Executive Leadership

Ann Downer, MS, EdD
Executive Director, I-TECH
Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington

Ann Downer, a 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.


Ivonne Butler, MPH
Associate Center Director, I-TECH

Ivonne X. Butler is a public health professional with more than 20 years of experience in program leadership and management, capacity building and technical assistance work, and living and working in diverse global environments. As one of the Associate Center Directors for I-TECH, she leads and oversees the organizational learning portfolio, fosters strategic communication across the organization, and oversees strategic partnerships of the I-TECH Center. Ms. Butler works closely with the Executive Director and Core Faculty Advisory Group to facilitate and catalyze integration of clinical and technical expertise within and across I-TECH’s program portfolio.

Ms. Butler joined I-TECH in 2006 and has served in various leadership, program management and technical roles, supporting multiple countries and a diverse project portfolio from health systems strengthening to prevention and clinical treatment programs. Prior to joining I-TECH, Ms. Butler was the PMTCT Program Manager for the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP) in Maputo, Mozambique, and worked for USAID/Mozambique as Technical Specialist in Behavior Change Communication, overseeing USAID’s prevention portfolio. Ms. Butler holds a Masters in Public Health in Health Behavior/Health Education from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is bilingual English/Spanish, has Portuguese fluency and working knowledge of French.


Shelly Tonge-Seymour, MPA
Associate Center Director, I-TECH

Shelly Tonge-Seymour has over 30 years’ experience in health care and grants management. As one of the Associate Center Directors, she oversees operations, finance and award administration, assuring compliance and support of I-TECH programs across the I-TECH network.

Ms. Tonge-Seymour joined I-TECH in 2006 and has served in various leadership roles for the I-TECH core, playing a key role in the development of policies and procedures and operational systems for the Seattle and country offices. Prior to joining I-TECH, she served as the Managing Director for the Center for Health Education and Research (CHER) in the UW Department of Health Services. Ms. Tonge-Seymour has a Masters in Public Administration from California State University East Bay.