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Athletic Training


  • Daniel Ruffner

    Director of Athletic Training Program; Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    Dan Ruffner teaches courses in structural kinesiology, general medical conditions, and therapeutic rehabilitation and practicum. Certified since 1992, he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a master’s degree in athletic training at Illinois State University.

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  • Laurie Jensen

    Clinical Coordinator for Athletic Training Educational Program; Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science

    Laurie Jensen is Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator and an Assistant Professor in the Athletic Training Education Program. She teaches Introduction to Athletic Training, Principles of Athletic Training, Practicum I, Administration in Athletic Training, and Topics of Athletic Training: Pharmacology.

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  • Jacob Dinauer

    Head Athletic Trainer; Athletics Health Care Administrator; Senior Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science

    Prior to working as the Head Athletic Trainer, Jacob Dinauer served as Assistant Athletic Trainer and was a graduate assistant at Carthage, as well as an Athletic Trainer/Corporate Fitness Consultant at NovaCare Rehabilitation. He provides athletic training services for football, men’s volleyball, and baseball, and teaches courses in clinical skills, modalities in athletic training, and prevention and emergency care of athletic injuries. 

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Additional Staff

Jen Lindloff

Jennifer Lindloff, MS, ATC, SFMA

Staff Athletic Trainer
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Jennifer Lindloff has been with the Carthage College athletic training staff since 2011. Prior to Carthage, Jenn was an athletic trainer for Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers in Northern Illinois. Lindloff is a 2009 graduate of Central College with a bachelor’s in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training. She received her master’s in athletic training from Ohio University in 2012. Jenn provides athletic training services for Carthage women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and softball.


Zachary Tavs, ATC

Staff Athletic Trainer
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Zach graduated from Carthage in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and was a Carthage graduate assistant athletic trainer from 2013 to 2015. Zach provides athletic training services for the men’s soccer, men’s basketball and track & field.


Dexter Molinaro '17

Dexter Molinaro ’ 17, ATC, CSCS, EMR, CMCP

Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
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Dexter Molinaro earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Carthage in 2017. In his role as Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, he provides athletic training coverage and clinical rehabilitation services for all sports. Dexter completed additional training and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, an Emergency Medical Responder, and a MediCupping Therapy practitioner.


April Turner

April Turner, ATC

Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
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April is a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and she completed a Lindenwood University men’s lacrosse internship. She provides AT services for cross country, swimming, water polo, and men’s lacrosse.


Allie Samaan

Allie Saaman, ATC

Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
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Allie is a 2016 graduate of the University of Iowa, and she completed a Northwestern University football internship. She provides AT services for women’s volleyball, tennis, golf, and women’s lacrosse.


Joanne Zia

Joanne Zia, MED, ATC

Part-time Assistant Athletic Trainer
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Joanne graduated from Carthage College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, and in the summer of 2015 from Auburn University with a master’s of education. Joanne provides rehabilitation services to Carthage athletes on campus as well as providing athletic training services to local Kenosha high schools.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • Since 2008, Carthage athletic training students have used the newest diagnostic tools to study concussions. Overseen by a leading brain trauma expert from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the research helps doctors determine when athletes are healthy enough to return.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …