inspiring people to care for each other 
and the world in which they live

Welcome to the Heartfelt Associates home page. We're glad you found us!

Who or what is Heartfelt Associates?

Since 2012, Tim Merriman and Lisa Brochu have engaged in a variety of activities under the business name of Heartfelt Associates, from consulting services related to nonprofit management and interpretation, to raising miniature horses and coffee. In 2015, we moved to Hawaiʻi Island with the intention of retiring, but soon learned that semi-retirement was a better description of our current life stage as we remain actively engaged with a number of interests. Our updated website more accurately reflects what we’re doing these days, including our farm, community activities, teaching, writing, and limited consulting and travel.


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Who are Tim and Lisa?

Our wedding rings represent the deep respect we have for each other and the way we interact, keeping balance in our lives and with each other. Tim is the extrovert, Lisa the introvert. Lisa is the planner, and Tim is the operations guy. Tim takes care of our plants, Lisa handles the animals. We have been friends and colleagues for decades, having met in 1980 at a professional conference, and in 2008, we were finally married in Fort Collins, Colorado. 


Tim’s background includes the following job titles: outdoor education camp director (IL); park ranger (IL); nature center director (CO); director of innovations and biosphere reserve management (KY); science director (TX); nonprofit executive director (CO); lecturer and adjunct professor (CO, HI); and interpretive planning & training consultant (HI).


Lisa’s background includes: special events director (TX); day and resident camp director (MS, TX); veterinary technician (TX, MS); equine massage therapist (TX); nonprofit associate director (CO); and interpretive planning, writing & training consultant (CA, TX, CO, HI).


Between the two of us, we have nearly a century of experience working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and privately owned businesses in over two dozen countries around the world, helping them function more efficiently and communicate more effectively. We’ve written half a dozen textbooks and an award-winning novel, and have had the reputation of being leaders in our field. And we've both been farmers and community volunteers off an on throughout our lives. Though we've had many experiences and have traveled extensively, these days we're enjoying a lifestyle that is a little more laid back. We're still available to take on interesting activities and share the knowledge we've gained, so please feel free to explore our website and let us know if we can help you in any way.

Aloha kākou!

Help Bridge the Digital Divide for Guides in Rwanda 
We've been working for three years with national parks in Rwanda, training park guides and hosts and doing planning for visitor centers in Nyungwe National Park. These good people work full-time protecting Rwanda's unique resources while supporting extended families that usually include orphans. Many are working on Bachelor's or Master's degrees and doing community work to help young people have opportunities that were not available to them following the tragic genocide of 1994. 

Providing these guides with a used or inexpensive PC laptop or iPad is empowering. They can improve their education, do research about the park, promote the park to tourists and help their family members learn about the world. They also gain the chance to participate as colleagues with others who interpret nature and culture around the world. All of these good people are Certified Interpretive Guides and Hosts. You can help by donating a used laptop or iPad or by making a financial contribution. A donation of $70 or more buys at least one refurbished laptop. Let us know of your interest to donate and get involved. Please help us help them
Tim Merriman and Lisa Brochu at the Parthenon. Their projects have included work in Australia, Belize, Canada, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sweden, Tanzania, United Kingdom (Scotland, Wales, England), and all over the United States.