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

Bob Sobkowiak

Bob Sobkowiak Profile Photo Cape Coral, Florida

I am a Respiratory Therapist and have worked in home care, hospitals and as an educator for my entire life. I have worked with the Florida COPD Coalition since the beginning and helped to create the community education workshop model for bringing patients and providers together in a community for a day of learning and sharing.

As a State Captain, I hope to Connect, Engage, and Empower the Florida COPD Community of providers,patients, and caregivers and to continue to develop and implement BREATHE STRONG Support for COPD self-management.

My proudest COPD moment was meeting and working with John Walsh and Nick Jones. They have inspired the BREATHE STRONG Initiative for strengthening the Florida COPD Coalition.

My inspirational quote is, "Nobody can do everything, everybody can do something"


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!