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CYAN’s mission is to change the tobacco use culture in California high schools, colleges and universities, military installations, and other youth and young adult communities by providing knowledge, skills, and tools to create local change for healthier communities.


CYAN was founded in 1997 to provide meaningful opportunities for youth leadership and involvement in California’s revolutionary tobacco control program.


In response to a sharp increase in the smoking rates of college students, CYAN initiated a college-based policy advocacy program targeting the 142 public higher education institutions in the state.


In 2005, in response to a troubling report on the high rates of tobacco use on military installations in California, CYAN created Project UNIFORM and began a unique partnership with the military providing tobacco education, support for cessation services, and cultural competency training for civilian organizations working with military service members.




Kimberlee Homer Vagadori

Project Director
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Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH is the Project Director for the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN).  In tobacco control for 17 years, she is a national expert on college tobacco-free policy, college advocacy, and tobacco industry sponsorship issues and has successfully coordinated systemwide policy initiatives in California.  Ms. Homer Vagadori also provides technical assistance and training to local, state, and national organizations on issues such as tobacco and the environment, emerging tobacco products, campus-based cessation services, and tobacco industry targeting of young adults.

Vicki Webster

Managing Director
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The Managing Director and founder of CYAN, Vicki Webster has 21 years of tobacco control experience, working at the local, regional, and statewide level. Ms. Webster has been responsible for: developing and implementing a statewide 76-agency assessment on youth advocacy; coordinating local, regional, and statewide youth advocacy coalitions; organizing regional and statewide college and youth advocacy conferences, conducting trainings on youth and college advocacy throughout California and the nation; researching and creating educational materials; and managing every aspect of CYAN including budgets, personnel, subcontracts, consultants, progress reports, and evaluation.

College Program

Katie Moose

College Program Manager
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Katie Moose, MA is the College Program Coordinator and has been working in tobacco control since 2012.  During that time, she has worked as a Local Tobacco Control Program Evaluator, also providing Evaluation Technical Assistance for the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center, and as a Program Consultant for the California Tobacco Control Program.  She has experience coordinating statewide tobacco control conferences, writing final evaluation reports, developing tobacco control grant applications, and conducting trainings and webinars on a variety of tobacco control-related topics.  As the College Program Coordinator for CYAN, she will be providing in-depth technical assistance and training to colleges and universities that are interested in creating smoke and/or tobacco-free campuses.

Sal Ramirez

College Program Coordinator 
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Salvador (Sal) Ramirez is the College Program Coordinator focusing on smoke/tobacco-free policy compliance and enforcement.  A California native, published author and youth advocate for health justice, Sal brings unique knowledge in the spectrum of community-based engagement and enjoys recounting stories from his service in the Peace Corps. Sal has worked in New York City with the This Free Life campaign, which helps LGBT young adults live tobacco-free, by providing outreach education on issues such as tobacco’s culture of poverty and the industry targeting of young adults.

Pegah Shahmirzadi

Program Assistant

Pegah has great experience working in the non-profit healthcare sector where her roles have included working with diverse communities on health issues at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Northern California, and grassroots organizing and assisting with the planning and implementation of California State Lobby Days for the American Cancer Society. Prior to her role at CYAN, Pegah worked nationally in Washington, DC where she continued her role in cancer advocacy for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Her alma mater include California State University, Sacramento where she earned her undergraduate degree in Government and International Relations and Georgetown University where she earned a Certificate in International Affairs. She is currently a graduate student pursuing her MPH degree from University of California, Berkeley.

Youth Program

Nicole Morgan

Youth Program Assistant
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Nicole Morgan is the CYAN Youth Program Assistant and is responsible for helping to implement all aspects of the agency work plan that focus on youth advocacy, engagement, and development. Nicole has been formally working with youth since 2014. Much of her previous experience includes working with the diverse, often rural populations in California’s Central Valley to reduce health disparities. Nicole has worked as the Lead Program Aide for the Boys and Girls Club of Merced County to increase youth literacy rates. She also worked for the CDC’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health to reduce the chronic disease burden and risk factors associated with tobacco use and exposure. Prior to joining CYAN’s team, Nicole worked as a Research Assistant for the Flavored and Mentholated Tobacco Project, an Instructional Assistant with the UC Merced Merritt Writing Program, and as a Health Sciences Research Assistant with the UC Merced Health Sciences Research Institute. Nicole earned her degree in Public Health from the University of California, Merced.

Fiscal Sponsors & Funders

CYAN operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Heluna Health. Heluna Health is a leading provider of program and support services across the population health spectrum, empowering academic researchers, public-private consortia, public health agencies, and nonprofits to achieve positive health outcomes.



CYAN currently receives funding from the California Department of Public Health – Tobacco Control Program.  Since 1997, the organization has successfully partnered with numerous local, statewide, and national funders to implement tobacco control programs for youth and young adults.  Previous funders include the Centers for Disease Control, Truth Initiative (formerly Legacy Foundation), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Public Health Institute, University of California San Francisco, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, and County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health.




California Youth Advocacy Network
650 University Ave. Suite #109
Sacramento, CA95825

(916) 339-3424
(916) 339-3425 FAX


Employment Opportunities

CYAN is currently accepting applications for the following position:


Responsible for working closely with other program staff to implement all aspects of the agency workplan that focus on youth advocacy, engagement, and development.

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