Our Team

Are you ready to step into whole person healing?  Our team can help. 



Lauryn Maloney-Gepfert



Lauryn is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and is nationally certified as a Physician Assistant. Additionally, she holds both an MFA in Movement/Kinesiology from the University of Utah and a BA in Creative and Performing Arts from Franklin Pierce University. With 40 years as a licensed massage therapist, Lauryn has learned and practiced numerous bodywork techniques. Using these skill sets, she has also owned and operated several businesses, including Body Therapy Systems, a movement education practice; Ergonomic Interventions, a corporate ergonomic analysis and training practice; and Cross Therapy: Healing in Motion, a physical therapy and wellness center. Concentrating on education and rehabilitative, musculoskeletal medicine, Lauryn specializes in the integration of allopathic (traditional) and holistic medicine. She is dedicated to providing people with an education that promotes an independent, pain-free, lifelong, high-level function for the whole person.

Since 1977, Lauryn has been developing a cutting-edge specialty called Neuroplastic Functional Training (NFT). This practice combines the disciplines of neuroplasticity, kinesiology, and life education. Currently, she is the owner and executive director of the Neuroplastic Functional Institute (NFI). Realizing that a number of her students and clients are underserved and financially challenged, Lauryn started a not-for-profit charitable arm of NFI called the Healing Out Loud Institute (HOLI). This organization raises money and hosts events free of charge for impaired participants. Lauryn’s greatest passion is to inspire people to commit to learning how to love, heal, and enjoy total freedom.

Lawrence (Larry) Lee Gepfert



Larry Gepfert holds an AAS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Technologies from SUNY Cobleskill Agricultural and Technical College and a BS in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. He has been a professional biologist and wildlife guide for more than 35 years. He has held an instrument-rated, commercial pilot’s license for land and sea for over 28 years and has flown for the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife as a wildlife pilot for 16 years. Following his love for the environment, Gepfert also served as a Colorado water commissioner for six years.

Larry contributes as a financial officer to the Neuroplastic Functional Institute (NFI) and as a spinal cord injury (SCI) consultant for the Healing Out Loud Institute (HOLI). He is unique due to an accident he had in 2011 that left him a quadriplegic. For three months, he was paralyzed from the neck down. Amazingly, through rigorous rehabilitation at Denver’s Craige Hospital, he walked out on crutches. Today, after practicing Neuroplastic Functional Training, it is almost impossible to tell he was paralyzed. Larry’s fortitude, ability to lead, and personal understanding of how meaningful it is to function makes him a powerful advising leader at HOLI.

Larry is most at home in the wild where he can camp and smell his primary motivation for recovering, the balsam fir. His mountaintop experiences fill him up and make him a fierce advocate for preserving wildlife habitat. Above all, Larry is a tireless advocate for animals and people in need.


Jeanne P. Kinnard



Jeanne recently retired from a 30-year career with Life Care Services (LCS), where she served as regional Vice President for Operations. LCS is a leading provider of high-quality senior lifestyle products and services. Jeanne oversaw the management of more than 20 senior living communities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Florida. She holds a nursing home administrator licenses in two states, and a BA from the University of Chicago. Jeanne came to LCS from The American Association of Homes for the Aging (AAHA), now Leading Age, where she served as both the Director of Housing Policy and the Director of Professional Development. 

Working on behalf of not-for-profit sponsors and owners, Jeanne has coordinated community business plans addressing day-to-day management, as well as directing troubled community turnarounds, strategic repositioning, and new community start-ups. In recent years, she has focused on leadership development in Senior Living–both on the executive and board levels. 

A dedicated proponent of loving, self-growth, and healing, her lifetime experience with seniors demonstrates her compassion and commitment to active aging and functional independence. Jeanne contributes to NFI and HOLI as a business advisor. Her ability to strategically plan affords both organizations the opportunity to develop. 




Aki Blake


Aki Blake is a wonderful blend of very diverse skill sets. However, her greatest asset is her ability to make people feel cared for and comfortable. Over the last 20 years, her love for animals led her to excel in careers such as dolphin training, equestrian care, and veterinary medicine. In addition, she co-founded and served on the board of a Montessori school.

In 2012, Aki ventured into owning and operating a successful cookie business called Kate and Aki’s Cookies. Her entrepreneurial strengths transitioned perfectly into a business owner/ management position at Environmental Excavation where she continues to consult. Today, Aki is at the center of the Neuroplastic Functional Institute’s wheel. She advises, directs, and gathers those of us who are in need of kindness, patience, and encouragement. 

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Annmarie Durant


Annmarie has a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in marketing and psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  She has a diverse background in the business, education  and non-profit sectors that includes working with Sun Microsystems, Inc., Clear Channel Communications, University of Denver and Family Star Montessori.  Most of her focus has been in sales, marketing, promotion and business development.  Annmarie has the natural ability to see opportunities and connect people. She thrives on helping others while creating a collaborative network.  Her current part time role as the Continuing Education Coordinator for Colorado Mountain College helps her share a passion for lifelong learning and service to her community.

After her first introduction to the NFI work, Annmarie was "hooked"!  She loves bringing the work as a certified NFI trainer, and relishes every minute of this amazing education and being a part of this "healing tribe"!

In 2011, Annmarie, her husband, and their two boys were fortunate enough to move to Glenwood Springs, CO, that they now call home.  Most of her weekends are filled with precious family time, which includes watching her boys play sports, skiing, boating, hiking, riding ATVs, and playing with their beloved black lab, Bobbee.


Jeanne Beckley


Jeanne Beckley was raised in beautiful Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Computer Science from Gustavus Adolphus College, and spent 16 years in the information technology industry working as a programmer and systems engineer. In addition, she excelled in marketing and sales in both the Minneapolis, MN and Denver, CO areas.

Committed to raising her children in a more laid-back, rural atmosphere, she and her husband moved from Denver to the small town of Glenwood Springs, CO. In 1998, they opened the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves. Later, in 2015, the Beckley’s went on to open the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Jeanne assists in overall management and oversees the financial department of this signature property. 

Jeanne and her husband have labored relentlessly to preserve the precious natural habitats of both the Fairy Caves and the Hot Springs. Their contribution to the Roaring Fork Valley is monumental. Jeanne is a wonderful combination of outdoor adventurer and precious protector: a visionary with a healer’s heart. Her passions also include hiking, skiing, and growing with her children.




Lynn Kirchner



Lynn’s experience in executive level management, including administration, human resources, operations, public relations, marketing, and sales brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. She holds degrees and certifications in: MBA-Master of Business Administration; MRE-Masters Level Experience in Real Estate; Certified Negotiations Expert and SPHR-Specialist in Human Resources.

A graduate of SUNY with a BA in Education, Lynn was one of 14 students throughout the United States who were selected to participate in a government student exchange program to Japan. While in Japan, Lynn earned a second BA in Business, Photography, and Filmmaking, and a Master’s degree in International Business.

Lynn has been successful in the cable TV, travel/ airline, healthcare and real estate industries. A published poet and author, she has written various handbooks and was responsible for airline emergency preparedness, which is now used universally by all airlines. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Governor’s Educational Taskforce, Colorado Travel Industry, and Health Careers Council. She is a two time Past-President of the Carbondale Rotary Club, and has served on the Leadership Councils for Crystal River Elementary School, the National Dyslexia Research Foundation, and Davi Nikent, an Integrated Wellness Center focusing on  Total Health ; Mind, Body & Spirit.  Lynn currently is an advisor to the Board for Carbondale Clay Center and is very active with the Town of Carbondale’s housing and homeless issues.

She is a tireless advocate for NFI and HOLI. Her multifaceted expertise has advanced both entities immeasurably. Most powerful is Lynn’s heart to see people be healed and to live their life to their fullest potential, which is demonstrated through her continual anonymous and public philanthropic gifts as well as her daily practice of meditation, yoga, exercise and a clean healthy diet and lifestyle.

NFI would like to thank the following:

David Clark, for the Mount Sopris landscape photo.

Robert Fullerton, for the classroom photos.

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