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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 is engaged in with 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 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, 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 helping organizations and leaders excel. Her work helps business, professional and social benefit leaders and achieve their productivity goals.

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

Long engaged with civic and professional organizations, Maureen leads and trains within Rotary International, advises and serves as Honorary Board Member at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, and is a past 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

  • Crises, 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®