Athletic Training Staff


Debra R. Runkle
Debra R. Runkle
Associate Athletic Director; University Medical Coordinator; Head Athletic Trainer

ATC, LAT
MA, Mankato State University
BS, South Dakota State University

Office Phone: 563.589.3244
E-mail: drrunkle@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 305 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
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Head Athletic Trainer, Medical Coordinator, Athletic Facilities Director, Assistant Athletic Director/SWA

BS, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 1979
Major: Physical Education Minor: Athletic Training & Coaching 

MA, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN 1984
Thesis: "The Effects of Full Hip-Flexion and 45-Degree Straight Leg Raising Exercises on Retropatellar Pain." 

Debra earned her bachelor of science in physical education from South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD), and her master of arts in physical education from Mankato State University (Mankato, MN) with an emphasis on sports medicine.

A certified athletic trainer since 1979, she has traveled internationally as a member of the United States Olympic Training Center (USOC). As a medical staff member for the USOC she has traveled with Team USA to the 2000 Olympics in Sidney, Australia, 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, 1998 World Youth Games in Moscow, Russia, and the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she served as athletic trainer with the USA Wheelchair Team and Cerebral Palsy Teams. In 1982 she received the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Outstanding Research and Injury Award.

Previously, she was an Assistant Professor and Athletic Trainer at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She taught various classes with the Human Performance Department and in the nationally known accredited Athletic Training program for 17 years. Prior to MSU-M she was employed as instructor and athletic trainer at Chadron State College, and was a teacher, coach and athletic trainer in the Dell Rapids School District, in Dell Rapids, South Dakota for 3 years after graduating from SDSU.

Deb is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Wheelchair Sports USA, College Athletic Trainers Society, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER).She is co-author of the college textbook Athletic Protective Equipment Care, Selection and Fitting and has published articles on eating disorders and athletic training topics. In 2002 & 2003, she was a finalist for the National Athletic Trainers Association Gail Weldon Woman Athletic Trainer Award. She is presently a member of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.


Erin Barsema
Erin Barsema
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Administrative Assistant to the University Medical Coordinator

ATC, LAT
BS, Clarke College

Office Phone: 563.589.3857
E-mail: ebarsema@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 304 Stoltz Sports Center
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Erin Barsema joined the University of Dubuque as an Administrative Assistant to the University Medical Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2008. Barsema is a 2008 graduate of Clarke College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.

In addition, Barsema is a Clinical Faculty member for the Clarke University Athletic Training Education Program and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) as well as the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA) and the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society.

The Pittsville, Wis. native currently resides in La Motte, IA with husband Mike Barsema (Pilot at Envoy Air), Chase (6), Paige (3), Blain (1) and is expecting another in January 2016.


Jeremy Clausen
Jeremy Clausen
Assistant Athletic Trainer

MA, College of St. Scholastica
BS, Carroll University

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: jclausen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center

Carissa Kilmer
Carissa Kilmer
Assistant Athletic Trainer

ATC, LAT
MS, The College of St. Scholastica
BS, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: ckilmer@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
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Carissa Kilmer joined the Spartans Athletic Training staff in August 2015. Kilmer is a 2013 graduate of University of Wisconsin- Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Science.

Kilmer continued her education at St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, graduating in 2015 with a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training. During the summer of 2014, Kilmer had an internship with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay serving as a First Responder for all summer camps while also assisting with out of season rehabs for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletes.

In addition, Carissa is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) as well as the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA) and the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society (IATS).


Brenna Sneed
Brenna Sneed
Assistant Athletic Trainer

BS, Gustavus Adolphus College

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center

Sara Welch
Sara Welch
Assistant Athletic Trainer

ATC, LAT
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: swelch@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
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Sara Welch joined the Spartans Athletic Training staff in August 2015. Welch is a 2015 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training. During the summer of 2014, Welch worked at Gustavus Adolphus College serving as a First Responder for all summer camps while also assisting with weight room supervision for all on-campus students.

Sara is continuing her education at the University of Dubuque, pursuing a Masters of Business Administration degree. While in graduate school, Welch is also serving as an assistant athletic trainer for UD.

In addition, Welch is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) as well as the Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA) and the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society (IATS).


Matyln Zimmerman
Matyln Zimmerman
Assistant Athletic Trainer

MA, College of St. Scholastica
BS, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
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Matlyn Zimmerman joined the University of Dubuque as an Assistant Athletic Trainer beginning for the 2016-17 season. 

Zimmerman graduated from the The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Athletic Training, and prior to that earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2012.

In 2014-2015, Zimmerman was an intern for athletic training for the Division II Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she worked with the Cross- Country, Women's basketball, and Track and Field teams.

In 2015-2016, Zimmerman became the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Division II Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. Zimmerman was responsible for the nationally ranked cross country and track and field programs, while teaching Prevention and Care classes at the university.

Zimmerman is certified in Athletic Training (ACT), is a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT), has certification as a First Responder, certification in Graston Technique, and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).