Joni Neidigh, Jacksonville Florida

Founder of Gold Medal Mental Toughness

Joni is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, a Certified Hypnotist Trainer, and an international speaker. She has over 30 years of experience in working with athletes of all ages, from beginners to olympians and professionals. Joni is the author of multiple performance guides and is recognized as one of the top mindset coaches in the world. Joni  believes in creating a meaningful, personalized approach for all athletes to help them reach their peak performance. 

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Marilyn Kopasz, Springfield Virginia

Marilyn Kopasz, BCHt

Marilyn Kopasz is a board-certified hypnotist and success mindset coach working at Essential Health & Hypnosis, LLC.  She meets with clients in her Springfield, VA office, at event locations, or online globally.  Marilyn has help clients meet goals ranging from lowering pain perception to resolving trauma to learning skills to step into success.  When her adult clients discovered how successful hypnosis was for them, they sent their school- and college-age children to Marilyn to help with family, social, and school stress, and to improve sports performance.  

Athletes of all ages find Marilyn’s mindset coaching effective in boosting confidence and diminish distractions.   Learning from and working alongside successful mindset coaches like Joni Neidigh (Gold Medal Mental Toughness), Marilyn is committed to teach the best techniques to athletes and has found a winning combination in a multi-dimensional approach to stress management and success mindset coaching.   

In addition to being a board-certified hypnotist from the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, Marilyn has an Advanced Certification for Pain Management from the American School of Clinical Hypnosis and is a certified Havening Technique® practitioner.  She attended George Mason University with a focus on personal resilience and wellbeing.

Previously, Marilyn worked for the U.S. Department of Defense for over 30 years in the Washington, DC area and earned a DoD Meritorious Service Award.  Marilyn is also a volunteer with the Virginia Department of Health/Medical Reserve Corps and has SafeSport certifications. 

David Lawrence, Westbury New York

David Lawrence, an ICBCH certified Hypnotist, and director of offers customized hypnosis sessions that aim to help clients with many issues such as nicotine addiction, stress relief, weight release, and much more. David Lawrence is certified by the ICBCH in Gold Medal Sports Hypnosis and has helped competitive High School baseball, tennis and cheerleading athletes achieve their best performance. He aims to encourage clients to take necessary steps that may help them achieve their goals, highlight their positive qualities, and reduce the influence from past experiences that might slow down the change.

David has lived on Long Island his entire life, growing up in Bayside, Queens before marrying and ending up in Westbury. He has 3 children and a B.A. in Theater Arts and a B.S. in Computer Science, both from SUNY at Stony Brook

Jeffery Richards, Columbus, Ohio

Jeffrey Richards bio:

You don’t have to have your facial bones crushed into powder to change your life, but it helps. Jeffrey Richards escaped the jaws of death when he survived a near-fatal head-on collision. For the next 13 years, he dealt with medications that caused auditory hallucinations and depression. However, a conviction that eventually things would improve compelled him to stay alive.

Jeff developed a new set of skills, learning and mastering Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnosis to become a better version of himself. Today he uses these same skills to help people live healthier and more enriched lives. He helps clients with anxiety and stress relief, weight loss, and smoking cessation. He also works with high-achieving athletes to be consistent in their excellence, blast through their mental blocks, and achieve new levels of greatness of their sport.

Most people aren’t aware of the unconscious behaviors running their lives. Jeff gives you conscious control of these behaviors so you’re able to achieve your goals and desires.  

He says, “I love my job. I get to help people find solutions to issues that have been holding them back for years…sometimes decades!”

Jeff is a certified hypnotist and NLP trainer, consulting with clients out of Columbus, Ohio, and worldwide via Zoom.