AhmadAhmad Zia Afzali

Program Director: International Exchange Programs
azia[at] | 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 the 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.


Felecia Maxfield Barrett

Felecia Maxfield-Barrett

Executive Director
fmbarrett[at] | 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 the 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. Having studied and worked on global issues that have an impact on Utah throughout her academic and professional life, Felecia strongly believes in the soft power of international cultural exchange and its transformative effect on those engaged in it. Felecia is passionate about all varieties of music, and spends her free time gardening and hanging out in Moab, Utah.


Gary CroftsGary Crofts

Program Officer: Young Diplomats of Utah & Special Programs
gary[at]  |  801.832.3271

A native of Utah, Gary has a B.A. in International Politics from Utah Valley University, focusing his studies on the Middle East, Arabic, Islam, and Conflict Resolution. He speaks Finnish and Arabic, has lived in Finland and the Middle East, and has traveled throughout Europe. His prior work includes Utah International Charter School and internships with two refugee resettlement agencies in Finland. He believes, in the words of E. Gene Smith, that "every culture is a precious flower that deserves to be preserved and cultivated. It will make us more human." While not in the office, Gary enjoys photography, exploring Salt Lake's food scene, and escaping into Utah's mountains and national parks.


Lee Winkelman 2019_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyLee Winkleman

Program Associate: Impact Intern
impact[at]  |  801.832.3278 (shared phone)

Originally from Southern California, Lee graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.A. in Integrated Studies with concentrations in Peace and Justice Studies, Psychology and Francophone Studies. His French interests have taken him to different places such as West Africa, France, and Quebec, where exposure to the culture and language enhanced his language immersion and heightened his awareness of international tensions. Lee is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the University of Utah in International Affairs and Global Enterprise (MIAGE). He aspires to work in a diplomatic sphere by consulting on international conflicts and collaborating with governments to improve hostile conditions while focusing on nonviolent methods to achieve sustainable peace.


Obaid Barakzai_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyObaid Barakzai

Program Associate: Outreach Intern
outreach[at]  |  801.832.3278 (shared phone)

Obaid Barakzai, originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, is a sophomore studying International Political Economy (IPE) with Honors at Westminster College Salt Lake City. He speaks Farsi, Pashto, English, German, Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic. He loves traveling, exploring different cultures, and meeting new people even if it's every day. Obaid has spoken at Harvard and the U.N. on global relations among world citizens. He loves Salt Lake because the mountains make him feel at home away from home. Beyond his busy schedule, you can always find him drinking tea and posting tea pictures on Instagram. In his words, "it's always Tea-O'clock."


Olivia Kuehn_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy_Intern

Olivia Kuehn

Program Associate Intern: International Exchange Programs
associate[at]  |  801.832.3278 (shared phone)

Olivia is a native Utahn and loves the beautiful mountains surrounding the Salt Lake Valley. She is currently a student at the University of Utah majoring in Political Science and International Studies with an emphasis in foreign relations and security. She is also minoring in Peace and Conflict studies. Olivia has traveled all over North America, Central America, Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia and is learning Spanish and Arabic. She enjoys experiencing and seeing all the beautiful people and cultures around the world and believes everyone should experience them as well. 


Pari KemmickPari Kemmick

Events & Outreach Director
pari[at]  |  801.832.3276

Pari, originally from Montana, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with a minor in Spanish from the University of Montana. Before joining UCCD, Pari worked with the Department of Workforce's Services-Refugee Services Office for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in youth services and as VISTA leader. Prior to that, Pari worked for the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, California, and for a public relations consulting firm in Billings, Montana. Pari believes deeply in cross-cultural communication and building diplomatic ties in order to become a more peaceful, sustainable and socially just world. She has lived and traveled in over a dozen countries and rode her bicycle from Mexico to Panama in 2014. Beyond her international and political interests, Pari can be found biking, hiking, camping and discovering every last hot spring in this beautiful state with her dog and partner.


Vincent Carson_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyVincent Carson

Program Officer: International Visitor Leadership Program
vincent[at]  |  801.832.3275

A recent transplant to Utah, Vincent joins Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy by way of Austin, Texas. He has a BA in Geography and American Studies from the University of Texas, and experience working with a variety of nonprofits in and around Central Texas. Most recently, he worked with teachers and volunteers as the Program Associate VISTA at Generation Citizen, an organization that promotes grassroots action-civics education. Vincent first learned the value of cross-cultural relationships as a child at the Thanksgiving table, where he and his family were often joined by international students from nearby universities. Outside of the office, you can find Vincent biking, cooking, and exploring nearby state and national parks.