Board of Directors


The SHINE Board is comprised of an enthusiastic and dedicated group of individuals strongly committed to our mission of empowering young athletes with all the tools and resources they need to be successful. The team seeks to develop programs and partnerships that will help further this objective.


SHINE is also supported by several leading sports sciences experts, government officials and community organizations, both in an advisory capacity and through partnerships that are critical to the success of our mission. To see the organizations we are partnering with, take a look here.



Nikhila is a competitive tennis player aspiring to play college tennis. She is a high school student at Carlmont High School (Belmont CA) and plays for the Varity Girls tennis team. She has been playing since the age of seven and reached top 60 in USTA 14U in NorCal division.

As an athlete, Nikhila is no stranger to injuries and has experienced her share in her journey. She understands the importance of managing them correctly while continuing to work on the sport. Nikhila is convinced that proper knowledge and information helps prevent injuries, which would have benefited her when she was dealing with them. This is why she now wants to spread awareness to other teens who are working on their sports dreams and help them understand injury prevention.

Nikhila also has deep interest in the field of sports medicine and wants to potentially pursue it professionally. Working for SHINE is a great opportunity for her to partner with experts in this field and learn.



Rhea Subramanian is a high school student and avid soccer player. She plays year-round club soccer (ECNL) as well as high-school varsity soccer, and has received recognition and honors in both arenas.


Rhea is also a two-time recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, and has earned both the Girl Scouts Silver and Gold Awards. She volunteers for and helps with different causes, to help others overcome adversity and perservere.


Rhea developed an interest in sports health after she had to overcome a couple of injuries she sustained on the soccer field in her pre-teen years. As a player who works hard to stay in the sport she loves so much, she appreciates the challenges a young athlete faces in his / her injury-prone adolescent years.


When Rhea created SHINE, she found a lot of support within her own network of sports sciences experts. These are individuals who share her drive to address the alarming increase in sports-related injures in pre-teens and teens. With their support, she is looking forward to speaking to / working directly with players to educate them, and creating programs that incorporate the players' perspective.


Nadine Waeghe is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and physical therapist with over 20 years of experience. She has provided sports medicine services for athletes at urban and suburban high schools, NCAA Division I, II, & III colleges, the US Olympic Training Center, Special Olympics, and the WTA as well as many other professional, amateur and recreational sporting organizations and events.  Nadine also has work experience at a variety of hospital, clinical, and athletic facilities.  She currently owns and operates Elevate Performance and Physical Therapy at The Foundry, Redwood City. 


Nadine has expertise in biomechanics, equipment analysis, manual therapy, therapeutic taping, and concussion therapy. These specialties have allowed her to vary her work experience across a broad spectrum of clientele.  In addition to hands-on clinical practice, Nadine frequently provides service as a consultant to footwear company design teams, medical specialty groups, various sports organizations, and individual professional athletes.  She teaches continuing education courses throughout the US and abroad, guest lectures and serves as clinical instructor and mentor for healthcare and sport sciences students, and frequently serves as an expert source or subject for numerous media outlets.  


An athlete in many sports throughout her life, Nadine has experiences both as an athlete driven to perform at her best as well as an athlete unable to compete due to injury.  Lack of injury prevention education, direction and proper treatment for injuries are what led Nadine to pursue a career in sports medicine and drives her passion to educate and help others. 



Yuta Tanaka has certifications in strength and conditioning (C.S.C.S, NSCA), personal training (NSCA), and sports performance (USA Weightlifting). He is the founder and owner of Chikara Strength and Conditioning, and helps athletes of all ages with strength, performance, and post-rehab/return-to-play protocols. Additionally, he has been a youth soccer coach for over 10 years, and is Technical Director of Fitness & Injury Prevention at Burlingame Soccer Club.


Yuta was an accomplished soccer player in high school, college (UC Davis) and at Tokyo Verdy FC (J-League Div 1). His exposure to injury, both as a player and youth coach, has given him extensive experience helping pre-teen and teenage athletes be smarter about injury preventon, recovery, and performance on the field.


Yuta works with SHINE program partners, sports and community organizations, to design programs and curriculum that cover specific sports injury and education needs.