Privacy Policy

Who we are

Not-for-Profit Status

The United States Tai Chi Community, Inc. (USTCC) is a not-for-profit Connecticut corporation founded in August, 2002, with the mission to inform and educate people about the health benefits of tai chi and tai chi for health programs.

Our association is a tax exempt, qualified charitable organization under the requirements of Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). USTCC is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.

USTCC complies with IRS regulations for public inspection and disclosure of certain organization documents. Please direct your inquiries by mail to:

United States Tai Chi Community
c/o Kim Johnston 
301 NE Sherman Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021

Before adopting a name change in January, 2006, USTCC was formerly the Tai Chi for Arthritis Association, Inc.

For a general discussion of the federal income tax deduction for charitable contributions, see IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, at

USTCC’s Bylaws

Click here to view a copy of our organization’s bylaws (governing instrument), amended in August 2011.

USTCC Directors and Officers  

Click here to learn more about our board members.

Johnny Packard — President
Kim Johnston — Treasurer
Sheila Bassoppo-Moyo — Secretary
Cynthia Delcourt
Patricia Gonzales
Denise Murray
Julie Oberhaus
Ron Pfeiffer

USTCC Committees 

Communications Committee Scholarship Committee
Ron Pfeiffer — Chair
Marianne Walch — Website Administrator
Danniel Ward-Packard — Newsletter
Julie Oberhaus — Events Manager
Julie Oberhaus — Chair
Trish Gonzales
Debi Keen
Darci Alexander
Frances Preston
Kate McKee
Scholarship Fundraising Committee Marketing Committee
Denise Murray — Chair
Richard Link
Wendy Gibson
Sherry Fideler
Vacant — Chair
Denise Murray
Julie Oberhaus
Member Care Committee Research Committee
Terry Crews– Interim Chair Beverly Roberts — Chair
Roy Geib
Trish Gonzales
Helmut Hirsch
Elizabeth Rankin
Steve Walden

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

United States Tai Chi Community (USTCC) does not share or distribute member information to third parties obtained through membership application, membership participation, or by means of USTCC web site interaction, without the members’ consent.

Certain member data is shared with associated parties to USTCC’s programs so members can access USTCC benefits and discounts.

Members are responsible for safeguarding their login username and password, and their personal information that they post or share using the USTCC web site Forum, Blog or Event listing.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

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