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I-TECH's Mission

I-TECH is a global network that supports the development of a skilled health work force and well- organized national health delivery systems, in order to provide effective prevention, care, and treatment of infectious disease in the developing world.


I-TECH Leadership

Principal Investigator

King K. HolmesKing K. Holmes, MD, PhD
Department of Global Health, University of Washington

Dr. King Holmes, considered one of the world's most influential researchers and mentors of other scientists in AIDS, infectious diseases, and sexually transmitted diseases, is the first William H. Foege Chair of the University of Washington Department of Global Health, which was founded with a US$30 million gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Holmes also heads the Infectious Diseases Section at Harborview Medical Center, and directs the UW Center for AIDS and STD. The center has grown from a budget of US$5 million in 1990 to currently coordinating an estimated US$165 million in grant-funded research activities with a global scope.

Dr. Holmes provides engaged leadership to I-TECH, regularly visiting I-TECH sites around the world, as well as joining in strategic planning and clinical leadership sessions with I-TECH's staff at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Executive Director

Ann Downer thumb Ann Downer, MS, EdD
Department of Global Health, University of Washington

Ann Downer, an associate professor in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health, brings more than 25 years of experience in educational and organizational leadership, as well as program development experience in reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, and sexually transmitted infections to her role as Executive Director of I-TECH.

Dr. Downer holds advanced degrees in health education and educational leadership and wrote her doctoral dissertation on health communication. She is an engaging and experienced trainer as well as a highly skilled instructional designer; she applies this rich background to her executive leadership role at I-TECH, as well as to her work teaching, advising students, and developing courses at the graduate level.

Senior Director

E. Michael ReyesE. Michael Reyes, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

As a professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF),  Dr. Reyes brings years of clinical knowledge and public health expertise to his role as Senior Director of I-TECH. Dr. Reyes leads the UCSF team of clinical experts working on I-TECH country programs, and collaborates with Dr. Downer on the overall strategy and direction for I-TECH. Dr. Reyes also supports I-TECH's interface with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other funding agencies like the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the US Department of Defense.

Dr. Reyes has held major leadership roles with the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) since 1989. In his current position as Principal Investigator, he has developed a variety of innovative HIV clinical training programs for health care providers in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the six US-affiliated pacific jurisdictions. At the PAETC he also developed, and continues to direct, numerous subcontracts with health professions schools, and community-based organizations throughout the pacific region. Dr. Reyes serves as Principle Investigator on several grant-funded projects for the California State Office of AIDS, CDC, and The California Endowment, including the National Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE), which also has an international grant from the Open Society Institute.

HRSA Program Director

JaimeJaime Johnstone, MPH, MSW

Jaime Johnstone brings over 15 years of managerial and quality assurance experience, both domestically and abroad, to her position as HRSA Program Director. With master's degrees in social work and public health from the University of Washington, Johnstone has applied her impact-oriented management skills to a variety of social work and public health settings. Beginning as a social worker at the Madison Clinic at Harborview Medical Center—Seattle’s primary HIV clinic—she went on to develop monitoring and evaluation tools for social work interventions as data manager for the hospital’s social work department. Johnstone began working at I-TECH in 2002, moving from quality improvement to program management, and becoming Director of the Global Services Division in 2009.

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