About Us

Cultures Connecting, LLC

17701 108th Ave. SE, #353

Renton, WA 98055

Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. is co-founder of Cultures Connecting. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University and M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA. She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience studying and working with ethnically diverse populations. Her experience includes opening and Directing the Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Hollins is currently an Affiliate Professor of Counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She works hard to balance her passion and commitment to equity and social justice while at the same time raising a family with her husband, Gary Hollins. Together they have two children, and she has three adult step children and two grandchildren. 
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Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D.

(206) 353-2831

Ilsa Marie Govanis co-founder of Cultures Connecting.

Equity and justice have always been a priority in how she lives on the planet. One of the earliest phrases she learned to say was, "That's not fair!" and she believes we do children and our society a disservice when we encourage people to accept that, "Life's not fair."

Ilsa has more than 15 years of experience as a facilitator, consultant, writer and social justice activist. She has led conversations about racial equity at workshops and conferences across the country and helps coordinate the white caucus at the annual national White Privilege Conference. Prior to Cultures Connecting, Ilsa worked as an Equity and Race Specialist for Seattle Public Schools where she was tasked with addressing institutional racism in a large organization. 

She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Western Washington University and her Master's Degree in Bicultural Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. Ilsa is deeply invested in examining how her own identity influences her interactions with others, particularly through the lens of privilege and oppression.

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Ilsa M. Govan, M.A.

(206) 568-8556

Richard D. Kim, M.Div., brings over 7 years of professional experience engaging a person centered approach to engaging race, culture and identity in various non-profit and education settings. Most recently, Richard worked as the Intercultural Credibility Coordinator/Consultant at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, where he also received his M.Div. Richard also holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota. As a person born in the United States to parents who emigrated from South Korea, Richard brings an uncommon voice to the work of racial equity. Richard is a husband to Grace and together, expecting their second child. Richard is from Minnesota by way of Florida and has lived in the Seattle area since 2007.

Richard Kim, MDiv

(425) 301-5111

Jerod Q. Grant  was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Everett, WA. Jerod has over 10 years of experience in higher education and worked as the Director of Diversity & Equity at Everett Community College for 6 years. While at Everett he was a member of the Washington state Multicultural Student Services Directors Council that created equity based initiatives for 34 community and technical colleges. He received his B.A. from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing his MSW at University of Washington. Jerod has partnered with K-12, colleges/universities, nonprofit, government, and corporate organizations. He has facilitated workshops and discussions on topics of race, identity, equity, and toxic masculinity. He comes from a military family where both parents served in the Navy. Jerod also has two younger brothers Jerrel and Jarred. 

Jerod Grant, M.A.

(425) 501-8529

Mercedes Robinson is Seattle-born, having lived outside of Washington only to complete her B.A. in Media Studies at the University of San Francisco.  For most of her career, she has worked in a variety of non-profit settings as office support, event planner, marketing coordinator, and media manager.  Mercedes is passionate about many social justice issues and has worked and volunteered for organizations highlighting poverty, immigration reform, gender equality, mass incarceration, and human trafficking.  Having a strong desire to expand her knowledge in race relations and cross-cultural communication, she finds herself eager to use her skills in support of Cultures Connecting and its mission to equip teams and organizations with the necessary skills they desire.

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