergraduate degree at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina. Ashley is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California concentrating in Children, Youth and Families. Ashley is excited about the opportunity to provide counseling services to Serenity House residents and non-sheltered clients through individual counseling and support groups. She hopes to continue helping children and families heal from toxic stress. Ashley is a champion for the importance of a trauma-informed approach to healing, and is passionate about ensuring all people in need have access to those services.

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Nicole Bennett

Serenity House Personnel Manager

Nicole Bennett is our Serenity House Personnel Manager and Peer Survivor Coach. A domestic violence survivor, and a former Serenity House guests, Nicole is committed to supporting, protecting,and empowering survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Nicole is passionate about offering ongoing support to our survivors. She facilitates weekly support groups on maintaining Healthy Relationship & Boundaries for both Serenity House guests and Moore County community survivors.


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Chandler Thornton

Therapeutic Art Advocate

Chandler oversees our Serenity House Art Therapy Program and leads Art Expressions twice monthly. For over two years, she specialized in Friend to Friend case management and placement for Human Trafficking Victims. She has a Bachelors Degree from Appalachian State University and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design to study studio art. Chandler enjoys seeing the clients explore creativity as a part of their healing process and how art can positively impact the parts of the brain effected by trauma. "It is an honor to lead them in that process!"

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Tannika Leake

Serenity House Children’s Program Coordinator

Tannika is our Children’s Program Coordinator. She provides the Serenity House children activities which helps self confidence and emotional healing. She also provides parenting, job search, housing search, and guidance advocacy for the mothers staying at the Serenity House. Tannika has experience as a Developmental Resident Specialist in Children's Home settings and has experience in working with children with disabilities. 


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Brenda Reilly

Client Service Advocate

Brenda started at Friend to Friend as an Intern for her Bachelor degree in Christian Counseling in September 2017. She worked for a year as a part-time Client Service Advocate, and is now a full-time Client Service Advocate at the Serenity House. Brenda has been happily married to her loving husband of 28 years, and they are proud parents of two wonderful young adult sons. She served in the Air Force Reserve for 17 years, and supported her husband throughout his 20 year Active Duty Air Force Career from which he is now retired and serves in the NC Forest Service. Brenda earned an Associate in Science degree in Computer Information Technology in 2009. She is also currently a student at Liberty University Online working on her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling. Brenda enjoys being a part of Friend to Friend's positive, supportive, and encouraging team and helping every one of our courageous and amazing clients.

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Uma Healy

Serenity House Program Manager

Uma Healy is our Shelter Manager at Serenity House. In that role, she helps ensure that the programming and resources available to shelter guests are built upon evidence-based models that focus on empowering and building core strengths and capabilities. Her goal is for every guest that comes through Serenity House to know that they are valued and believed, and learn to believe in themselves. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia University, is bilingual, and will be receiving her Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California later this year.

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Adiza Mustapha

Client Service Advocate

Adiza provides direct care to survivors of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Sexual Assault at Serenity House by providing the necessary support to help them recover and rebuild their lives. She is passionate about human service and social justice, and loves caring for her family.

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Emily Gordon

Serenity House Program Coordinator

Emily is our Serenity House Program Manager, focusing on implementing trauma-informed programs to help clients being to heal- mind, body and soul. Emily offers Serenity House clients yoga, mindfulness training, aromatherapy, support groups, and guidance advocacy to help survivors begin to heal holistically. Emily is a graduate of University Of North Carolina Greensboro with a bachelors degree in Special Education and is a certified yoga instructor. She began as a volunteer at The Serenity House and fell in love with the clients and the culture of Friend to Friend. She believes if we choose to see a person as a whole, complete individual, then we can approach the journey towards healing more effectively.

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Jessica Howard

Safety Planning Coordinator

Jessica Howard is our Serenity House Safety Planning Coordinator. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a background in law enforcement. She is excited to help clients with court-related issues and assisting with domestic violence/trauma-related guidance counseling.