Board of Directors
Lake Geneva, WI
Johnny graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Secondary Education and the Humanities. He has owned a landscaping business for twenty five years.
Johnny’s Tai Chi journey began as a means to repair his knees at a Y-TCA class in 2008. He was certified in to teach TCA in 2011, and founded Tai Chi Lake Geneva in 2012. In addition to weekly classes at the Williams Bay Rec Department, he leads Tai Chi by Geneva Lake and volunteers at Make Arthritis Stop Hurting Youth Camp. Johnny is humbled and honored to serve as USTCC Board President.
Denise Murray, ST
Lake Orion, MI
Donnie Poling, ST
Donnie’s journey into tai chi began after a serious accident affected his balance. He had trained and practiced martial arts as a teen and throughout his military career, and thought tai chi may offer a solution when other forms of exercise had not.
After realizing his tai chi practice let him regain his balance, improved his range of motion, and reduced his arthritic joint pain, Donnie decided to become an instructor in 2015.Since then, Donnie has acquired many certifications to hone both technique and teaching skills.
Donnie has an active teaching schedule at local libraries and churches. He wants his classes to be safe and fun. He sincerely believes smiles and laughter are medication for not only the heart, but the body as well.
Donnie feels that it isn’t the learner who quickly reaches a goal that motivates him; it is those who struggle and take extra mentoring that do. Their success and the smiles that success brings is the ultimate payback.
St. Louis, MO
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Terry built her career in Telecommunications which presented diverse job opportunities from answering phones to repairing equipment and analyzing, designing, programming systems to auditing processes.
As the year 2010 ended, Terry retired to spend more time with her aging father. As the chaos of retirement settled down and routines resumed, she stumbled upon a Tai Chi for Arthritis class at the local health club. One class and she was hooked. The rest is history.
Terry began teaching the TCA program in 2011. She is a certified instructor and Senior Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Her class curriculum includes Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Yang 24 Forms & Sun 73 Forms.
Most of her participants enjoy Tai Chi with Terry through the local Senior Center and Community College. However, she has also held classes for the Veterans Administration Clinic in the Poly Trauma recovery program for Veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries with anger management and/or chronic pain concerns.
Outdoors is Terry’s favorite place to be. Spare time finds her gardening, photographing nature, sewing, and jigsaw puzzling.
Julie Oberhaus, MT
Nina graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and Human Services. She has been a TCHI instructor since 2014, and a TCHI Senior Trainer since 2018.
Nina is Community Outreach Coordinator for Healthy Acadia, a non-profit health coalition serving Downeast Maine. Motivated by the health benefits she realizes from regular tai chi practice and her passion to help others help themselves, she launched Healthy Acadia’s Tai Chi for Health program in 2014. To date, over 3,000 people have participated in the program’s free community classes. Nina is honored to be able to help build the tai chi for health community, and to serve as a newly elected board member of the USTCC.