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

Ariel Bishop

Ariel Bishop Profile Photo Senoia, Georiga

I want to help educate patients, family and the medical community about COPD. As a Registered Respiratory Therapist, I have cared for many COPD patients, I want to be able to continue to educate my patients and give them the most up to date information about their disease. My patients that I care for, are not only just patients but become my friends and people who I truly care for.

As State Captain I hope to be an advocate for my patients and my community and to spread awareness about COPD.

My proudest COPD moment is educating patients about their disease process and helping improve their life by awareness.


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 for questions and to start the onboarding process today!