Faculty and Staff
Daniel M. Wagner, ED.D., ATC

Athletic Training Major Chairman
South Dakota State University ’92
Indiana State University ’94
The University of South Dakota ’02
dnwagner@dwu.edu
605-995-2145

Dan Wagner has been a member of the Dakota Wesleyan University sports medicine team since 2001. He took over the role as the athletic training educational director and has been instrumental in helping this program receive national accreditation through CAATE. Besides his role as a professor in the athletic training education program, he has many roles on selective committees across the DWU campus. He is a native of Webster, S.D., and his prior experience includes athletic training program director and head athletic trainer at Mount Marty College from 1997 to 2001. He also worked at Yankton Medical Center in Yankton from 1994 to 1997, providing athletic training services to MMC and Yankton High School, as well as working in the performance enhancement center and physical therapy departments. While at Mount Marty, Wagner was a faculty member who taught athletic training and exercise science courses.

Wagner received his doctorate in education from the University of South Dakota in 2002. He completed his Master of Science degree from Indiana State University while serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. He received his undergraduate degree in athletic training from South Dakota State University, where he also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for one year.

He is certified by the American Health and Safety Institute in CPR and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the South Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association.

His primary athletic training coverage responsibilities include the wrestling team.

Wagner and his family live in Salem, S.D.



Jarod Guthmiller, M.S., ATCHead Athletic Trainer
Dakota Wesleyan University ’00
Middle Tennessee State University ’02 
jaguthmi@dwu.edu
605-995-2144

DWU alumnus Jarod Guthmiller serves as the head athletic trainer and has been a member of the Dakota Wesleyan University athletic training staff since 2005. He is the coordinator of athletic training services for DWU athletics and is the main administrator for insurance claims, budget and inventory. He is the liaison with team physicians and the athletic department. In the fall of 2008, Guthmiller was promoted to faculty program director of the sport, exercise and wellness curriculum.

He also serves as an assistant professor in the Donna Starr Christen College of Healthcare, Fitness, and Sciences and the athletic training major. His primary athletic training coverage responsibilities include football and men’s basketball, while also acting as the primary contact for men’s and women’s track, and the men’s and women’s golf teams.

Guthmiller, a Lesterville, S.D., native, graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in athletic training with concentration in sports medicine. In 2002, he earned a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology from Middle Tennessee State University. While at MTSU, he worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. His responsibilities included clinical outreach for a local high school in neighboring Nashville, Tenn. He was also an intern with the MTSU NCAA Division I football program during summer strength and conditioning camps.

From 2002 to 2005, Guthmiller worked at Si Tanka University in Huron, S.D., within the athletic training education curriculum as well as provided services as a staff athletic trainer.

Guthmiller is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Mid-American Athletic Trainers’ Association and the South Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Guthmiller and his family live in Mitchell.

Lana Loken, Ed.d., Atc

Clinical Education Coordinator
South Dakota State University ’97
St. Cloud State University ’99
The University of South Dakota ’05
laloken@dwu.edu
605-995-2851

Lana Loken has been a member of the Dakota Wesleyan University athletic training staff since 2001 and is the clinical education coordinator of the athletic training major, as well as an assistant athletic trainer with Tiger athletics. She assumed this role in 2002, after one year as the head athletic trainer and instructor at DWU. Her primary athletic training coverage responsibility includes the volleyball team.

Loken, a native of Madison, S.D., earned a doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of South Dakota with an emphasis in adult and higher education. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in athletic training from South Dakota State University and received her Master of Science degree in sport management from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

Before joining the staff at DWU, Lana worked as a certified athletic trainer at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, Wisconsin from 1999 to 2001, primarily providing services to local high schools and conducting summer conditioning and coach clinics. She also worked as a certified athletic trainer for the Gold Medal Gymnastic Club in Brookings in 1998 and 1999, and was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University while attending St. Cloud State University.

She holds memberships and is an active committee member in several areas within the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the South Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Mid-American Athletic Trainers’ Association, and is also a certified American Safety and Health Institute instructor.

Loken and her family live in Mitchell.



Donna Gerlach, R.N.
Campus Nurse
(605) 995-2957
dogerlac@dwu.edu

Donna Gerlach, RN, is a 1985 graduate of the Dakota Wesleyan University Nursing Program and was hired by the university in the fall of 1999. As the campus nurse, Donna will consult with students concerning health matters, render certain health services as needed, and acts as a referral source for students who need medical care in Mitchell and the surrounding communities. She is an important member of the DWU sports medicine team who acts as a liaison with the athletic department and full-time students who need assistance in filing claims for their Student Assurance medical benefits. She also enjoys promoting wellness through educational displays on campus and conducting educational programs in the dorms. Her office is located in Prather Hall.

Randi Christensen, M.S., ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
South Dakota State University ’02
Dakota Wesleyan University ’07
rachrist@dwu.edu
605-995-2139

Randi Christensen has been a part of the Dakota Wesleyan athletic training staff since the fall of 2005. She served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer from 2005-07 before becoming full-time in the fall of 2007. Christensen serves as the assistant athletic trainer and is an assistant professor in the athletic training major and sport, exercise science in the Donna Starr Christensen College of Healthcare Fitness & Science. Her primary athletic training coverage responsibilities include women’s soccer and women’s basketball

Christensen graduated from South Dakota State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training and minors in nutrition and health education. She became a certified athletic trainer in April 2002. She earned a Master of Arts degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2007.

Before coming to Dakota Wesleyan, Christensen spent one year at Si Tanka University where she covered Huron High School athletic teams. From 2003-05 she was employed at University Physical Therapy in Mitchell.

Christensen is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association and the South Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is also an instructor for the American Safety & Health Institute and American Red Cross in first aid, CPR, AED and professional rescuer skills.

Christensen and her husband, Charlie, live with their three children in White Lake.

Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education named Dakota Wesleyan University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For®” for 2014-2015. DWU won honors in three categories: facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.
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