Kimberlee Homer Vagadori
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Kimberlee Homer Vagadori is the Project Director for the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN). In tobacco control for 13 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.
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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.
Military Program Manager
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Colleen Haydon is the Program Manager for Project UNIFORM (Undoing Nicotine Influence From Our Respected Military) where she works to build collaborative bridges between existing military tobacco cessation services and those offered by the State of California. Ms. Haydon has been working in tobacco control since 2002 and has extensive experience in community organizing and young adult advocacy. In addition to managing the military project, she has worked with the CYAN in both the College Project and the Young Adults in Community Settings Program.
Youth Program Coordinator
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Julia Velonjara works directly with youth advocates, CTCP-funded agencies, and other youth-serving organizations on the incorporation of youth into tobacco control programs. Ms. Velonjara is a graduate of Yale University, and has an extensive background in youth development, community organizing, public health, social justice, and environmental issues, both in the United States, and as a member of U.S. Peace Corps in Madagascar. As the coordinator of the statewide Tobacco and Hollywood Campaign, she has met with and educated key leaders, national experts, and campaign partners on the issue of smoking in youth rated films. Additionally, Ms. Velonjara provides training and technical assistance to local organizations on a variety of other youth-specific tobacco control initiative. Prior to joining CYAN, Ms. Velonjara’s community assessment (using Participatory Analysis for Community Action modeling), advocacy and outreach, and organizing skills led to the completion of numerous community-based projects as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
College Program Coordinator
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Beth Olagues is the College Program Coordinator. She promotes tobacco cessation services at colleges and universities throughout California. In addition to working extensively in health education on college campuses, Ms. Olagues also served as a Health Education Instructor specializing in tobacco cessation at Kaiser Permanente. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health Education from California State University, Sacramento and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Keely Hopkins is a Program Consultant for CYAN for the CA4Health Program that focuses on reducing chronic health disparities in California’s rural communities. As part of the CYAN team, Keely coordinates and facilitates youth engagement trainings and strategy sessions that support rural counties working on health policies, which includes reducing consumption of sugary beverages, increasing the availability of smoke-free housing, and creating safe routes to schools. Keely earned her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law, and her B.A. from Eastern Oregon University with a major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Keely has a strong background in policy advocacy, youth engagement, and community organizing.