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Executive Leadership

Ivonne Ximena Butler, MPH
Co-Director, I-TECH

Ivonne Ximena 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 the Co-Director for I-TECH focused on business and administration of the Center, she is responsible for strategic leadership, directions, and management of the I-TECH Center and network of country offices. She oversees the implementation of programs across multiple countries, fosters and pursues collaborations within and outside the University of Washington (UW), and engages stakeholders to invest in and partner with I-TECH. Ms. Butler works closely with Dr. Kohler and the Core Faculty Advisory Group to facilitate and catalyze integration of clinical and technical expertise within and across I-TECH’s program portfolio and represent the Center internally and externally.

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.

Pamela Kohler, PhD, MPH, BSN
Co-Director, I-TECH
Professor, UW Departments of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing & Global Health

Pamela Kohler, PhD, MPH, BSN co-directs I-TECH and holds a joint appointment in Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing and the Department of Global Health. At I-TECH, Dr. Kohler led the Tanzania Intermediate Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and currently leads the evaluation and continuous quality improvement activities of the Afya Hatua Project under Tanzania Health Promotion Support. She has led multiple evaluations of programs and policies throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, including HIV differentiated care, cervical cancer screening and treatment, and cryptococcol meningitis services. Dr. Kohler’s research involves development and testing of health services interventions to improve engagement in HIV care. She led two trials using standardized patient actors to destigmatize HIV prevention and treatment services for adolescents in Kenya and currently leads a stepped care intervention, assigning intensity of services to those with highest need in Western Kenya. Dr. Kohler completed her nursing training at Johns Hopkins University, and worked clinically in HIV care and Emergency Departments. She holds a PhD in Nursing and an MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington.