Health, Wellness, and Sport Faculty


James Romagna
James Romagna
Department Head Health, Wellness and Sport; Assistant Professor

MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3402
E-mail: jromagna@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 315 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Sarah Accacian
Sarah Accacian
Assistant Athletic Trainer

MS, Illinois State University
BS, Clarke College

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: saccacian@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click Here

Sarah (Fahrenkrug) Accacian joined the Spartans Athletic Training staff in August 2010. Accacian is a 2005 graduate of Clarke College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and a minor in biology.

From 2005-2006 Accacian served as an Adjunct Athletic Trainer and Approved Clinical Instructor for Clarke covering women's soccer, men's volleyball, and softball.

Sarah continued her education at Illinois State University, graduating in 2008 with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. While in graduate school, Accacian served as a graduate assistant for Illinois Wesleyan University. Her primary responsibilities were men's soccer and women's basketball, while assisting with cross country and tennis.

In Fall 2008, Sarah joined the sports medicine staff at Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY) as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. From 2008 to 2010, Accacian assisted with the medical care of all Wildcat student-athletes.

In addition, Sarah 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 (IATS).

The DeWitt, Iowa native currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband, Andy and dog, Lola.


Kevin P. Cattani
Kevin P. Cattani
Associate Professor of Sport Marketing & Management/Director of Sports Marketing

PhD, University of Florida
MS, University of Florida
BS, University of Florida

Office Phone: 563.589.3454
E-mail: kcattani@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 311 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.589-3410


Dan Duclos
Dan Duclos
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences


E-mail: dduclos@dbq.edu 

Anne Funke
Anne Funke
Assistant Director of Vocation and Civic Engagement

MA, University of Northern Iowa, Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3167
E-mail: afunke@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Peters Commons

Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country
Adjunct Faculty

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3860
E-mail: cgunnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click Here

Chad Gunnelson, the 2013 Iowa Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Co-Coach of the year, is entering his sixth season leading the track & field and cross country programs. The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011 and continue to improve. 

The Spartan men’s and women’s track & field teams have seen their best IIAC indoor championship finishes in school history during the Gunnelson era. The women have also posted their best outdoor finish at the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in 2016.

Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 22 NCAA qualifiers, earning 6 All-American honors and 1 National Champion (Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014). The Spartans have also had 46 IIAC Champions and 183 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 57 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fourth straight year.

The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the third and seventh consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 16 names to the UD Top-25 cross country performers list under Gunnelson. 

Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson, a native of Madison, Wis., spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School for both the boy’s and girl’s teams. At Madison East, Gunnelson coached 22 school record holders and back-to-back state champions in 2010 and 2011. Gunnelson resurrected track and field at Madison East by tripling the team size during his time there. In his final year with the Purgolders, the team earned a 3.24 GPA, had four sectional champions, and placed all four state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state track meet, including a state champion.

Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the Owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility, from 2007 to 2011 where he built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area. Over 600 youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes trained and improved their athletic ability each year.

Coach Gunnelson currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. He is also a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, and is Functional Movement Screen certified.

Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.

Track and Field Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque

IIAC Finishes            Men            Women
Season Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
2012 4th 6th 7th 8th
2013 3rd 4th 6th 6th
2014 4th 4th 3rd 5th
2015 3rd 4th 3rd 5th
2016 5th 4th  4th 3rd 

Deanne Hohmann
Deanne Hohmann
Adjunct Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Recreation Faculty


E-mail: dhohman@dbq.edu 
Fax: 563.589.3410

Thomas Lytle
Thomas Lytle
Adjunct Education Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: tlytle@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Victor Popp
Victor Popp
Director of Recreation; World View Seminar Faculty

MS, Minnesota State University
BA, Carthage College

Office Phone: 563.589.3449
E-mail: vpopp@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3743

Jose Reinoso
Jose Reinoso
Coordinator of Intramural Sports

BA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3845
E-mail: jreinoso@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3742

Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

PhD, Iowa State University
MS, Iowa State University
BA, Northwestern College (IA)

Office Phone: 563.589.3186
E-mail: jmthomas@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 313 Smith Hall


Jon West
Jon West
Adjunct Education and Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Sport

BA, University of Dubuque
MA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: jwest@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410