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 Chambers of Commerce, Colleges and Universities, and a variety of professional organizations. He assisted in the training of DARE officers for 20 years and was a member of the Aberdeen Police Department’s Special Response Team as a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator. He was a Licensed Professional Counselor for 20 years at the United Clinic in Aberdeen and a Vice President for Academics and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Presentation College.
Flamboe has degrees in Special Education, Communication Disorders, Counseling, and Counseling Psychology and has received the Alumni of the Year from Eastern Michigan University; recognition for his work from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the “Friend of the Youth Leadership Forum”, and “Storyteller of the Year” from the Dakota Storytelling Festival.
Flamboe is currently “retired” but continues to offer workshops and trainings and he volunteers with the Black Hills State University football and athletics programs as a consultant. He is finishing his book about police officers and lives in Spearfish with his wife, Terry, and their two dogs, Murphy and Ozzie and cat, Miss Kitty.