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Meet our Team Members

Tash Weddle

President & CEO

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)

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Meet Tari, our Chief Development Officer at The New Beginnings Center. With a vibrant passion for health and fitness, Tari dedicates herself to transforming the lives of the women we serve.

Prior to her role here, Tari served as President and CEO at the Center for Nonprofit Management, where she played a pivotal role in strengthening Middle Tennessee's nonprofit sector. Her 12-year tenure at the Nashville Public Library Foundation saw her raising over $35 million, organizing premier philanthropic events, and spearheading impactful literacy campaigns.

Tari's commitment to community extends beyond her professional endeavors. She serves on the boards of TICUA and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, and was appointed to the Governor’s Statewide Economic Recovery Group.

Outside of work, Tari finds joy in intensive strength training, hiking, indulging in literature, exploring her artistic side through painting, and cherishing quality time with her family.

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Tari Hughes

Chief Development Officer

Tiffany Pierce

Programs Manager & Coach

Meet Tiffany, our Programs Manager at The New Beginnings Center. A lifelong devotee to fitness and nutrition, Tiffany's journey has been one of resilience and empowerment. From her days as an athlete to her diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in 2000, she embarked on a path of understanding and healing, leading her to delve into the realm of nutrition during her college years.

Her passion for holistic wellness further blossomed as she became a certified personal trainer, guiding others towards healthier lifestyles. Delving deeper into personal development, Tiffany explored neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), an endeavor that not only enriched her life but empowered her to assist others in profound ways.

What truly drives Tiffany is the opportunity to coach women, nurturing not just their bodies but their minds, drawing from her own journey of growth and self-discovery. Alongside two close friends, she co-founded a private training facility, embodying her commitment to empowering others through fitness.

Tiffany finds solace and joy in the great outdoors, whether she's strolling through nature, swimming in serene waters, or exploring new destinations. With a wealth of experience and an unwavering dedication to inspiring women, Tiffany is proud to bring her expertise and passion to The New Beginnings Center, enriching the lives of all those she encounters.

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Amber Wilson

Programs Associate & Coach

Meet Amber, Programs Associate and Coach at The New Beginnings Center.

Her strong sense of devotion to empowering young women was inspired from informal youth development programs she was part of as a young person.

Amber believes everything starts with how we feel about ourselves, that fitness should be fun, and that wellbeing includes wellness of the whole individual. 

Amber holds a CrossFit Kids certification, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine accredited Personal Trainer, and NASM-Performance Enhancement Specialist.


Rebecca Cashman


Meet Rebecca Cashman, a coach at The New Beginnings Center. Rebecca is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Barre Instructor hailing from Higganum, Connecticut.


Prior to joining The New Beginnings Center, Rebecca taught POP Pilates, group strength classes, barre, and beginner Pilates classes in the Greater Hartford area for two years. Rebecca attended Quinnipiac University where she studied journalism and political science.


For three years, Rebecca worked in a newsroom on the assignment desk before relocating to Tennessee and transitioning into a sales role. When not instructing, or trying to make a sale, Rebecca is an avid bird watcher and is always on a quest for delicious vegan food.


Lyria Estes


Meet Lyria, a coach at The New Beginnings Center.

Lyria  is a certified trainer, and corrective exercise specialist.

She spent years in the business sector, while training part-time. However, as the demand for her grew, she decided to focus on her calling in the wellness and fitness industry.


Her motivating, yet challenging, approach is invigorating. She continues to cultivate her skills through continuous education. She uses this education to implement various styles of training into her programs.

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