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

Karissa Dyar

Karissa Dyar Profile Photo Seminole, Florida

As a research coordinator that supports the COPD Community, I am excited to jump onboard as a State Captain for Florida for the COPD Foundation. As a State Captain, I hope to spread the word about COPD and its effects on our loved ones.

As a COPD Advocate I have spoken with my hometown mayor about my community concerns, as well as have spoken to my family and friends about COPD. Additionally, I have been active on COPD360Social.

As a State Captain, I am interested in working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policies. I would also like to raise awareness by participating in health fairs, by recruiting new State Captains and volunteers, as well as by connecting others in the COPD community to resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives.

My proudest COPD moment has been becoming a Research Coordinator. My patients are like my family and I especially look forward to the days when they are able to breathe well because of the medication we help them with!

My inspiration to share is, “Be the reason someone smiles today”


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!