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: 563.589.3929
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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
Assistant 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 serves the University of Dubuque as Assistant Medical Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer. Barsema is a 2008 graduate of Clarke University 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, Iowa with husband Mike Barsema (Captain at Envoy Air), Chase (9), Paige (6), Blain (4) and Ethan (2).


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

Mara Klipfel
Mara Klipfel
Graduate Assistant - Athletic Trainer


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

Jennifer Kunshier
Jennifer Kunshier
Assistant Athletic Trainer


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

Matyln Zimmerman
Matyln Zimmerman
Assistant Athletic Trainer

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

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: MZimmerman@dbq.edu 
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).