The New Beginnings Center
509 Craighead Street
Nashville TN 37204
Mission Statement

The New Beginnings Center's programs are designed to improve the health, strength and wellness of women regardless of their ability to pay. Provided at no cost to scholarship clients, our programs are targeted to achieve measurable results and our holistic approach empowers clients to take personal responsibility for their own wellness - strengthening their body, mind and spirit.

To improve Tennessee health statistics with a targeted focus on women's health needs. By providing access to wellness programs, strength training, physical and nutritional education and personal coaching, New Beginnings gives qualified low-income women the tangible skills, training and empowerment needed to assist them in improving their health, futures, capabilities and quality of life.
To help women discover the strength in themselves, inside and out, to become the healthiest they can be through individualized world class coaching in fitness, nutrition and behavior change. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Natasha Weddle
Co-CEO/Executive Director Natasha Weddle
Board Chair Lillian Gilmer
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $450,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $450,000.00 (2018)

The New Beginnings Center's programs are designed to improve the health, strength and wellness of women regardless of their ability to pay. Provided at no cost to scholarship clients, our programs are targeted to achieve measurable results and our holistic approach empowers clients to take personal responsibility for their own wellness - strengthening their body, mind and spirit.

To improve Tennessee health statistics with a targeted focus on women's health needs. By providing access to wellness programs, strength training, physical and nutritional education and personal coaching, New Beginnings gives qualified low-income women the tangible skills, training and empowerment needed to assist them in improving their health, futures, capabilities and quality of life.
To help women discover the strength in themselves, inside and out, to become the healthiest they can be through individualized world class coaching in fitness, nutrition and behavior change. 

Nashville was ranked 5th unhealthiest city by in 2014. To achieve sustainable wellness in this at-risk population requires focused training and attention that not only shows how to develop wellness as a part of your life, but also helps each individual understand why they need to have wellness as a personal goal. 

TN is one of three states where obesity increased last year according to a 2015 article in the Tennessean. The rate of obesity has increased 214% since World War II. By one estimate, the health care costs of obesity are responsible for nearly 21 percent of total health care spending in the U.S. (Cawley J, Meyerhoefer J Health Econ. 2012; 31:219-30.) Researchers estimate that by 2030, if obesity trends continue, obesity-related medical costs alone could rise by $48 to $66 billion a year in the U.S. (Wang CY, McPherson K, Marsh T, Gortmaker S, Brown M. Health and the UK. Lancet. 2011; 378:81525.). These statistics are even worse in the low-income population. TN is one of the top 10 poorest and fattest states. (U.S Census Bureau and the State of Obesity)..Experts including the Center for Disease Control, the Trust for America’s Health, the Tennessee Department of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reveal dire statistics indicating that over 60% of adults in TN are overweight or obese and that there is a direct correlation between obesity and low-income. Medical costs associated with obesity in the U.S.are estimated to be between $147 to $210 billion per year. TNBC leadership brings 21 years of expertise in providing proven training techniques and education for over 1,000 women clients to improve fitness, nutrition and health. Under the direction of Natasha Weddle, women gain new skills, overcome physical limits and are empowered. TNBC's unique programs bring a level of experience and record of success to a broad segment of our community that has no access to these types of professional strength training and education programs. Our programs provide a holistic approach to building individual wellness from the inside out. They involve strength and nutritional education and training, goal setting and planning, development of emotional intelligence and ability to overcome adversity, understanding how physical fitness can lead to empowerment and confidence and development of leadership skills. Clients are approved for selection after qualification regarding income level, demonstration of need for services and willingness to partner with TNBC.
       The New Beginnings Center was incorporated as a non-profit organization 6/21/2011.  The agency received its non-profit determination letter from the IRS on 11/20/2011. 
         Our agency has secured funding from over 14 foundations, 12 corporations and hundreds of individuals and will continue to grow our donor base by demonstrating sustainable results through our clients. The women we have served  have achieved an average 7% reduction in body weight and are sustaining results. We have clients that are off blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol medications. We have women that have never before used the YMCA, greenways or walked a 5K who are now participating in these activities and getting their family and friends involved.
It is our current year goal to serve 400+ scholarship clients with our wellness programs in 2017.  We will continue to expand our coaching staff to meet the growing need  for our services. 
        We currently have a waiting list of clients who have applied and are ready to partner with the agency to gain the knowledge and tools needed to reach their wellness goals.  The agency is working with other non-profit organizations to develop programs to reach the thousands of low-income and senior women with programs that deliver improved overall health results.   
Sponsorship Funding for Low Income and Elderly Clients -$300,000
General Operating Funding - $85,000
Marketing and Public Outreach - $15,000
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
 To Donate Cash: You can mail a check to The New Beginnings Center, 509 Craighead Street, Suite 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37204.
To Donate via credit or debit card use our website "Donate Now" button at
We accept In-kind Donations and will be happy to arrange to accept these donations.  Please call us at 615-946-1305
We have multiple volunteer opportunities.  If interested please call us at 946-1305.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Senior Centers/Services
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building /
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Leadership Development
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Board Chair Statement

Our goal is to serve 400+ women per year successfully and to reduce the cost of publically funded medical costs by $1 million per year. The programs are provided at no cost to scholarship clients and are individualized, holistic, and targeted to achieve measurable results and to empower the client to take responsibility for their own wellness.

We plan to expand our partnerships and client base to reach more of the targeted low-income/elderly client base and to evaluate growth into other segments of the community that may be in need of this service if funding is available including but not limited to young women low-income athletes, elderly and low-income men, etc.

 As our client, partnership and donor base has grown, we are now able to offer satellite programs at St. Luke's Community House and Martha O'Bryan Center. We plan to continue to grow our satellite programs to include 2-4 additional locations. 
We plan on serving 400+ clients per year by 2017.
CEO Statement New Beginnings offers graduated levels of strength training and conditioning programs tailored to client’s specific ability and needs. The programs begin at a basic/novice level and advance to intermediate and advanced levels. Each level consists of two to three days per week of training and lasts three months. A client must complete an entire training level and pass respective tests in order to graduate and advance to the next level. It may be necessary for a client to repeat the same level more than once to ensure that their body has made the appropriate adaptations in order for them to safely advance.

Before beginning a training program clients are tested for functional movement ability, muscular strength and endurance and cardiovascular endurance. They must also provide a doctors release saying it is safe for them to begin an exercise program and listing any contraindications necessary. These tests will be used to determine the appropriate level at which each client should begin. The results will also be used to determine the specific exercises to be prescribed to address each individual’s weakness, imbalances or asymmetries.

Clients train in small groups and are coached by a certified strength and conditioning specialists who have been thoroughly trained in the New Beginnings training philosophy and protocols. Measurements and surveys of results are taken regularly throughout the 12 month long program and are monitored and evaluated by trainers.

New Beginnings offers programs specifically designed for senior clients and those with physical disabilities as well. We will always strive to meet the needs of our clients and find a way around any obstacle in order to offer each and every individual in our care the opportunity to fulfill their physical, mental and spiritual goals.
 All programs offered at New Beginnings are designed to not only improve each client’s physical health and daily performance, but also to reveal to each individual their inner strength. We strive to build authentic self-confidence and empower each individual to take responsibility and initiative for their own personal growth and apply this new awareness to their daily life and pay it forward.

Physical Training Program Goals:


•  provide systematically designed strength and conditioning programs based on the most current research.

•  design programs customized for each trainee’s current ability and needs.

•  create progression protocols which allow each client to advance their training in a safe and effective manner.

•  establish testing procedures which determine the appropriate time for each client to advance the difficulty of their training.

•  provide superb coaching and feedback throughout every workout

•  measure and track each individual client’s success in all areas of fitness

•  educate clients on the why’s and how’s of training so that we are empowering them rather than enabling them.

Budget 300,000
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Nutritional Program Goals:


•  provide each client with information that will allow them to make the best nutritional choices possible within their life situation.

•  educate on sound principles versus common myths regarding diet and weight loss and explain the whys and hows.

•  monitor client adherence to their specific nutritional program and provide consistent feedback for improvement.

Budget 100,000
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Self Actualization Program Goals:


•  help clients establish meaning and purpose in their daily lives.

•  give clients a new paradigm from which they can begin to view their life.

•  teach specific principles to be practiced and lived by daily.

•  provide a setting in which people can learn from each other’s experiences and help in their own and each others personal growth.
* provide tools with which clients can develop life plans and set goals for improving their overall wellness




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CEO Comments
The challenges facing this organization is the perception that all a client has to do to improve their health is to eat less and move more.  So this should be easy.  The fact is that without the knowledge of and coaching necessary to change unhealthy behaviors, good intentions often fail.  People hurt themselves by working out without the knowledge of the proper form and understanding of their current mobility issues.  People diet without changing underlying habits, which is why diets fail 97% of the time. Lasting change can only happen when thought patterns change and poor lifestyle habits are replaced with healthy habits. 
Tennessee currently spends billions of dollars to fight diseases related to obesity, but little to prevent and stop obesity.  The New Beginnings Center is offering a new way to prevent and stop behaviors that lead to obesity and the related diseases.
Tennessee ranks 39th (close to the bottom) in wellness and it costs our state $2.81billion dollars per year in obesity health related expenditures, an 80% increase since 2008. If the current trends continue by 2018 the annual cost of Obesity in Tennessee will grow to $7 billion dollars.
There is a indirect correlation between income and poor health.  The New Beginnings Center currently needs the funding to meet our initial budget goals so that we can begin to serve the hundreds of low and fixed income clients in need of affordable wellness programs that will deliver results. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Lillian Gilmer
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Raquel Beck Pinnacle Financial PartnersVoting
Nancy Benskin Pinnacle Financial PartnersVoting
Amber Brewer HCAVoting
Hart Casey CABLEVoting
Karen Clark First BankVoting
Libby Dorris Community VolunteerVoting
Melinda Drennan Drennan & Associates PLLCVoting
Lilian Gilmer Reno & Cavanaugh PLLCVoting
Jennie Hanson HCAVoting
Lisa Henderson Synchronous Health Inc.Voting
Dr. Theresa Herman St. ThomasVoting
Lauren Jacques Bradley Arant Boult CummingsVoting
Dr. Sharon Piper Retired MDVoting
Elizabeth Schatzlein Community VolunteerVoting
Lana Suiter Berkshire HathawayVoting
Michelle Weatherspoon PjyDataVoting
Natasha Weddle Vanderbilt UniversityNonVoting
Elizabeth Williams Community VolunteerVoting
Cathy Wind First TennesseeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 19
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Blanket Personal Property
Additional Board Members
Sue Chilton Zeitlin Realtors
Rebecca Climer St. Thomas Health
Dr. Leah Cordovez St. Thomas Health
Robin Dunlap
Judy Raines
CEO Comments
The New Beginnings Center is currently recruiting additional board and committee members who are dedicated to helping improve Tennessee's wellness statistics. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Natasha Weddle
Term Start June 2011

About Natasha Weddle

President and CEO, The New Beginnings Center


“A woman who’s strong and fit physically is a woman who is empowered. Whatever her challenges, whatever her obstacles, whatever her setbacks, she can and will thrive because she’s overcome physical limits.

We want to give every motivated woman a chance to experience that success—no matter her age, her background or her income.”

With 20 years of expertise in providing training and education to improve fitness, nutrition and health, Natasha Weddle will lead New Beginnings in helping women gain new skills and new confidence as they gain new strength.

Weddle is a Master Strength Coach, the highest distinction in the profession of strength and conditioning from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. She has personally coached over 1000 athletes and general population clients across a range of sports, age and ability and has guided them all in achieving new levels of fitness.

She is a dedicated advocate for women and their abilities to push beyond stereotypes, self-doubts and self-imposed limits — and knows health and fitness can be foundations to these new beginnings and life transformations.


Master Strength Coach -Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association

Certified Strength and Coaching Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association

Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association

Kettlebell Instructor (Strong First)

Barbell Instructor (Strong First)
Body weight Instructor (Strong First)
Functional Movement Specialist (FMS)
Nutrition Coach (Precision Nutrition) 


20 years of collegiate strength and conditioning coaching experience with over 600 athletes and 16 different sports. 

1996-1998 University of Tennessee

1998-2000 Kent State University

2000-2005 Purdue University

2005-2012 Vanderbilt University



Co-CEO Natasha Weddle
Term Start July 2011
Experience Tash Weddle co-founded New Beginnings in 2011. She has taken New Beginning's from a budget of $27,000 to $350,000 in four years and from serving four women in 2012 to over 300 in 2015. Tash has over 20 years of experience in the field of strength and conditioning and has a proven track record of achieving outstanding results for clients on The New Beginnings Center. 
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 80
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Apr 2016
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
CEO Comments 2015 s   

Natasha D. Weddle

June 26, 2013

My work as a strength and fitness coach has consisted of leading, inspiring and empowering women from all walks of life to strive and reach their highest potential in sport, fitness, health and life. For the past 18 years I have worked at the collegiate level training athletes in their pursuit of success in their chosen sport. I have contributed to three Division I National Championships, numerous conference championships, and NCAA appearances. I have also achieved recognition as Master Strength and Conditioning Coach from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association. This title recognizes the best coaches in the field of strength and conditioning.


Early in my career I realized that without authentic self-confidence, no amount of talent, training or hard work would be enough to guarantee success or personal satisfaction. I set out to find a way to teach young women to possess confidence, courage and resilience not only in sport, but in life. The result of addressing this challenge has been an expansion of my coaching repertoire by learning skills above and beyond those concerning physical training. I began utilizing concepts of self-actualization in my coaching to reach young women at a deeper level, placing particular focus on changing thought patterns that lead to shifts in self-perception and revealing one’s authentic self. The results of this program have been nothing short of amazing. 


Recently I initiated the startup and development of a non-profit organization, The New Beginnings Center, where I utilize my skills to empower women from low-income areas. In essence the mission of New Beginnings is two-fold: To proactively address the obesity crisis that faces America, specifically in the low-income population, by first addressing the thought patterns by which it was created. At New Beginnings we use the arena of strength training, fitness and nutrition as a platform for weaving in concepts of self-actualization. This inside-out approach results in an increased level of awareness, self-acceptance and confidence. This in turn creates the adoption of positive lifestyle behaviors such as improved eating habits, exercise and self-nurturing activities, which can then be measured concretely in decreased body weight, BMI, blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, and other key health measures.


New Beginnings opened a physical fitness center in Nashville, TN in summer of 2013. This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to offering individualized coaching for low-income/fixed-income women. Each woman we serve receives a scholarship that covers the cost of one year of nutritional coaching, 45 sessions of personal fitness coaching, nutrition counseling and self-actualization classes. The scholarship also provides each client with portable exercise equipment for home use so they can continue their fitness journey for life.  


My hope is that through the creation of New Beginnings, I can offer women the education, resources and social support that will be the beginning of a new and better way of living. I also anticipate that I can demonstrate the necessity of first addressing cognitive processes in the pursuit of creating a healthy body as well as the cost-effectiveness of taking a targeted, proactive approach toward healing the obesity epidemic in this country.


Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $450,000.00
Projected Expenses $450,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$249,836$194,693$172,960
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$71,432$65,460$46,226
Revenue In-Kind$0$14,535$2,461
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$272,738$250,929$233,337
Administration Expense$47,500$55,146$38,885
Fundraising Expense$6,641$4,448$7,249
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.050.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%81%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$133,197$90,023$81,689
Current Assets$79,918$18,777$11,028
Long-Term Liabilities$12,939$22,805$29,929
Current Liabilities$0$815$0
Total Net Assets$120,258$66,403$51,760
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--23.04--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%25%37%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $249,836Contributions, Gifts and Grants $194,693Contributions, Gifts and Grants $172,960
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $71,432Fundraising Events $65,460Fundraising Events $46,226
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $57,805Other Revenue $48,416Trainer Fee Revenue $35,526
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Campaign Purpose We raised $150,000 capital equipment matching grant.
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Campaign Start and End Dates Sept 2011 to Apr 2015
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00 as of June 2013
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Permit
Organization Comments
The New Beginnings Center is a six year old non-profit and we have completed all registrations and reporting required by the State and Federal government through the year 2017.
In our last three fiscal years we have increased our revenues by 25%. Financial Comments
*2012 financials were taken from the organization's internal financial statements. In 2012, this organization filed a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. 
Financials taken from the 990.
990 was prepared by Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 8/11/17.
Nonprofit The New Beginnings Center
Address 509 Craighead Street
Nashville, TN 37204
Primary Phone (615) 734-9687
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Natasha Weddle
Board Chair Lillian Gilmer
Year of Incorporation 2011

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