FEE Names NEW Executive Director

October 10, 2018

Letter from President Neal Lofy


Hello All,

Friends, co-workers, and leaders come and go from our lives. Some leave their mark on us, others change us, some change the world around them. As previously announced, Karri Hemmig has transitioned out of the Executive Director role after successfully launching our organization and serving in this capacity for four years. She will now move into an advisory position with FEE while continuing her advocacy work with Racine PD. This transition will allow Karri to continue to develop more robust training, like the upcoming Law Enforcement Conference you will undoubtedly hear more about in the coming months. Karri embodies changing the world for others, and we have been fortunate to have her in the ED role for as long as we have.

FEE had the daunting task of finding a new leader. Many high caliber candidates applied, our Executive Committee had the difficult undertaking to narrow them down. We were looking for a candidate who strives for excellence, who loves to serve and exemplifies the qualities of a servant leader.

As the president of FEE, it is with great inspiration and excitement that I get to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Michelle Peterson. Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend time with Michelle and it has been extremely motivating. Michelle has passion and is looking to join the fight against human trafficking, helping in directions yet unexplored. While FEE will continue to be the leading organization we are in the fight against human trafficking, Michelle brings a fresh perspective, new ideas, and her unique style to FEE.

Leaders work with empathy and accountability, service and dedication, and that is how Fight to End Exploitation has always excelled. I encourage all of you to take the opportunity to meet Michelle, welcome her to the cause, and get to know the wonderfully accomplished person that she is.

Thank you Michelle for choosing FEE, it is an honor to have you as our leader!

Neal Lofy
FEE President

Michelle Peterson, new Executive Director at Fight to End Exploitation

Meet Michelle Peterson!

Founder Karri Hemmig (R) introduced Michelle (L) to a local hero at the Siena Center. Racine Dominican Sister Rose Marie Anthony won the Community Policing Award for her work in fighting human trafficking.

Get to Know our New Executive Director

Michelle is a great listener, but if you’d like to get her going in conversation ask her about…

  • Being a transplant from Seattle
  • Her book or her podcast!
  • How she became proud of her loud laugh
  • What kind of major construction machine is her favorite
  • Communication and leadership development strategies

She would love to hear from you. Email her at michelle@fighttoendexploitation.org 

Congratulations to FEE President Investigator Neal Lofy (L) who received the “40 Under 40” award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for his work on the Greater Racine Human Trafficking Task Force. Pictured with Lofy are fellow recipient Senior Constable Sarah McGuinness from the Queensland Police Service in Australia and her commanding officer. Read more about it here.