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 ten 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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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.
Outreach & Social Media Coordinator
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Amelia Silbert-Geiger graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Theatre Arts and a minor in Education. She works with all of CYAN’s projects and campaigns to promote inclusion of youth and young adults in local advocacy efforts by utilizing community organizing principles outlined by the Midwest Academy as well as the inclusion of social media in local and campaign advocacy campaigns. She has been trained on website development and maintenance as well emerging technologies. Ms. Silbert-Geiger has extensive experience with incorporating youth development principles, technology, and theatre arts into health-related outreach programs for high-risk youth and college-based young adults. She is trained in materials development including the development of print and web-based educational resources and advocacy tools.
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). Ms. Olagues joined CYAN in 2010.
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Santa Clara County Program Consultant
Tonya serves as CYAN’s local representative for the Santa Clara County Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant. She is the Youth Coordinator of CATT (Community Advocates Teens of Today) and provides technical assistance to colleges/universities throughout the County on tobacco control issues. She is a recent graduate from San Jose State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Health Science with a concentration in Health Services Administration and a Minor in Business.