NESD Conference

October 28th & 29th

Online registration is closed at this time.

In collaboration with the Brown County State’s Attorney Office, we’ll be co-hosting the annual NESD conference at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. This annual conference provides family violence professionals access to the latest research, practical experiences and treatment methods for maltreatment. Participants will analyze a complex case study and hear the emotional testimony of a domestic abuse survivor. CEUs will be available for social workers, counselors and law enforcement.

Plan to join us for an after-hours dinner event on October 28th with Jeff Rinek, who will share from his book, In the Name of the Children.  A plated dinner will be served. This is also a great opportunity for networking amongst participants.

Conference Speakers

Jeffrey Rinek

Jeffrey L. Rinek is retired from the FBI after thirty years’ service during which he gained international notoriety for a variety of cases involving complex criminal investigation and interview. He is currently the owner of Rinek and Associates, a private investigative and consulting business specializing in comprehensive investigations for both private and public entities. Since retiring in 2006, Mr. Rinek has also engaged as an entrepreneur in a startup company dedicated toward child internet safety, and as an adjunct college professor.

Rinek and Associates has been retained to address both high profile, and discreet complex investigations. Services offered include expert testimony in matters concerning violent crime, criminal profiling, forensic accounting to detect questioned financial schemes, identify individuals engaged in questioned financial practices, and Equal Employment Investigations. Rinek and Associates has been retained by public entities such as California Special Districts, School Districts, and for private investigative needs as dictated by the retaining individual. Interview and Interrogation is a common reason for retention and is based on the international recognition of Jeff Rinek for his accomplishments and unusual, consistent success obtaining information in difficult interview environments.

Jeff Rinek is credited with obtaining the confession from serial killer Cary Stayner who is on California’s death row for the infamous “Yosemite Murders” in 1999 which involved the abduction and murders of two juvenile and two adult females. Jeff Rinek’s success in interview and investigation has been reported in media to include, books, television shows, newspapers and magazines. In 2010 Jeff Rinek appeared as a monthly guest for his expertise and notoriety, on the Sacramento morning television show “SAC and Co”.

Jeff Rinek is currently collaborating on a book, depicting his life and accomplishments that has been purchased by a publisher. In the book a new interview technique which was introduced by Jeff Rinek has proven successful and serves to advance the discipline of interview and interrogation. Additionally, a new episode of a highly reviewed true crime series is being developed, and Jeff has been approached for developing other similar projects. In 2003, Jeff Rinek received the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association “Investigator of the Year” award, as such was the first FBI Special Agent to have received this honor.

Jeff Rinek is also known, and distinguished for his compassion for victims and people who have been harmed by the actions of others, as well as his passion for seeking justice and closure for all people involved in unfortunate circumstance.

As an FBI Special Agent, Jeff Rinek served as the primary coordinator for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) which is commonly referred to as Criminal Profiling. Jeff Rinek was certified as a Criminal Profiler. Additionally, he served as the primary coordinator for Crime Against Children, the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP), and the Kidnapping Coordinator. Jeff Rinek participated in specialized training for White Collar Crime, and Foreign Counter Intelligence. Jeff also served as a Sniper on the FBI’s Sacramento SWAT Team and as a co-pilot in the FBI’s Aviation Program.

Dr. Kenneth Snell

A licensed Pathologist and Minnehaha County Coroner. Dr. Snell has completed  thousands of autopsy’s and provided medical review on cases of child abuse, strangulation, and domestic violence.  

Victor Vieth

Victor Vieth, JD, MA, is the Director of Education and Research for Zero Abuse Project. In this role, he develops long-term strategy for expanding Zero Abuse Project and its programs nationally and internationally. He also teaches, publishes, creates programs and works on public policy issues related to child protection.

Victor is in demand as a nationally recognized expert in the field of interpersonal violence. He has trained thousands of child protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigation, prosecution and prevention. Victor has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

Victor gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the

American Bar Association also named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading Us Into the 21st Century.” Victor is regularly asked to consult with legislators around the country regarding policy and reform and has testified in front of the United States Senate. Numerous foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Columbia, have sought his expertise to guide them as they create and implement ground breaking child protection policies.

Victor has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of “Unto the Third Generation,” a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.

Victor graduated magna cum laude from Winona State University and earned his juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence Award.

Sara Kindvall

Survivor of domestic violence. Sara hopes to impact and empower others by sharing her own struggles.

Krista Hereen-Graber

Krista Hereeen-Graber is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and has been in that role since 1999.  Prior to 1999, Krista worked in a variety of roles at Children’s Inn in Sioux Falls where she served as the Operations Director for the last two years there.  Krista has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development. She is a licensed social worker in SD and acts as an adjunct professor for the University of Sioux Falls. 

In her current role, Krista provides training, technical assistance and consultation.  She travels the state working with direct services providers and provides training specifically for law enforcement.  Krista serves as an expert witness for many criminal and civil court cases and has been a peer reviewer for the Office of Justice since 2005.

Dr. Thom Flamboe

Dr. Thom Flamboe grew up in Detroit, Michigan and found his way to South Dakota through Wyoming. He has worked with families, children, civic groups, and big businesses in a variety of roles. He has conducted workshops and trainings for a variety of groups including school boards, educators, parents, and school staff.  He has assisted in the training of DARE officers for 20 years and was an ALICE trainer. He was a member of the Aberdeen Police Department’s Special Response Team as a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator. He has assisted in the training of Critical Incident Teams for Law Enforcement agencies around the state. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he was in practice for 20 years at the United Clinic in Aberdeen and a Vice President for Academics and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Presentation College.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan; a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Wyoming; a Master’s from Northern State University in Counseling; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Union Institute and University. He has received the Alumni of the Year from Eastern Michigan University; recognition for his work from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; and was recently notified of being one of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni of the Year for the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Thom has been involved in Community Theater and the Senior Olympics as a multiple gold medalist in Cycling. He is currently “retired” but continues to offer workshops and trainings and volunteers with the Black Hills State University athletics programs as the Mental Strength Conditioning Coach. He is finishing his book about police officers and lives in Spearfish, South Dakota with his wife, Terry, and their two dogs, Murphy and Ozzie, and cat, Miss Kitty. His daughter, Reagan, lives in Aberdeen and is a Clinical Mental Health therapist.

Lodging & Questions

A block of rooms will be reserved at the Holiday Inn Express in Aberdeen, SD under the NESD Family Violence Conference.

Questions regarding the conference can be directed to or feel free to call us at (605) 226-1212.

If you had previously registered for the event originally scheduled in June and the new dates no longer work for you, please contact us for a refund.