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History

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.

1997

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

1998

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.

2005

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.

 
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staff

 

Kimberlee Homer Vagadori

Project Director
kim[at]cyanonline.org
(916) 339-3424 x22

Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, MPH is the Project Director for the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN).  In tobacco control for 18 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
vicki[at]cyanonline.org
(916) 339-3424 x27

The Managing Director and co-founder of CYAN, Vicki Webster has 28 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.


Youth Program

Nicole Morgan

Youth Program Coordinator
nicole[at]cyanonline.org
(916) 339-3424 x24

Nicole Morgan is the CYAN Youth Program Coordinator and is responsible for implementing 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.

Veronica Farwell

Youth Program Coordinator
veronica[at]cyanonline.org
(916) 339-3424 x28

At CYAN, Veronica Farwell has the pleasure of supporting all agencies who partner youth in their tobacco-free policy and advocacy work. Prior to joining CYAN, Veronica worked at the Madera County Department of Public Health where her responsibilities entailed building a successful youth coalition and implementing reproductive health classes. In 2015, Veronica worked for Comprehensive Youth Services as a Parent-Child Advocate where she partnered with Fresno Unified School District’s Women’s Alliance to conduct social & emotional support groups. Upon graduating from California State University, Fresno Veronica received the Community Service Award for dedicating countless hours to her community and the children within it.   


Andrea Fabillaran 

Office Assistant
andrea[at]cyanonline.org
(916) 339-3424 x26

Andrea Fabillaran recently joined CYAN’s team as the Office Assistant. She has experience advocating for different populations, including youth.  Ms. Fabillaran has experience in the healthcare and biotech industries where she focused on providing quality care to healthcare professionals and patients. She has worked as an administrative assistant, supporting approximately 50 different therapists and specializing in data entry for utilization management and reports. She has also organized and coordinated community and campus-based events during her time as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Fabillaran earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Policy with a minor in Civic and Community Engagement.  At CYAN, she’s providing support to all program staff as well as supporting the development and distribution of CYAN’s educational materials and resources.

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.

 

FUNDERS

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.

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

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

info@cyanonline.org

 

Employment Opportunities

CYAN is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

College Program Coordinators

CYAN is hiring two College Program Coordinators who will be responsible for implementing all aspects of the agency workplan that focuses on smoke/tobacco-free policy adoption, implementation, and enforcement at California colleges, universities, and trade/technical schools. Additionally, these individuals will provide support and assistance to increase prevention and tobacco treatment on campus.


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