Our Staff

Kimberlee Homer Vagadori

Project Director
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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
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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.

Katie Moose

College Program Coordinator
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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.

Ashley Powers Clark

Youth Program Coordinator

As the Youth Programs Coordinator, Ashley works with schools, businesses, community organizations and social service agencies to develop collaborative systems and cultures that support the healthy development of all children and youth.   Her expertise lies in using principles of positive youth development to make schools and communities better places for young people to live and learn. Before coming to CYAN, Ashley spent ten years working for a variety of youth development nonprofits in the US and abroad.  For the past five years, she has developed and managed cross sector, collaborative child and youth development initiatives for the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, the Monterey County Children’s Council and United Way of Monterey County.  She holds a bachelors degree in Geography from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master’s degree in Community and Youth Development from UC Davis. Ashley believes that young people are society’s most underutilized asset.  She is passionate about social justice, transformation and giving young people a voice in the decision-making processes that affect their lives.

Marcelina Marquez

Military Program Coordinator

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.

Pegah Shahmirzadi

Program Assistant

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.