Jim Harkin and spouse Lucille came to Tucson in 1978 and they have gardened at Chavarim since it opened in August 2003. At the end of 2017 Jim completed the several-year transition to retirement from the financial planning practice that he had owned and developed for the preceding several decades. Jim earned a BA from Providence College (1968) and an M.S.S. (1976) and Ph.D.(1978) from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Other employment includes working in Senegal, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1968-1970) and in management with Catholic Relief Services (1972-1974).