Leadership

 
 

The mission of Friend to Friend is to help survivors of domestic
violence, sexual assault and human trafficking rebuild their lives.
Friend to Friend values diversity and inclusion and is committed to creating a work culture of positivity and empowerment. Through the power of our shared leadership model- and through shared experiences, shared mission, and collective voice, we can work together to create individual, institutional, and cultural change.

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Friend to Friend Staff

Our team is comprised of compassionate, trauma-informed advocates who are committed to protecting hundreds of adults, children and their pets who need our emergency shelter and services to escape life threatening abuse. Our team takes a holistic approach when helping survivors rebuild their lives.

At our Advocacy Office, our court advocacy team helps to provide assistance with protective orders and court accompaniment. We also offer support groups to female inmates on parenting, sexual assault awareness, and healthy relationships to help them achieve success upon exiting the prison system.

Dr. Anne Friesen    Executive Director

Dr. Anne Friesen

Executive Director

Casey Halferty    Community Educator

Casey Halferty

Community Educator

Kimberly Ledford    Grant & Advocacy Center Program Coordinator

Kimberly Ledford

Grant & Advocacy Center Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Garner    Senior Court Advocate

Elizabeth Garner

Senior Court Advocate

Jan Mullis    Community Educator

Jan Mullis

Community Educator

Sarah Rabstejnek    Assistant Court Advocate

Sarah Rabstejnek

Assistant Court Advocate

 
Karmen Harris, RN, SANE-A  Sexual Assault & Outreach Coordinator

Karmen Harris, RN, SANE-A

Sexual Assault & Outreach Coordinator

 

Our Serenity House team, is comprised of a 24-hour trauma-informed direct service staff, who provide guidance advocacy, support groups, special programming and holistic care for both single women and women with children. Our care coaches focus on curriculum that builds both leadership and self sufficiency skills. Our innovative programming promotes healthy relationships while teaching boundary awareness, art expressions, goal making, journaling, equine therapy, dog therapy, spiritual exploration, financial literacy, children’s enrichment, meditation, and mindfulness.

Nicole Bennett    Shelter Facility Manager

Nicole Bennett

Shelter Facility Manager

Chandler Thornton    Shelter Program Manager

Chandler Thornton

Shelter Program Manager

Tannika Leake    Shelter Children’s Program Coordinator

Tannika Leake

Shelter Children’s Program Coordinator

Brenda    Client Service Advocate

Brenda

Client Service Advocate

Uma Healy    Shelter Program Manager

Uma Healy

Shelter Program Manager

Adiza    Client Service Advocate

Adiza

Client Service Advocate

 
Emily Gordon    Client Service Advocate

Emily Gordon

Client Service Advocate

 

Our Boar

2019 Board of Directors

The Friend to Friend Board of Directors currently boasts 15 members, ages ranging from 34-56. Our board is made up of community leaders who offer expertise and experience from a wide variety of fields. Our board members are committed to social change, and helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking rebuild their lives. A complete roster of our current board members is available upon request. If you would like to receive a copy of the roster please email the Friend to Friend Executive Director, Dr. Anne Friesen at anne@annefriesen.com.

Apply to be a part of our Board of Directors here.