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.
Combined, CYAN staff has over 45 years of experience in tobacco control programs. Our professional staff is committed to providing high quality training, one-on-one technical assistance, and support to local health jurisdictions, nonprofit and community-based organizations, schools, universities and military installations in California and throughout the United States.
Kimberlee Homer Vagadori, Project Director
Vicki Webster, Managing Director
Colleen Haydon, Military Program Manager
Julia Velonjara, Youth Program Coordinator
Amelia Silbert-Geiger, Outreach Coordinator
Beth Olagues, College Program Coordinator
Carla Andalis, Program Assistant
Tonya Veitch, SCC Program Consultant
CYAN works under the fiscal sponsorship of the Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., (PHFE) a 501(c)3 organization providing comprehensive fiscal sponsorship to government, nonprofits and foundations throughout the United States.