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

Amy L. Pascarella

Amy L. Pascarella Profile Photo Bradford, PA

As a Respiratory Therapist and State Captain of Pennsylvania I hope to accomplish promoting awareness and earlier detection within the community as well as the medical community; also to promote early awareness beginning with secondary education students.

As a COPD advocate I have I have met, written, called, and emailed my local officials. I have emailed via AARC/PSRC many times regarding certain bills, and have met with local PA State Rep Martin Causer several times over the years. Additionally, I have participated in health fairs to promote COPD awareness, have created a COPD program at BRMC/OGH, and have spoken to my family and friends about COPD.

As a State Captain I am very interested in working with state, local, and national officials to COPD policy, as well is in participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure. I am also interested in participating and promoting research within rural communities because I feel that they are oftentimes left out or folks assume that research can’t occur in small outlying areas.

My proudest COPD moment has been hearing one of my patients as a BBC member stating that I/the group make a difference in her life.

My inspiration to share is, “To give anything less than yourself is to sacrifice the gift” -Steve Prefontaine


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!