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Founder and Director


Patricia Cane, Ph.D. is founder and director of Capacitar International, a project in multicultural wellness education that focuses on personal and societal healing and transformation.

For over 31 years, Pat has taught thousands of trainings in 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.

Patricia is author of Trauma Healing and TransformationRefugee Accompaniment, 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, 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.

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.

Capacitar Communications & Operations

Sophia Hunter

Sophia Hunter, BA, MPH candidate, works as Capacitar International’s Office Coordinator, facilitating communication and operations from Capacitar’s office in Soquel, California. Sophia’s degree in International Studies, with a concentration in cultural studies, through CSU Humboldt, included a study abroad semester in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. Following the completion of her studies, Sophia returned to Santa Cruz, working in primary and specialty care clinics, including clinic management. Currently, Sophia is completing a Master of Public Health (MPH), with a focus in Community Health Education. She is passionate about access to quality healthcare, health equity, and global health. 

In her limited free time, Sophia is 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.

Special Projects Coordinator and 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.

Capacitar International, Inc.
2901 Park Avenue Suite B12
Soquel, California USA 95073
Phone/Fax: (001) 831-477- 7644