Staff


Jenny has been passionate about helping the less fortunate for as long as she can remember, particularly those who have no voice in our culture. Jenny first learned about the horrors of human trafficking in 2008, which lead to the birth of Fierce Freedom. As Executive Director, Jenny works to build the organization so that awareness and education about the issue can continue to spread. Her main goal is to educate and move people to action, to work toward the abolishment of human trafficking which she believes in possible in this generation.

Jenny Almquist

Cat is thrilled to join such an amazing organization and work alongside an incredible team of social justice warriors. Her passion for this cause was sparked into flame during college while being part of International Justice Mission and after attending a Fierce Freedom hosted event at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She looks forward to advocating for victims of these crimes by working with both policymakers and the public to both spread awareness and bring hope to the hopeless. Cat studied public relations during undergrad and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2016. She is returning to the Midwest after living in Boston to work in her field and is excited to bring both her educational and professional experiences to Fierce Freedom.

Cat Jacoby

Carrie has long been passionate about helping disadvantaged and oppressed people. Her eyes were first opened to modern-day slavery in 2007, when she became involved with organizing the Just Us for Justice Run/Walk. Her work at Fierce Freedom engages her heart and provides an opportunity to do behind-the-scenes work that makes a difference in fighting human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Carrie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Iowa State University in 2001, and a Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in 2003. She worked for several years as a licensed social worker doing individual and family therapy. She has also volunteered in an administrative role for various community organizations. Carrie’s social work background gives her an understanding of the trauma experienced by trafficking survivors and the complexities of their treatment needs.

Carrie Swartz

Tia attended one of Fierce Freedom’s first events hosted by Harvestime Church in 2011. During the presentation, Tia and a few others were asked if they would be willing to share what brought them to the event. She shared parts of her own story with the group that opened many eyes in the room; trafficking does in fact occur right here in our town in ways not commonly projected. In November of 2017, Tia was invited to go on a 6-month mission trip to Cape Town South Africa to fight against human trafficking. This opportunity stirred up many emotions inside her, leading to the realization that fighting trafficking was her calling. Tia has a passion to advocate for the women in her community- those who are being overlooked, who don’t feel worthy, and who need a way out and someone to care. In her position as a Survivor Advocate, she hopes to bring to the table an experienced, keen eye and a genuine connection with the victims that Fierce Freedom fights for.

Tia-Janae Johnson

Board Members


Dave works in the management of facilities operations and maintenance in a 650,000 square foot consumer goods distribution center of Anderson Windows in Menomonie, WI. He has coordinated preventive and corrective maintenance for all physical assets of the operation. In his career he has managed inventory, personnel as well as development of policies and procedures and has worked with the EPA and other government organizations and regulatory agencies. In 2007 Dave along with his wife Jenny started the concept of Fierce Freedom which is a domestic anti-human trafficking non-profit organization. Fierce Freedom is based in Eau Claire, WI and aims to education people, organizations and communities about trafficking-related issues and works with law enforcement members, state legislators and other regarding human trafficking in our local area. The organization serves approximately 4000 people a year with the message of the prevention of human sex and labor trafficking within the United States. Dave has served on the board since the beginning of the organization and bring strong business knowledge to the board as the organization grows and extends it reach.

Dave Almquist

Nicole is passionate about working with Fierce Freedom to help build networks and connections between and among local resources. Some of these organizations include community partnership networks, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire community, and other not-for-profit organizations in the area. Her passion of connecting people and supporting them in utilizing their social capital and spheres of influence to make a difference is a level of activism to which she is strongly committed to within the Chippewa Valley on the anti-sex trafficking front as an important and relevant social issue.

Nicole Schultz

Dan has been interested in helping to make the local community a better place to live.  After hearing about human trafficking, he wanted to do more.  He would like to help educate individuals in the community on human trafficking that is occurring locally. Dan received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2003.  He is a Certified Public Accountant with Bauman Associates, an accounting firm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  For the past 15 years he has worked with many area nonprofit clients on accounting and compliance requirements.  He is excited to use his skills to help such a worthy cause.

Dan Carlson

Jennifer’s interest and involvement in Fierce Freedom comes from many years of traveling the world and seeing the impact of human trafficking. From a business perspective, she strives to help other businesses understand the impact of human trafficking not only in our community but around the world. Jennifer has a passionate belief that education is the key to understanding the truth about human trafficking. She believes that when we educate others about the truth of human trafficking and what it looks like, only then will it motivate others to make a difference.

Jennifer McBride

Dave retired from the Eau Claire Police Department after 32 years, serving the last ten years at the Chief of Police. He also served six years as the Wisconsin Field Coordinator for the Mid-States Organized Crime Center. Currently, Dave is employed by the American Military University/ American Public University System as the Manager of Law Enforcement Business Development in the Midwest.

Dave Malone