Board of Directors
Lake Geneva, WI
Denise Murray, ST
Lake Orion, MI
Donnie Poling, ST
After realizing tai chi practice helped regain balance, improve range of motion, and reduce his arthritic pain, Donnie became an instructor in 2015. Since then, Donnie acquired several certifications to hone technique and teaching skills. Donnie reluctantly reduced his teaching schedule in 2020. Until he resumes a full class schedule, he continues to mentor other instructors. Donnie wants all classes to be safe and fun and he sincerely believes smiles and laughter are medication for not only the heart, but the body as well.
It isn’t necessarily the quick learner that motivates Donnie; it is those who struggle and take extra mentoring that do. Their hard earned success and the smiles that success brings is his ultimate payback.
St. Louis, MO
Lake Havasu City, AZ
She discovered tai chi and began teaching the Tai Chi for Arthritis program in 2011. She is a Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI) Certified Instructor and Senior Trainer.
Terry offers TCHI programs, Yang 24 and Sun 73 classes through her local Senior Center and Community College as well as online via Zoom. She has also volunteered with the Livermore, CA Veterans Administration in the Polytrauma recovery clinic to hold tai chi classes for Veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries often resulting in anger management and/or chronic pain issues.
As a California girl transplanted to Arizona, 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.