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

Crystal Hiser

Crystal Hiser Profile Photo Magnolia, Delaware

As the newest State Captain from Delaware, I would love to expand upon the work I am doing with our local American Lung Association Events for awareness in community outreach. Whatever opportunities that are available to help, I am more than willing. I would love to accomplish something that I have never done before maybe participating in a Capital Awareness Day. This will be my first year as a State Captain so I am looking forward to learning new things and helping as much as possible. I hope to help elevate the care for COPD patients in my community and create public awareness of the disease.

As a COPD advocate I have emailed my elected officials and published articles about COPD in my local newsletter. Additionally, I have participated in health fairs and community events to promote COPD awareness. I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD and try to raise awareness any chance that I get.

As a State Captain, my interests include connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier and fuller lives, as well as working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD Policy. I am also interested in raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events.

My proudest COPD moment: I personally have more then a few great moments since I deal with COPD on a daily basis. My job as a Respiratory Therapy navigator gives me the privilege to help patients suffering with COPD every day at work by providing them with education. I had one particular patient that was coming into the hospital very frequently and after working through the case I was able to get her set up with one of the newer modalities of treatments for COPD a Trilogy machine. Her family was so thankful and she has not been back to the hospital in over a year. She is able to stay home with her family which is the one wish she had all along!

My inspiration to share is, “The only way to do great work is to Love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't Settle. ~Steve Jobs.“


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!