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

Jessica Lewis

Jessica Lewis Profile Photo Adairsville, Georgia

I lost my grandfather and father due to COPD. My father passed November 2013. He lived a very good, long, happy life for about 20 years after being diagnosed even with his struggles. Since my father passed, I have become an advocate and have a passion to help raise awareness. I am here to help, educate, advocate, support and to continue learning about COPD; hoping one day for a cure.

As State Captain, I am here to help support and raise awareness about COPD; hoping one day for a cure.

My proudest COPD moment was becoming one of Georgia's State Captains

Some of my advocacy work includes, being the co-founder and administrator of a support group on Facebook called “Helping Hearts for Alpha-1/COPD”.

My inspiration to share is, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles Swindoll


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!