Meghan Bryant from Palmyra, VA, graduated from Radford University with a BA in Fine Arts and a post-graduate Certification for Art Education. Meghan taught art in five schools in Pulaski Co and two schools in Prince William Co in VA, created an after- school program for a community in which elementary schools were no longer teaching art, and founded an Arts Council in Bedford, VA. Additionally, she connected with a pediatric group, learned Montessori techniques, and supported a therapy team as a speech assistant and, later, as a rehab technician. She worked for 15+ yrs with Genesis Rehab at several retirement communities and nursing homes, where, in addition to physical therapy and balance classes, she introduced her love of Tai Chi. A Master Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Meghan enjoys sharing her knowledge and creative spirit during instructor and depth workshops. http://www.meghanecreations.com
Deirdre Dwyer, from Jacksonville, FL, was introduced to Tai Chi in 1992 during a 6- week trip to China. Hooked from the beginning, she continued to practice and study, most notably in Shanghai where she lived for 5 years, coming second place in a Shanghai competition for the Yang 24 form. Since 2011, Deirdre has been teaching K-12 school students and adults in the Jacksonville, FL area. After 11 years working in China and studying the Chinese language and seeing significant differences between these two worldviews (eastern and western), she is able to assist her students in understanding and appreciating these differences
Sharon Fultz from Punta Gorda, Florida, has 25 years experience in the martial arts universe—beginning with the external art form of Tae Kwon Do before moving then into Yang-style taijiquan. She has studied Yang 24, 37, 108 and sword forms as well as Wu, Sun, Chen, Bagua, Xingyi, tai chi fan and Wu sabre form. Sharon studied Mindful Based Stress Reduction, based on the work of Jon Kabat Zin, and now teaches the four body postures of Mindful Awareness. Since 1999, she has been teaching Yang 24, as well as Tai Chi for Arthritis and the other health programs created by Dr. Paul Lam. In 2015, Sharon was certified as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Alliance teacher. Subsequently, she uses yoga as a complementary study to her first love—Tai Chi—in both her own practice as well as when working with clients.
M. King Goslin, currently from North Carolina, has taught tai chi and qigong in Western North Carolina since 2010, and music (from PA to HI) since 1970. She is a full time professional musician, teacher, composer, arranger, and conductor—as well as a Tai Chi student, instructor, and player. Currently offering classes through the YMCA, the YWCA, and the North Carolina Arboretum, she continues to delight in learning,
teaching, and sharing her discoveries. King plays over 30 instruments, has several recordings, and has performed regularly at Biltmore Estate since 2002—primarily as a finger style guitarist. A recording of her solo guitar work is due to be released in the next several months. Her work with Tai Chi has had a profound influence on her musicianship and vice versa. http://graciouslightmusic.com
Marsha Green, from Pawleys Island, SC, a certified Tai Chi for Health Institute instructor comes from a teaching (French and Spanish), Tour Directing and Expedition Ship Cruise Director background. When introduced to the Taoist 108 forms, it was love at first sight. She immediately recognized the amazing magic and power of Tai Chi and realized it was something she must have, make part of her life, and share through teaching. Within two years her passion led her to certification in Tai Chi for Arthritis, and then Tai Chi for Energy and Rehabilitation as well as the Yang 24 forms all of which she teaches at her local Recreation Center.
Dan Jones, from Holt, MI, has over 40 years experience as a martial arts practitioner including 30 years of Tai Chi Chuan and Won Chuen temple boxing and 12 years of combined experience in Japanese Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Shorin Ryu Karate. Dan is a certified police officer and security professional with over 32 years combined experience in law enforcement, hostage negotiations, personal protection and security management. Founder of Moving Stillness and Master Trainer (retired) with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Dan is also a trained Healing Foods Culinary Instructor, Food and Wellness Educator and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. In this capacity, he is the owner and founder of Balance and Harmony, a business that promotes healing and holistic health through food and wellness education and cooking classes. By combining his education and talents, he has developed a wellness program with a three phase approach to healing: food and wellness education, Tai Chi/Qigong, and health coaching services for support and motivation. https://www.movingstillnesshealingarts.com
Maureen Miller, from St. Marys, GA, has 20+ years experience practicing, teaching, and writing about Tai Chi. She found her early instructors in her workplace and, at the same time, realized that Tai Chi was more than just an exercise, but a way of life. Maureen’s 30 years of “real jobs” in computer technology, conferences services, teaching (both children and adults) have provided a strong background for her goal of introducing others to Tai Chi through classes, workshops, and being a founder of the Learning With the Principles Retreat. Maureen is the sole proprietor of Camden Tai Chi, a Master Trainer (retired) with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, and a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Maureen writes articles and poetry extensively and collaborated for two years with Dr. Paul Lam to produce his revised book Teaching Tai Chi Effectively. https://camdentaichi.com
Sheri Nicholson from Jacksonville, FL, is a licensed posture alignment specialist and personal trainer with over 17 years of experience. She creates programs to improve posture and enhance a healthy lifestyle through structured exercise and nutritional guidance. Sheri began studying Tai Chi seven years ago. Upon finding how well this ancient art fits in the holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, she began adding Tai Chi movements and principles into her daily client sessions. Her clients love it, making Sheri determined to continue practicing and teaching Tai Chi for the rest of her life. https://sherinicholson.com
Michael L. Poole from Staten Island, NY, holds a second degree black belt rank in Okinawan karate, a first degree black belt in Okinawan Kobudo (weapons), and a assistant instructor certification in Beisho karate. He studies and teaches Tai Chi, Qigong, and Hung Gar and is a Senior Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Michael was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2004 and currently serves as the Intentional Interim Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church Islip Terrace (Long Island), NY. Michael is a retired police officer, serving ten years in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer and a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Specialist. He holds a Basic Police Chaplain certification through the International Conference of Police Chaplains and a Certificate of Specialized Training for Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention. He is the author of Gospel for the Law: A Daily Devotional for Law Enforcement (2005); the co-founder of “Potlucks to End World Hunger”; founder of “Kilts 4 Kause”, a program for testicular, prostate, and colo-rectal cancer awareness; and the co-founder and developer of the intentional missional ministry, Earth And Cup, Inc., a transformational approach to life that centers around movement, meditation and holistic living. Michael serves as a Ready NY Emergency Preparedness Trainer for NYC Emergency Management. In his spare time, Michael plays the bagpipes with the Richmond County Pipes & Drums. http://earthandcup.com
Debra Schumacher, from Leesburg, FL. Deb was introduced to Tai Chi at an in-patient program for chronic pain management. After a dozen years of practice and play, she was persuaded to become a teacher. While teaching at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Pathways Minneapolis, and nursing homes Deb developed adaptive techniques for people with differing abilities. Ten years ago, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Chronic Disseminated Lyme Disease. Needing to reduce the stress. she left her paralegal career to concentrate on teaching qigong, taijiquan, and meditation. Deb holds a degree in Integrative Health and Healing and is certified in several energy
healing techniques, including Healing Touch, Medical Qigong, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Now retired, she still teaches, but also enjoys the many opportunities her community offers, including serving on the boards of the Alternative Health Group and her synagogue; being a founding member of the Meditation Club and two musical bands; participating in two ukulele clubs and singing with the Chorus; learning clogging, hula, and line dancing. Additionally, Deb enjoys acting, water activities, book clubs, bocce, and sleeping-in whenever she chooses.
Betty Scanlon, from Fort Myers, FL, has been a nurse for over 40 years and a Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years. She retired from the US Air Force after serving at several US and overseas bases, as well as a deployment to the Middle East in response to a Naval incident prior to the Gulf War. She has a Master’s Degree in Community Service and has been educating nurses for over 20 years. Betty is proprietor of Tai Chi for Better Health, a Master Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, and an active member of the Tai Chi for Health Community. She has been practicing and teaching tai chi for over 15 years and conducts regular workshops and classes with her trademark humor. TaiChiForBetterHealth.com
Mearl Thompson, from Denver, CO, has been practicing tai chi for 30+ years and martial arts for 40 years. He is the founder of the Ancient Harmony Tai Chi Chuan School in Denver, CO, and a Master Trainer (retired) with the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Mearl studied Tai Chi under Sifu Kay Kutch of the Tong Family lineage, Kung Fu San Soo with Master Bob Newmann and Indonesian Silat Serak with Maha Guru Victor de Thouars. In 1997, he became a Second-Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu San Soo. In 1994, he opened a Kung Fu San Soo school in St. Louis, MO. He continues his study of tui shou with Master Aaron Chih of Taiwan of Cheng Man Ching lineage, Sifu Mark Rasmus, his first teacher, Kay Kutch, and Master Chen Zhonghua. Mearl conducts workshops including: Depth of Yang 24 Forms, Sun 73 Competition Form, martial applications in the Yang Form, push-hands, self-defense for women, 42 Competition Sword Form, and The Five Animal Frolics. https://www.ancientharmonytaichi.com
Dr. Sharyl Truty, from Jacksonville, FL, has been engaged in family medicine, sports medicine and orthopedics for over ten years in many different capacities. She graduated from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine, IL, completed the Phoebe Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Georgia, and trained in acupuncture through the UCLA-Helms Acupuncture certification for physicians. She was primary care team physician for the Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer team in 2009-2010 and has covered the Chicago Marathon yearly for the past 15 years. Dr. Truty recently completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine training program. She is Board Certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Prior to starting Balanced Physician Care, P.A. in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Truty served as faculty at the St Joseph- Presence Family Practice Residency program in Chicago, IL. https://balancedphysiciancare.com
Nancy Tuccillo, from The Villages, FL, a retired Dental Hygienist (35 years experience) has been teaching Tai Chi since 2009. Nancy is a certified instructor with the Tai Chi for Health Institute and holds Integrative Yoga Therapy and Yoga Alliance credentials. Nancy was sole proprietor of Camden Yoga & Wellness from 2007- 2014 where she taught both yoga and Tai Chi and currently teaches Tai Chi for The Villages Recreation Department. Nancy has an avid martial arts background having completed her 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1973. She has studied various styles of tai chi and qigong and continues her study of Shibashi with Sifu Wing Cheung and Silk Reeling with Sifu Dan Jones III. Nancy places emphasis on wellness, safety and balance in her practices.