Staff

Felecia Maxfield Barrett

Felecia Maxfield-Barrett

Executive Director
fmbarrett [at] utahdiplomacy.org | 801.832.3273

Felecia, a native of Utah, joins the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy with extensive experience in government and nonprofit administration. Her prior work history includes Department of Workforce Services Refugee Services Office, Utah Refugee Coalition, and Wasatch Community Gardens.  She has a B.A in Anthropology and a Masters in Public Administration both from the University of Utah.  Felecia is an avid believer that through diverse approaches, collaboration, and continual dialogue, issues surrounding social injustices and human rights abuses are addressed. In her free time, she is busy turning her front yard into a productive vegetable garden, while listening to all varieties of music because it “washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Berthold Auerbach

 

AhmadAhmad Zia Afzali

Program Director
azia [at] utahdiplomacy.org | 801.832.3272

Ahmad Zia Afzali migrated to the United States from Afghanistan in June 2010 and has since lived in Utah. He has a BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University in Afghanistan and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah. Prior to joining UCCD, Ahmad worked at the English Skills Learning Center as Citizenship Program Coordinator. Before moving to the U.S., he worked with several non-profit organizations in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2010. He enjoys arranging professional and cultural programs for International Visitors and is always happy to have the opportunity to meet people from around the world.

 

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Deeanna Chappell Price

Program Officer & Events Coordinator
dprice [at] utahdiplomacy.org  |  801.832.3276

Deeanna is a Utah native of Wayne County. She attended Snow College and pursued an Associate’s degree in Teaching Second or Foreign Languages and later earned her BA in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College. During the mid-nineties, Deeanna volunteered twice as an English teacher in Voronezh, Russia, through the International Language Programs. She later went on to serve an LDS mission in Moscow, Russia. Following those adventures, Deeanna worked as a human development specialist (stay-at-home mom) raising four children while supporting her family during her husband’s military deployments with the Utah National Guard. Deeanna and her family recently returned from a 4-year overseas assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. It was there that Deeanna worked as a Community Liaison Officer serving the embassy community, coordinating events and tours, and facilitating the arrivals and departures of the U.S. mission personnel. Eventually, Deeanna got brave enough to try scuba diving in the Red Sea and ultimately earned her open water certification.

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Coby Vail

Program Officer
cvail [at] utahdiplomacy.org  |  801.832.3271

A native Utahn, Coby has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Brigham Young University. He speaks Arabic, German, and Turkish and has lived in Germany, Austria, Turkey, and Jordan. Before joining UCCD, he worked at the Department of Workforce Services Refugee Services Office as an Americorps VISTA Leader. Coby deeply believes in the need to engage with cultures, beliefs, and worldviews different from our own if we are to build a more just and equitable world and the role that such an exchange plays in the quest for a rich and fulfilling life. He also loves camping, reading anything that he can get his hands on, and exploring places both near and far.

 

Travis DeJong Spring 2018
Travis DeJong

Program Associate Intern - Impact Research
impact [at] utahdiplomacy.org  |  801.832.3278

Travis was born and raised in Salt Lake County, Utah. He enjoys keeping abreast of current events and reading about politics and history to expand his knowledge of the world. He graduated from the University of Utah with BAs in History and Political Science in 2014, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at the same institution. Why diverse populations chose to migrate to the United States intrigues him, and he aspires to work for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security. 

 

Meshari_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Meshari Ateep Al-Mutairi

Program Associate Intern - Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative
associate [at] utahdiplomacy.org  | 801.832.3275

Meshari Ateeq Al-Mutairi, from Saudi Arabia, came to the United States in 2012 and studied English at Southern Utah University. He then moved to the University of Utah to study political science and international studies. He worked in Saudi Arabia in many jobs both in government and the private sector. Additionally, he has a diplomacy in nursing and has worked for two years at Prince Salman Hospital in Riyadh. Meshari likes working in student clubs - he was president of the Muslim Students Union and the president of the Saudi Student Club at the University of Utah. He volunteered at the senior residents of Salt Lake for six months and then volunteered at the Refugee Center to teach the basics of English. He aspires to work in diplomacy and hopes to represent his country in one of the Saudi embassies. He likes reading about other cultures and making friends from different countries, as well as reading all sciences, especially in philosophy, history and some sort of economy. Meshari traveled to many countries in Europe and in the Middle East.

 

 Angela Chozo Gonzalez_Summer 2018_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Angela Chozo Gonzales

Program Associate Intern - Youth Program
outreach [at] utahdiplomacy.org  | 801.832.3278

Angela Chozo Gonzales was born in Lima, Perú and then moved to Utah in 2005. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Utah in 2014. Before joining Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, Angela worked at the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office as Special Assistant where she oversaw Utah’s Notaries Public and Municipal Certifications. In her free time, she likes to paint, travel and spend time with her family.