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

Joe Morrison

Joe Morrison Profile Photo Flemington, NJ

I became aware of COPD because my dad and my mother in law are living with COPD. I’m a COPD Advocate because I wanted to help make a difference for the 30 million Americans with COPD and I want to reach the 12 million Americans who are currently undiagnosed. Together we can help people live better, healthier, and longer lives!!!

As a State Captain I want to help improve the lives of people living with COPD in New Jersey by enacting change that directly affects health outcomes. I have worked directly with my local congressman, participated in advocacy events in Washington, DC and worked to encourage others to get involved. I also started a new organization to promote lung health throughout the racing community called Right2Breathe.

My proudest COPD moment is participating in the creation of the National COPD Action Plan would be one of the moments that I feel has the potential to have the greatest impact.

My Inspirational quote to share is, “Try not; Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda


Join Us on COPD360social

Sign In to Participate
Or register to become a member

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!