Executive Leadership

King K. Holmes, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator, I-TECH
Professor, 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, served as 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 & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is currently the department’s Director of Research and Faculty Development.

Dr. Holmes founded the NIH-funded UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and is Director of the UW Center for AIDS and STD (CFAS). 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).


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.


Robert B. Lindsley, EdD, EdM
Managing Director, I-TECH

Robert B. Lindsley is an organizational capacity development professional with a decade of experience designing and managing interventions that widen the impact and effectiveness of health and social service providers internationally. In his capacity as Managing Director, Dr. Lindsley provides management to I-TECH’s finance, operations, human resources, and legal teams, and, in collaboration with Dr. Downer, guides the overall strategy of the I-TECH Center.

Dr. Lindsley has technical expertise in organizational development, training, and cross-cultural research design and holds a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Harvard University. Prior to joining I-TECH, Dr. Lindsley held a variety of leadership positions within World Education, Inc., including Senior Asia Region Advisor and Country Director for Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Dr. Lindsley continues his passion for developing leaders in international development through teaching, advising students, and serving on a variety of doctoral research committees.


Ivonne Butler, MPH
Deputy Director, I-TECH

Ivonne X. Butler is a public health professional with more than 18 years of experience in the design, leadership, and management of international health programs. As Deputy Director of I-TECH, she  leads and oversees the organizational learning portfolio,  fosters strategic communication across the organization, and together with Dr. Downer and Dr. Lindsley, oversees strategic partnerships of the I-TECH Center.

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