About Anne Giles

Anne Giles, M.A., M.S., is a writer, speaker, instructor and counselor. She is the founder and president of Handshake Media, Incorporated.

Anne’s Bachelor of Arts degree in history, minor in geological sciences, and Master of Arts in education are from Virginia Tech.  Her Master of Science degree in mental health counseling is from Nova Southeastern University. She is Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research Certified. She is working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia under the supervision of Katherine W. Starkey, LPC.

Anne GilesHer articles, essays, reviews and poems have appeared in The SunPress,  Tampa Review, CrossCurrents and others. She is listed in A Directory of American Poets & Fiction Writers from Poets & Writers.

Anne wrote a personal workplace advice column for Valley Business FRONT from December 2008 through December 2012. Online versions of the column are posted on Handshake 2.0 and were collected in Work: It’s Personal in January, 2012. She completed a brief memoir, Phoenix Rising: A Journey of Self-Discovery through Addiction Recovery, in 2015. She blogs at annegiles.com primarily about addictions recovery.

She has taught in rural, suburban, urban, public and private schools, at the secondary and university levels. In 2008, she was a volunteer counselor at New Life Recovery Center, a New River Valley Community Services Board program, and served on the NRVCS Board of Directors from July, 2013 – March, 2014.

She competed in sprint triathlons during the 2008-2011 and 2013 seasons, primarily in the Virginia Triathlon Series.  She does circuit training every week at The Weight Club with Don Belote.

Anne was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1958, lived in Covington, Virginia, Columbus, Ohio, and Moscow, Idaho as a child, then in Blacksburg, Virginia through young adulthood.  She moved to Tampa, Florida in 1983, lived there for twenty-three years, and returned to Blacksburg in July, 2006. She has one sister, Margaret Galecki.  Her sister is married, has grown children, and lives in Radford, Virginia. Her father, Robert H. Giles, Jr., lives in Blacksburg, Virginia. Anne has had several names. She has two cats.

Anne has founded startups and is operating companies. She is the co-founder of Cognichoice, software for personal change, focusing most recently on mobile applications for addictions recovery. Anne’s corporate biography is here.

Photo by Nancy Brauer

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