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.
Kate (Weezy) Shumaker
Weezy is an Ohio State grad who moved to Nashville in April 2014 with her husband, Ted. She has worked in fitness full-time since February 2016, teaching everything from competitive CrossFit classes to prenatal yoga and lots in-between. Weezy has gone through training in prenatal fitness, rowing and prenatal yoga; she holds certifications in nutrition (PN-1), CrossFit (CF-L1), and Olympic weightlifting (USAW-L1). She joined the New Beginnings team in 2018, and loves telling stories to help people grasp complex concepts. Weezy also teaches group classes at Praxis Strength in the Buchanan Arts District and Row House in Cool Springs. When she’s not at a gym, Weezy loves to cook, write poetry, spend time outside, watch movies, and hang out with her son Walt (born at St. Thomas Midtown in August 2019).
Catie started dancing ballet at a very young age, played basketball as a teenager and fell in love with working out in college, where she put her two passions together, movement and people. These passions led her to gain her B.S. in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University in Georgia and become a Licensed Massage Therapist. Catie’s goal for clients at TNB-Fitness is to help them feel and function their best and strive for progress over perfection every day.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
Balanced Body Pilates Mat 1 Certification