Welcome to Guillén & Merrill

“Setbacks and change are unavoidable.  But we can thrive during these events.  By leading with courage and passion, we empower those around us to learn from the unexpected. Seize change:  it’s our opportunity for growth.”

– José Guillén

“What gets extraordinary productivity going? High morale, communication power and clarity of mission.”

– Maureen Merrill

José Octavio Guillén

José Octavio Guillén

José Octavio Guillén has led small and large Superior Courts in California and has assisted in 9 other countries with judicial reform projects.  After retiring as Court Administrator from Sonoma Superior Court, he has engaged in governmental, social benefit, and business organizations in both domestic and international venues.

He began his public sector career as an entry level clerk, and over 40 years, has been promoted to various supervisory, management, and leadership positions.

Mr. Guillén applies his court administration experience, extensive consultancy, and education in public administration to the areas of change management, organizational development, creation of highly productive teams, and coaching and mentoring for continuous improvement.

He is a recognized expert in conflict resolution as well as cultural competency training for diverse workplaces. He helps individuals and organizations achieve excellence through effective communication, conflict resolution, compassionate presence, and commitment to their purpose.

“Setbacks and change are unavoidable. Perseverance and adaptability are key to lead with courage, passion and empower those around you”

José Guillén

Maureen Merrill

Maureen Merrill

Maureen Merrill established Merrill Communication Solutions in 2004 to apply her entrepreneurial, communication and psychological expertise to help organizations and leaders excel. Her work helps benefit business, professional and social leaders achieve their productivity goals.

Ms. Merrill is a facilitator of dynamic planning retreats, workshops and communication training. She is also known for her ability to help clients identify strengths, articulate their ideas, hone their leadership skills and apply sound communication practices.

Maureen has long since been engaged with civic and professional organizations and has lead and trained within Rotary International, advised and served as an Honorary Board Member at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, and has served as a local elected official. With an M.A. in psychology and certifications in MBTI and DISC, she is an associate of TTI Success Insights, the world’s leading source for research-based, assessment, coaching and talent management tools.

“What gets extraordinary productivity going? High morale, communication power and clarity of mission.” –  Maureen Merrill

What We Do

What We Do

Training and Consultation

Organizational Development and Performance

  • Crisis, Change and Transition Management
  • Vision, Planning and Team Retreats
  • Cultural and Diversity Awareness
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Process Re-engineering

Workplace Morale, Productivity and Retention

  • Workplace Engagement
  • Team Building / Team Communication
  • Strength, temperament and style assessments*
  • Communication Confidence
  • Presentation Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mentoring and coaching


*Certified MBTI & Authorized Associate of TTI Success Insights®