Life-Talk Team


Merrill Harmin, PhD, Founder

Merrill founded Life-Talk from his forty+ years of experience engaging people in expanding and refining their sense of self. He is a retired professor of educational psychology and an advance meditation teacher.


Losira Okelo, Project Director

Losira currently facilitates the Saturday Life-Talk hour. She has over fifteen years’ experience in adult education, online learning and teacher professional development.


Jackie Rourke, Project Manager

Jackie is a former journalist in radio and television, and now works independently as a communications consultant. She focuses on projects that put people and the planet first and enjoys participating in weekly Life-Talk sessions.


Brian O’Connor, Administrative Support

Brian Tom O'Connor is the author of Awareness Games: Playing with Your Mind to Create Joy, and is the co-host of the podcast, Awareness Explorers.


Irma Graciano, Administrative Support

Irma has been the go-to tech and facilitator's support person working behind the scenes for Life Talk. She has also been a student and teacher of yoga and meditation for a decade and leads a weekly morning meditation practice on Zoom.


Ron Duerksen, Marketing Consultant

Ron participates in weekly Life-Talk Circles and is the Global Executive Director of the International Masters’ Program for Managers at McGill University. He has over 15 years’ experience in academia. Currently Ron owns and operates Strategic Solutions Consulting, which focuses on helping organizations with their business strategy, branding and marketing.

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