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Capacitar Staff

Patricia Mathes Cane, PhD

Patricia Mathes Cane, PhD—Founder/Executive Director

Pat Cane, PhD, is Founder and Executive Director of Capacitar International. For more than 31 years, Pat has taught thousands of trainings in over 45 countries. She has developed programs for grassroots groups and professionals in areas affected by trauma, violence, war and disasters, in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Pat is author of Trauma Healing and Transformation, Refugee Accompaniment, Capacitar for Children, as well as other Capacitar manuals in different languages for schools, caregivers, refugees, persons with HIV and cancer and trauma counselors.

While earning a PhD in Multicultural Wellness Education, Dr. Cane conducted her doctoral research in trauma studies related to survivors of natural disasters and political violence in Central America. She also holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and a BA in Biological Sciences. Dr. Cane was recently honored with the Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University at Long Beach.

Joan Rebmann Condon, MA

Joan Rebmann Condon, MA—Special Projects Coordinator/International Trainer

Joan Rebmann Condon M.A. is Special Projects Coordinator and International Trainer for Capacitar International. Working in health and international development since 1990, Joan has been a part of Capacitar for over 25 years. She holds a Master of Arts degree in the Humanities. Joan teaches leadership, team development and trauma healing practices to groups in the Americas, Asia, and the Caribbean. She presents in English and Spanish. Joan Condon is the co-author of Capacitar’s research study, Healing Trauma, Empowering Wellness.

When not working in other countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti and El Salvador, Joan is an active volunteer with the Golden Oldies Cat Rescue in Monterey, CA.

Sophia Hunter, BA, MPH

Sophia Hunter, BA, MPH—Capacitar Office Coordinator

Sophia Hunter works as Capacitar Office Coordinator, facilitating communication and operations from Capacitar’s home office in Soquel, California. At Humboldt State University Sophia focused on International Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies, including a semester in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. Following the completion of her degree, Sophia returned to Santa Cruz to work in primary and specialty care clinics, including clinic management. Sophia has a Masters of Public Health (MPH) with a focus in Community Health Education. She is passionate about access to quality healthcare, health equity, and global health. Besides her work and studies, Sophia spends time with her family, including three young boys, walking on the beaches and running on the redwood trails, soaking up the beauty of the wonderful Santa Cruz geography.