People

Board of Directors

John Szostek, President

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I reside in Chicago and am in a long-term couple with Jan Szostek. We have a twenty-five year old daughter, Anna, who attended Tai Chi Camps at Bennington and Perch Lake beginning at age 3. I began studying Tai Chi in 1975 and am now at 8th Level. I am currently working on a project ... Read More →


Bernie Dushman, Vice President

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I began my Tai Chi study at our New York location in 2002. Perhaps I was looking for some stability after 9/11 or perhaps, as I have told our beginning students, I was simply trying to satisfy a lifelong goal of learning to stand on one foot. In any case, I found much more. I ... Read More →


Steve Shulman, Treasurer

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After coming to New York City in 1974 to attend Manhattan School of Music, I’ve been a professional musician in the area since then. I’ve performed in many styles of music, from symphony orchestras to brass quintets, Broadway musicals, dance bands and everything in between. I’ve been fortunate to tour across the U.S. and in ... Read More →


Roberta Walcutt, Corresponding Secretary

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I first studied Tai Chi in 1971 in Oakland, California- it was the beginning of an ongoing passion of my life. I took my first Arica training in 1973 in Boston. I began studying with Patrick Watson in Boston in 1975 and have continued to study, apprentice teach and affiliate with the various manifestations of ... Read More →


Kate Mansfield

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I’ve been a student with the London and St. Albans schools since 1999, and an apprentice since 2003. I am currently teaching regularly in St. Albans, and in London and Gö?tzens several times a year. Also I run the shop at the European summer trainings, selling books, shoes, T-shirts, etc. This year I plan to ... Read More →


Margaret Matsumoto, Legacy Holder Representative

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Margaret Matsumoto has dedicated her adult life to the teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, emphasizing the spiritual beauty of the art and its relevance to harmonious every day life. She joins the school’s many other teachers in a shared commitment to safeguard and transmit the essence of the teachings passed by founding teacher Patrick Watson, ... Read More →


Birgitt Krause

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I was born in Germany in 1949 and I received an MA as a translator for German, English and Spanish followed by an MA in Adult Education. I moved to the US in 1984 to be with Alan and we have been a couple since then. My journey with Tai Chi and Arica began in ... Read More →


Legacy Holders

Pat Gorman

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Pat Gorman, Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac., has studied and taught Five Element Acupuncture and T’ai Chi for most of her life. She began her T’ai Chi studies at Chinese Medical Doctor and T’ai Chi Master Professor Cheng Man Ching’s Shr Jung studio, with Patrick Watson in 1973; She graduated from Tai Sophia in 1983, and ... Read More →


Margaret Olmsted

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Margaret Olmsted has been with the School of T’ai Chi Chuan/T’ai Chi Foundation since 1976. She started studying with Patrick Watson in New York City, and under his guidance became an apprentice teacher and then, over the years, a senior teacher. She has taught at trainings both in the United States and Europe, teaching the ... Read More →


Gerri Sporken

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In 1976 I got acquainted with T’ai Chi. I immediately got enthusiastic and still am. For years Patrick Watson was my teacher. He was one the senior students of Prof. Cheng Man-ch’ing, master in the five excellences. I have been teaching in cooperation with the School of T’ai Chi Chuan, currently T’ai Chi Foundation, since 1977 not ... Read More →


Sherry Kent

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Legacy Holder & Senior Teacher: I started studying T’ai Chi with Patrick Watson in 1975 in Boston and New York City.  I still remember the moment that Patrick offered to train me as a T’ai Chi teacher!  Over the years he guided me towards becoming an experienced instructor specialized in seeing what is needed next in ... Read More →


Margaret Matsumoto, Legacy Holder Representative

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Margaret Matsumoto has dedicated her adult life to the teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, emphasizing the spiritual beauty of the art and its relevance to harmonious every day life. She joins the school’s many other teachers in a shared commitment to safeguard and transmit the essence of the teachings passed by founding teacher Patrick Watson, ... Read More →


Greg Woodson

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Greg has been a senior faculty member for the T’ai Chi Foundation/School of T’ai Chi Chuan since the late 1980’s offering seminars, training workshops and group trainings with other participating teachers throughout the t’ai chi community in the US, Europe and Latin America. 

Greg began his study of the martial arts in 1969 and has ... Read More →


Past Board Members

Hal Caswell

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I would not have expected, way back then, to enjoy practicing, and certainly not to teach, tai chi. It is a credit to this school that I can, and do. I came up on tai chi at about the same time I was completing my Ph.D. If you have ever done that, or known anyone ... Read More →


Antonia Hendriks

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Currently working as a Cranio-Sacral therapist, I have worked in many different fields from health care to a more commercial role at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. I have extensive experience as a secretary, organizer, personal assistant and manager. I started my Tai chi study in Amsterdam around 1980 and did my first B1 apprenticeship in New ... Read More →


Roger Noon

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I am 43, married to Sue with two kids, Ali (6) and Emma (8). We’re happily settled in St Albans, just north of London. I have been a student of Tai Chi since 1996, finding the School in St Albans in 2000. I have been an apprentice teacher for 3 years. Professionally, I have a ... Read More →


Peter Schwartz

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Peter Schwartz is a marketing consultant and copywriter and has been studying t’ai chi chuan since 1982 and teaching since the early 1990s. This is his second stint as a member of the Board of Directors of The Tai Chi Foundation.


Greg Woodson

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Greg has been a senior faculty member for the T’ai Chi Foundation/School of T’ai Chi Chuan since the late 1980’s offering seminars, training workshops and group trainings with other participating teachers throughout the t’ai chi community in the US, Europe and Latin America. 

Greg began his study of the martial arts in 1969 and has ... Read More →


Staff

Penny Harrison

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Penny has more than 25 years in nonprofit management. She founded and directed a national nonprofit education organization for 18 years and has consulted for more than a dozen groups. As a fund raiser, Penny has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her speciality is in start-up, capacity-building and managing small associations. Penny has produced ... Read More →