Thayle Heggie, MPH, CHES, CHC

Project Director

Thayle Heggie is a certified health coach and recently received her Masters in Public Health from UNCG. She is credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has experience working with both faculty and student populations. She worked in higher education for 17 years in various roles, including mentoring, counseling and consulting. Thayle enjoys connecting with people and empowering them with her ability to relate and communicate, ensuring they feel heard and supported. She believes that health coaching is a powerful tool that allows others to capture their potential and empower them to make lasting changes.

Ellen Ashley, BS, CHC

Ellen graduated from UNCG’s Public Health Education Department where she discovered a love for health coaching. She brings a richly varied background to her love of helping clients which involves being both a good listener and a vigorous advocate for helping others find their own way to good health.  She can appreciate the unique needs of each individual and can empathize personally with many client’s issues. She first developed her skills in listening and understanding others when she became licensed in her first career as a cosmetologist.  One of the most important skills in cosmetology is listening to what a client is saying and understanding how to help them feel their best. This is also one of the most important skills in being a health coach. Ellen’s friendly and relatable attitude has led her many successful health coaching experiences! 

GracieLee Weaver, PhD, MPH, CHES, CHC

GracieLee is a health coach, advocate, researcher and educator. She was trained and certified as a health coach in 2013. Since then, she has been providing health coaching services to UNCG employees through HealthyUNCG. She also previously worked for Wake Forest University in the Office of Wellbeing where she provided health coaching services for faculty, staff, and students. GracieLee sees health coaching as an opportunity to support her clients with guided self-reflection, goal setting, and accountability. 




Nicole Puccinelli-Ortega, M.S., CCRP, CHC

Nicole Puccinelli-Ortega is a certified health coach who has been practicing for over 1 year. She is interested in holistic health and she enjoys empowering clients to live their best lives.  She fully believes each one of us has unique gifts and talents to offer. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling the world and meeting people from all over the globe.


Amber K. Reed, MA, CPSS, CHC

Amber K. Reed has been a Certified Health Coach since 2019. She has been certified as a Peer Support Specialist since 2014 and has experience supporting people in their mental health recovery goals through multiple modalities, including exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction. Amber recognizes the impact social factors have on a person’s beliefs, choices, and goals and strives to help others work through these confines to find true freedom within themselves. She is an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner and QPR trainer, which is a national suicide prevention program. In addition, she also has graduate-level training in Nutrition. Amber uses a holistic approach to wellness in health coaching, combining elements of mind, body, and spirit in an effort to guide and empower others to create their own path to change, their own version of wellness and live life to its fullest potential.

Jilly Hinckley-Noble, RN, CCM, CHC

Jilly Hinckley-Noble was certified as a health coach in 2019. She has provided care management for clients of diverse backgrounds and age groups for the last fourteen years through the integration of care for emotional and physical well-being. Her experience working with clients with complex needs addresses the individual’s choices and environment for physical activity, conscious nutrition, weight goals, and mindful emotion management.  Jilly is committed to health coaching as an ally for improved quality of life of clients in support of the individual’s unique strengths and desired outcomes.   



Angelina Drews, RN, BSN

Angelina is a Health and Wellness Coach.  She trained through the UNCG Health Coaching program and is also a Certified Practitioner in the Results System offered through Thought Action. She was highlighted in the May 2018 Spotlight Series at UNCG. Angelina is a Registered Nurse.  She has extensive experience in Primary Care, Infection Prevention and Trauma Care. Angelina believes that Nursing and Wellness coaching are a perfect match. Nursing is a holistic profession that treats the whole person and considers all factors that impact healing and prevention.  Wellness coaching is also holistic and considers all of the various aspects of an individual’s life and how they each impact on the person’s ability to achieve their best life. Angelina loves Health and Wellness Coaching and is having a truly fulfilling time helping people figure out their own path to Wellness.


Beate Winterstein, MA, MS, CHC 

Beate is a UNCG Certified Health Coach and has a MA in Psychology from Germany and a MS in Educational Measurement from UNCG. She loves to support diverse clients in exploring different areas of their lives to reach long-lasting balance and well-being. Her studies and practices in mindfulness and compassion enrich her way of guiding clients on their wellness journey. She is happy to offer coaching in English or German.