OUR TEAM

Jenny Almquist

Jenny Almquist

Co-Founder and Executive Director

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 and exploitation. Jenny enjoys writing, reading, and public speaking. In her time away from the office, you will find Jenny gardening, traveling and spending time with her husband and children.

Cat morgan

Cat morgan

Director of Educational Programming

Cat’s passion for social justice was sparked into flame during college after seeing a powerful documentary “Nefarious” about the human sex trade and joining the on-campus organization International Justice Mission. Her work with Fierce Freedom allows her to speak to thousands of people about the realities of domestic human trafficking and help empower them to join the fight. She also loves connecting with incarcerated individuals, an at-risk populace, to better equip them to protect themselves against exploitation.

Cat received her BA in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2016. She relocated briefly after college to Boston, gaining experience in her field that she eagerly brought to Fierce Freedom. A lifelong learner, she enjoys the diverse range of tasks that each day brings, allowing her the space to grow as she fights for something she deeply cares about.

Matt Kendziera

Matt Kendziera

Technology Advisor

Over the past two decades Matt has built a career around his passion for causes of justice and equality. He has worked extensively with individuals and families struggling with poverty and homelessness as the founder and director of a non-profit organization, spent several years working directly with incarcerated men as a Chaplain, and has traveled the United States speaking to students and parents about violence and bullying prevention. Matt is humbled and proud to serve along side the incredible team at Fierce Freedom to fight what is arguably the greatest atrocity and injustice of our time.

Matt has an education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and along with his wife Suzie and daughters Macia and Georgia has called Eau Claire, WI his home for the better part of 20 years. When not fighting issues of injustice you can find Matt bicycling along a country road, kayaking down a winding river, or cross country skiing somewhere in the woods.

John Pulley

John Pulley

Demand Reduction Expert

After attending his first conference on human trafficking in the summer of 2018, John’s eyes were opened to how prevalent and pervasive sex trafficking is in America. In spring of 2019, he made the commitment to leave his career in sales and move from Dallas, TX to join the work of Fierce Freedom.

As a public speaker, writer, and lifelong sales professional, John’s skill set fits perfectly into Fierce Freedom’s mission. John speaks about the demand side of trafficking at regional and national conferences as well as leading donor relations and fundraising efforts at Fierce Freedom.

Joyce Orth

Joyce Orth

Donor Relations

Joyce retired in 2021 from public sector employment with a local school district, serving most recently as the District Communications Coordinator. Her years of experience includes volunteering with community groups, and serving on boards for nonprofit and professional organizations at the local and state level. She currently serves as Lead Elder on her church board.
She loves to connect people to each other and to find avenues that add value to their lives. Brené Brown says, “ To me, a leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes.” Joyce agrees! She’s excited to apply these strategies to her work and our work together to end human trafficking and exploitation in our hometowns.
Diane Bryant

Diane Bryant

Spiritual Director

Diane’s passion for well-being and soul care joins the many facets of justice demonstrated by Fierce Freedom. Diane has been the Spiritual Director at Fierce Freedom for several years and has provided both guidance and support for the FF staff during the ups and downs of fighting human trafficking.

Diane is a farm girl at heart with a “side” of Italian heritage and she delights in the gifts of creation but more so in the Creator as she desires to know and love His way. Her life path has included years as an RN within a variety of venues as well as serving in pastoral care with a local faith community. Diane is blessed to share life with her husband, John and their 2 adult children and 9 grands. Faith, family, the delights of nature, voracious reading, journaling, biking, long walks and a love of trees are a few of the joys of her days.

Thank you From the Fierce Freedom Team!

"I believe that all jails desperately need your training as the victims of human trafficking frequently pass through the system. If staff is not trained on the warning signs of human trafficking and what the victims my look like, these are missed opportunities to provide help."

Captain Curt Dutton, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

"I've worked with them, side by side, and know firsthand, that the Fierce Freedom staff, board and volunteers work tirelessly and passionately toward their call and mission - expanding programs as they go. Their awareness focus has grown to include targeted training, victim services and more."

Joyce Orth

"Fierce Freedom is an amazing non-profit that is run by informed, passionate and hard working world changers. They are indeed fierce in their commitment to ending modern day slavery and are strategic, thoughtful and great stewards of the resources entrusted to them."

Jessie Podolak

The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!
The Bridge Church is a proud sponsor of the Fierce Freedom Justice Run!