Meet Your State Advocacy Captains!

State Captains are volunteers with COPD, caregivers, friends and family members or healthcare providers who use their contacts and talents and partner with the COPD Foundation to serve as state and community leaders.

Captains promote the importance of becoming a part of the COPD community. They work to spread COPD awareness in their state and local areas, mentor fellow COPD community members, and participate in online and in-person grassroots advocacy and community building activities focused on health policy issues that are important to those who have COPD. To learn more about becoming a state captain in your area please email statecaptains@copdfoundation.org.


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Dan Kealing

Dan Kealing Profile Photo The Woodlands, Texas
dankealing@me.com

As the newest State Captain for Texas, I hope to accomplish developing a list of quality resources such as doctors, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, dietitians,psychologists and other professionals in my area and reach out to other COPD patients to connect them with those resources.

As a COPD advocate, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD and I have signed up for COPD360Social.

As a State Captain I hope to connect others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives as well as to participate and promote research opportunities to help find a cure.

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Tammy Keck

Tammy Keck Profile Photo Elkton, KY
kentucky01@copdfoundation.org

As the first State Captain of Kentucky, I hope to accomplish promoting more awareness about COPD. I want everyone to know what COPD is, that it is not just people who smoked. I want to help get funding for research. I want people to stop dying from this disease.

As a COPD advocate I have sent emails and letters to my members of Congress about COPD. I have also spoken to my friends and family about COPD, joined a COPD support group, and am an active member of COPD360Social.

As a State Captain I am interested in Participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure, writing about COPD to share my story and help raise awareness and hosting and participating in fundraisers to support my community. I would also love to be involved in raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events, recruiting new State Captains and volunteers, and connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives.

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Karla Enderle

Karla Enderle Profile Photo Fayetteville, AR
kpayne52@gmail.com

As a respiratory therapist and the newest State Captain for Arkansas, I hope to accomplish giving COPD Patients a voice. So many people in general do not understand lung disease but it's truly amazing how many in healthcare are so uneducated on this subject as well. When our PCPs, PAs, and APNs are so uninformed on proper diagnosis and management of COPD , it's not shocking that we have politicians, CEOs, Etc. making horrible decisions that affect all of our lives pertaining to COPD/disease management. This is an huge issue that could be fixed, with time, willing participants, and education.

As a COPD advocate, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD, and I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness.

As a State Captain, I am interested in participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure, and in working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy. I would also like to host and participate in fundraisers to support my community.

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Tina Moyer

Tina Moyer Profile Photo Middleburg, Pennsylvania
tiba65.copd@gmail.com

As State Captain, I hope to promote COPD awareness so that doctors can be more aware that pulmonary rehab can help those of us with chronic lung issues. I also want to help fellow COPDers, caregivers, friends and family understand COPD better, and most importantly, to let fellow COPDers know they are not alone in this journey that we all share. People with COPD go through a lot to maintain quality of life, and the COPD Foundation is there to help us.

My proudest COPD moment was when I traveled to Washington, DC to talk with elected officials about healthcare issues for COPD. October 2017 marks 8 years of being smoke-free, along with my son who quit with me.

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Bill Wornstaff

Bill Wornstaff Profile Photo Mount Laurel, New Jersey
wornstab@gmail.com

As a patient advocate and State Captain of New Jersey, I hope to accomplish spreading more awareness about COPD.

As a COPD advocate, I have spoken openly to others about COPD, and The COPD Foundation. I am an active member on 360social, I think it is important to share a positive voice with those who are coming to the site to learn more about living with COPD. I have also had opportunities to participate in COPD research opportunities, webinars, and other research through the COPD PPRN network. I continue to reach out to my members of Congress about COPD. For my newest venture for 2020, I am now in direct contact with the regional vice president of CVS and I truly hope I can spread COPD Awareness to members of upper management at CVS.

As a State Captain, I am interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, and I would also like to be involved in fundraising opportunities.

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Carl Mullins

Carl Mullins Profile Photo Arlington, TX
CarlM1931@yahoo.com

I am a former caregiver to my wife who passed away from COPD. After she died I have been working tirelessly on behalf of the COPD Foundation, talking about COPD with anyone and everyone who will listen.

I have obtained donations to the COPD Foundation from businesses in my community like Walmart and CVS, have talked with my elected officials in Texas and recently as a part of IMPACT COPD, I spoke with several representatives in DC. I will speak with any group that would like to learn about COPD and have attended health fairs and support groups to disseminate information about COPD.

As a State Captain hope to continue my advocacy and fundraising work to help influence COPD policy and increase the public’s awareness about COPD.

My proudest moments are my advocacy work with my elected officials, which I do in honor of my wife, who is also my inspiration.

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Joan Agee

Joan Agee Profile Photo Lenore, Idaho
jagee@zagmail.gonzaga.edu

As State Captain I hope to raise awareness of COPD and proven methods to reduce readmissions. In addition, patient self-management education using teach-back methods is effective in supporting patients with COPD.

My proudest COPD moment was the publication of my manuscript in the January 2017 Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA), describing the successful outcomes of a nurse-led COPD readmission reduction project.

Some of my advocacy work includes, creating a Quality Improvement project with the goal of reducing COPD readmissions as my scholarly project in partial fulfillment of completing my doctorate of nursing. I have also collaborated with Qualis QIO on preparing a Squire report for CMS regarding reducing COPD readmissions in my community.

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Amy L. Pascarella

Amy L. Pascarella Profile Photo Bradford, PA
apascarella@brmc.com

As a Respiratory Therapist and State Captain of Pennsylvania I hope to accomplish promoting awareness and earlier detection within the community as well as the medical community; also to promote early awareness beginning with secondary education students.

As a COPD advocate I have I have met, written, called, and emailed my local officials. I have emailed via AARC/PSRC many times regarding certain bills, and have met with local PA State Rep Martin Causer several times over the years. Additionally, I have participated in health fairs to promote COPD awareness, have created a COPD program at BRMC/OGH, and have spoken to my family and friends about COPD.

As a State Captain I am very interested in working with state, local, and national officials to COPD policy, as well is in participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure. I am also interested in participating and promoting research within rural communities because I feel that they are oftentimes left out or folks assume that research can’t occur in small outlying areas.

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David Reynolds

David Reynolds Profile Photo Masonville, New York
newyork19@copdfoundation.org

As a State Captain for New York, I would like to accomplish spreading awareness about COPD and helping to prevent unnecessary Emergency Department visits and unnecessary doctor visits in collaboration with DSRIP group Care Compass.

As a COPD advocate and respiratory therapist, I have facilitated two Breathing Better Support Groups, I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness and I have signed up for COPD360Social. I have also emailed, called, and have met with my elected officials.

As a State Captain, I am interested in collaborating with DSRIP group to more effectively mentor COPD patients, recruit new State Captains and volunteers, and participate in research opportunities to help find a cure. I would also like to connect others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, and work with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy.

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Douglas Martin

Douglas Martin Profile Photo Springfield, Tennessee
dougmartin202@gmail.com

As the newest patient advocate and State Captain for Tennessee, I hope to create a better network and spread information about COPD and other pulmonary diseases.

As a COPD advocate I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness, signed up for COPD360Social, spoken to my family and friends about COPD, and am a member of a support group.

As a State Captain I am interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure, and working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy.

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Jeremy Fulmer

Jeremy Fulmer Profile Photo Bloomsburg, PA
jrfulmer@geisinger.edu

Our respiratory therapy department is so excited to become group State Captains for Pennsylvania. As a department, and State Captains, we would like to accomplish being a resource and affiliate for the community.

As COPD advocates, we have participated in speaking to our friends and family about COPD, signing up for 360Social, and have engaged in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness. We have also emailed our elected officials, and participated in a COPD support group.

As State Captains, we are most interested in Raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events, and Connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives. We would also like to Host and participate in fundraisers to support my community

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Eddie Fisher

Eddie Fisher Profile Photo Apopka, FL
eddiefisher163@gmail.com

As a former caregiver, and the newest State Captain for Florida, I hope to accomplish educating everyone that I can reach about COPD & the steps to prevent/live with COPD. I want to teach others about the ongoing research being done today for the people of tomorrow facing this challenge.

As a State Captain, I am most interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, and working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy. I would also like to participate and promote research opportunities to help find a cure, and raise awareness by participating in health fairs and community events.

My proudest COPD moment has been having the most incredible Dad in the world and watching him face the challenge of COPD to the best of his ability. Seeing Dad grow closer to God because of it is ingrained in my heart forever.

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COPD Foundation State Captain Program Informational Video

The COPD Foundation is looking for new State Captains to join our community to be champions for promoting COPD awareness, improving quality of life for those with COPD, to participate in research opportunities, policy, and much more. Email statecaptains@copdfoundation.org for questions and to start the onboarding process today!