Our 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 14 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 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.

Katie Moose

College Program Coordinator
katie[at]cyanonline.org
(916) 339-3424 x25

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.

Marcelina Marquez

Military Program Coordinator
marcelina[at]projectuniform.org

Marcelina Marquez is the Program Coordinator for CYAN’s Military Program, Project UNIFORM (Undoing Nicotine Influence From Our Respected Military). Prior to working for CYAN, Marcelina worked with service members in San Diego in their pursuit of higher education and career paths. Additionally, she has worked with the Marine Corps Forces Reserve to provide support to Reservists and their family members.  Marcelina received her BA from SDSU and a MSW from USC. While at USC, she focused her studies on military culture and providing support to service members and Veterans who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. At CYAN, Ms. Marquez is responsible for building military-civilian public health partnerships to address tobacco use.

Kidan Araya

Youth Program Coordinator
kidan[at]cyanonline.org

Kidan Araya is the CYAN Youth Program Coordinator and is responsible for implementing all aspects of the agency workplan that focus on youth advocacy, youth engagement, and research. Kidan received her Bachelors degree in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Beloit College and her Masters degree in Geography from the University of Washington at Seattle where she focused on food policy, health, and research evaluation methods. Kidan has received fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education, the Weissberg Foundation, and the University of Washington to conduct environmental, food, and social justice projects in the United States, Cameroon, and Sweden. In 2016, Kidan brought her expertise in global health and public health issues into her coordination of the UNICEF Kid Power program in Sacramento where she worked with public and private partners to build active youth engagement in child health and hunger advocacy. Right before coming to CYAN, Kidan coordinated training activities and project operations for sub-Saharan Africa partners for USAID PREDICT, the worlds largest virus surveillance program. Kidan is thrilled to be returning to her policy advocacy and youth engagement roots in the Youth Program Coordinator position, and to collaborate with youth and government agencies to build capacity for youth to address issues of tobacco control in their communities.

Pegah Shahmirzadi

Program Assistant
pegah[at]cyanonline.org

Pegah Shamirzadi works across all CYAN programs to provide support in addressing youth and young adult tobacco use.  Her previous experience includes working with diverse communities on health issues, grassroots organizing, and assisting with the planning for state lobby days for the American Cancer Society.  Pegah received her degree in Government and International Relations from Sacramento State University.

Nicole Morgan

Youth Program Assistant
nicole[at]cyanonline.org

Nicole Morgan is CYANs Youth Program Assistant and is responsible for helping to implement agency youth engagement activities. Nicole has been formally working with youth since 2014. Much of her previous experience includes working with the diverse, often rural populations in Californias Central Valley to reduce health disparities. She has worked as the Lead Program Aide for the Boys and Girls Club of Merced County to increase youth literacy rates as well as CDCs 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, she 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.