In his role as a Manager COPD360Coach for the Foundation, Brandon Holmes interacts with COPD patients and caregivers via phone, email, or online chats to answer questions and provide information and support on topics ranging from COPD medicines to quitting smoking to exercising and more. He is uniquely qualified for this role as a peer-to-peer coach as he has been a caregiver for many years for his mother who has the genetic form of COPD, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and mild bronchiectasis.
Brandon began his journey with the COPD Foundation in 2014 on the C.O.P.D. Information Line where he answered calls, emails, and online chats daily from patients and caregivers, while also serving as a Team Leader and a peer mentor to new Information Line associates. In addition, Brandon has supported several COPD Foundation research studies as a peer health coach.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Brandon spent several years working in home health care and hospice, and as a Correctional Medical Assistant. In this role he worked directly with physicians and other medical specialties to encompass the care of his patients.
Brandon attended Weber State University in Northern Utah.
Sharmaine Pommells is the Foundation’s Contract Administrator. In this role she is responsible for contract oversight, development, and negotiation on the behalf of the Foundation as well as implementation and oversight of the Foundation’s web-based contract management database.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Sharmaine oversaw the compliance division of one of the nation’s top default loan servicing law firms where among other things she developed a robust training and evaluation program for employees which included policy and procedure creation and development and management of on-site and due diligence audits.
Sharmaine has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Florida International University, and a Juris Master degree in compliance from Florida International University’s College of Law. She also holds a paralegal studies certification from the Florida International University Legal Studies Institute, has a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and is a certified professional in anti-money laundering from the Florida International Bankers Association.
Coordinator, Corporate Relations
In the role as Coordinator, Corporate Relations, Maranda Weathers works closely with the COPD Foundation industry partners including participants in the Corporate Partners and Collaborators Program. Maranda works with external entities that share a commitment to the mission of the COPD Foundation including supporting advocacy, education, and research for COPD, bronchiectasis, and nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease.
Before joining the Foundation, Maranda served as an independent consultant for numerous non-profit organizations and businesses for the development and implementation of programs and initiatives designed to enhance quality of life, walkability, and economic livelihood in rural Alabama communities. She authored the Alabama Resource Guide for Farm to Market through the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and Alabama AG Industries, and currently serves as a Farm Market Manager in southeast Alabama. Additionally, Maranda brings a strong leadership background working in clinical trial research development and administrative operations from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Maranda has a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Auburn University at Montgomery and a Master of Public Administration in non-profit management degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her graduate studies focused closely on rural cancer care disparities, and Maranda aspires to obtain a doctoral degree expanding upon the research in the coming years.