Executive Leadership


Pamela Collins, MD, MPH
Executive Director, I-TECH
Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Pamela Collins, MD, MPH, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, where she is Executive Director of I-TECH and director of the UW Global Mental Health Program, a joint effort of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Global Health. She is a psychiatrist and mixed methods researcher with 25 years of experience in global public health and global mental health research, education, training and capacity-building, and science policy leadership. Prior to her current role she directed the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (USA). She has served the field in diverse leadership roles, most recently as a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative, co-lead of the NIMH-PEPFAR initiative on mental health and HIV, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Mental Health, and the director of the RISING SUN initiative on suicide prevention in Arctic Indigenous communities.

Dr. Collins’s research has focused on social stigma related to mental illness and its relationship to HIV risk among women of color with severe mental illness; the intersections of mental health with HIV prevention, care, and treatment; and the mental health needs of diverse groups in the US, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently the Principal Investigator of EQUIP Nairobi: a pilot implementation of Trauma-Focused CBT in Nairobi, Kenya, part of a more comprehensive effort to meet the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Nairobi.


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.