The United States Tai Chi Community Board of Directors is composed of volunteers who share a passion for supporting tai chi practitioners and instructors in the United States. New Board members are elected by the current Board to two year terms, and are eligible to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Board is responsible for realizing the four part mission of the USTCC, and engages in a diverse range of activities.
Board of Directors
PRESIDENT - LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN
Denise Murray, ST
Vice President, Scholarship Fundraising Chair - Lake Orion, Michigan
Secretary - St. Louis, Missouri
Patricia Gonzales, ST
Albany, New York
Julie Oberhaus, MT
Events Coordinator - Hudson, New Hampshire
Ron Pfeiffer, ST
Donnie Poling, ST
Johnny PackardPRESIDENT - LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN
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, STVice President, Scholarship Fundraising Chair - Lake Orion, Michigan
Denise is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Physiologist and Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. She discovered TCA through the Arthritis Foundation. Seeing how she and her class participants’ benefit from Dr. Lam’s TCH programs, she has been enthusiastically teaching Dr. Lam’s TCH programs since 2006 at community centers and hospital-based classes. Denise regularly presents TCH programs at various health related support groups, and AF, hospital, and corporate wellness events. She volunteers annually at AF’s Camp Dakota for children living with arthritis. In 2012, Denise attended Pat Weber’s, Sun 73 week-long workshop in Australia. In 2013, she traveled to China to attend Dr. Lam’s Sun 73 workshop. Denise enjoys meeting with TCH instructors in her area to practice Sun 73, TCH programs, and discuss what is working and not working in their classes. In addition she is a personal trainer and teaches functional fitness classes to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Sheila Bassoppo-MoyoSecretary - St. Louis, Missouri
Sheila has been a chair yoga instructor since 2008 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and later beginning in 2013 in St. Louis, MO. She started her tai chi journey in 2016 with instructor certification in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. She is currently the Healthcare Coordinator for the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging where some of her responsibilities include teaching free tai chi and chair yoga classes to seniors. Sheila is originally from St. Louis and has lived in Harare, Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1990. She has a doctorate degree in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Memphis and has taught graduate education courses to the United States military based in Okinawa and Seoul beginning in 2002 for 3 years where she also practiced yoga and witnessed the healing benefits of tai chi among the Okinawans who have the highest number of centenarians in the world.
Cynthia DelcourtFitchburg, Wisconsin
Cynthia started her tai chi journey over 30 years ago, learning the Yang 108 form in Portland, ME. After relocating to Madison, WI, she continued her practice and also started training in BaGua and Hsing I for five years. Life took different turns and she stopped her practice for 15 years until learning of Dr. Lam in 2014. Her love of Tai Chi was quickly rekindled and she hasn’t stopped since. She is certified in Tai Chi for Energy I and II, TCA and TCR. She currently teaches TCE I and II at two local YMCA locations.. Cynthia works full time at a Technical College in Janesville, WI teaching faculty how to design courses and implement educational technology in a virtual environment.
Patricia Gonzales, STLakeville, Minnesota
Trish has been a Tai Chi for Health instructor since 2003. She is a TCHI senior trainer and has served on the USTCC Scholarship Committee since 2015. Trish has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and is currently teaching nursing, tai chi, and health courses at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. In addition to her work at the college, she teaches tai chi to local senior groups in her community. Trish began her journey into the world of tai chi as a way to help her mother manage the pain of rheumatoid arthritis without increasing medications. It is the energy and beauty of tai chi along with the ease of movement, stress management, and relaxation that sustains her ongoing commitment to share the practice of tai chi with others.
Kate McKeeAlbany, New York
Kate holds an MS in Rehabilitation Psychology and a PhD in Counseling Psychology, and has taught both undergraduates and graduate students. Her career included directing a residential program for autistic adults, oversight work for the system of care for persons with developmental and psychiatric diagnoses in NYS, and serving as Director of Labor Relations & Training for NYS Parks. Semi-retired, Kate has expanded her tai chi related activities and teaches several weekly classes. She began her journey in search of a way to be physically active despite an aggressive onset of rheumatoid arthritis. She has been a student twelve years, and a Senior Trainer for two. Kate has been a member of the Scholarship Committee for two years, and will co-chair the Committee with MT Julie Oberhaus next year. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors with a special interest in finding ways for the USTCC to be a valuable resource for members.
Julie Oberhaus, MTEvents Coordinator - Hudson, New Hampshire
Julie graduated with honors from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Modern Dance Education and a minor in psychology. She has over 15 years experience teaching movement and over 10 years experience teaching tai chi. She is an active United States Tai Chi Community member and a Master Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Over the years she has been working to create a strong Tai Chi for Health family in her local and extended New England community while developing her own business, Dancing Crane Tai Chi. Julie enjoys sharing the wonderful benefits of tai chi with people of all ages in New England.
Ron Pfeiffer, STBurlington, Wisconsin
Ron is an American Tai Chi and Qigong Association Master Instructor, a TCHI ST, and Grandmaster 8th Degree Black Belt Instructor in Dragon Kenpo Karate. In 2006 after certifying in TCA, Ron added Tai Chi to his teachings at the local Y. Certified in most TCHI programs and having attended many week-long workshops and multiple Dr. Lam in-depth trainings in TCA, Chen, Yang and other forms Ron continues his study at every turn. Lessons are regularly held at Midwest Tai Chi in Burlington Wisconsin, at the Kenosha Senior Center, the local Moose Lodge and a community outreach through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha. Ron also specializes in one-on-one training through the internet and has a number of students that participate regularly with him despite the vast distances. All the benefits of Tai Chi and the people that are helped keep Ron striving to improve his teaching and his art.
Donnie Poling, STTucson, Arizona
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.
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