Meet our Team Members
CEO of The New Beginnings Center, Tash holds the distinction of Master Strength Coach — the highest honor that can be achieved in the profession from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association. She has held the position of strength & conditioning coach at Vanderbilt University, Purdue University, Kent State University and The University of Tennessee. Tash has personally coached thousands of clients across a range of sports, ages and abilities and guided them all towards their full potential.
Tash is a dedicated advocate for women and their abilities to push beyond stereotypes, self-doubts and self-imposed limits. She knows that health and fitness can be the very foundation to new beginnings and life transformations.
CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA)
MSCC (Master Strength & Conditioning Coach, CSCCa)
SFL (Strong First Barbell Instructor)
SFB (Strong First Body Weight Instructor)
OS (Original Strength Instructor)
FMS Level 2 (Functional Movement Systems)
PN (Precision Nutrition)
Karen Gillingham is the Program Director for The New Beginnings Center has been a lifelong fitness enthusiast. Team sports, running, weight training and exercise classes ignited her passion for understanding how our bodies move and perform. She’s been an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2010 and owned a fitness studio in Dayton, Ohio for 5 years before relocating to Nashville. Karen is passionate about helping women establish and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. She loves to cook and experiment with new recipes. She loves being outdoors, hiking, walking her dogs and being in or on the water when the weather is warm! In Karen’s pre-coaching life, she worked in development for an education foundation. She is excited to bring her former work experience and love of helping women become the best versions of themselves to New Beginnings!
Tara Carmichael is a Certified Personal Trainer and Holistic Life Coach, specializing in Wellness & Fitness. She has a passion for helping others reach their personal fitness goals through education and guidance while focusing on nutrition, wellness, and encouraging an active lifestyle. Tara has a well-rounded career background that includes banking, sales, marketing and education. She has earned a B.S. in Educational Child Psychology from University of Memphis and a M.S. in Professional School Counseling from Tennessee State University. Tara received her certification as a Holistic Coach from Radiant Health Institute and her Personal Training certification through NSCA. Working for The New Beginnings Center has given her an opportunity to combine all her skills and passion for helping others into one career. She believes that new beginnings start with the mind first. Once the mind is ready and is focused, the spirit and body will follow.
Vanessa is a certified personal trainer, fitness coach, yoga instructor, and CrossFit Level 2 trainer. She exited a 19-year career in finance in 2012 after discovering a passion for helping people, both physically and mentally, through fitness. She now owns her own business, Body Balance with V, and works with people of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels.
Vanessa began her own journey in fitness at the age of 35 after being overweight and struggling with low self-esteem for most of her life. Raising a son on her own and fighting to keep him free from the health and weight issues she overcame, Vanessa is passionate about helping others discover their true self-worth and live a confident, healthy life.
Because she loves a good challenge, Vanessa has competed in local figure class competitions, CrossFit competitions, various 5k, 10k, trail and mud runs, as well as powerlifting competition. Last year she completed her third ½ marathon and continues to set new goals for herself. Trying new things and consistently putting aside her own fears inspires her to help others do the same.
Vanessa believes that we are all better together and feels extremely blessed to work with the New Beginnings Center helping women make positive changes in their life from the inside out.
As a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, marathon finisher, powerlifter, and former medical professional, Melinda is most passionate about using sustainable health and wellness training to increase productivity, energy, and confidence. She is excited about helping clients achieve their goals holistically, with a special interest in creating healthy nutrition and mental health habits to support overall fitness. She is also a NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist with training in perinatal fitness, and cares about helping women feel fully and truthfully represented in their bodies at all ages and abilities.
Kristin is a women's health coach who has been working with New Beginnings clients since April 2019. She is passionate about helping women of all ages and fitness backgrounds reach their health and wellness goals and she seeks to empower women on their personal journeys toward a healthier, more balanced and vibrant lifestyle. Kristin works with her clients to adopt positive habits and strategies that can be sustainably maintained over time, and she strives to make holistic wellness, proper nutrition, and fitness accessible, understandable, and less intimidating to the clients she serves -- especially for those who are just starting out.
Kristin has completed level one calisthenics training through the World Calisthenics Organization, level one Zumba dance fitness instructor training, and is a Metabolic Effect certified nutrition consultant. She is currently finishing her personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise.
Prior to moving to Nashville, she lived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she co-founded a community-based women's health initiative called theADmovement. This initiative brought together Abu Dhabi's women of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds, and fitness levels through specially curated ladies-only health and wellness programs at venues across the city. She has organized events ranging in size from 20 to 350+ participants and which have included a dance fitness party, a 5k/10k sunset run in the desert, a cardio boxing session tied to breast cancer awareness, and a movement and nutrition education series called Fit & Flourish.
JanieLynn is the Director of Development for The New Beginnings Center. As a lifelong Nashville resident, JanieLynn grew up on a farm caring for animals, hiking in the woods, and volunteering with her local church community.
JanieLynn has a Master's Degree in Social Work and Organizational Leadership from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Lipscomb University. With field experience in community development, best-practice research, and strengths-based communication practices, JanieLynn brings a deep love for the Nashville community as well as a dedication to women's health. After working at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Nashville as a social worker, JanieLynn went on to work in the Communications Department of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee to advocate for pretrial bail reform in rural communities across the state, lower sentencing guidelines for juveniles, and equal rights for all Tennesseans.
JanieLynn loves meeting new people, establishing sustainable partnerships, and advancing holistic health practices for women and families. You can find her cooking new recipes, backpacking, vintage shopping and volunteering with local animal shelters. With deep community ties across the state, JanieLynn is excited to bring her love of individuals and communities to the New Beginnings team!