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

Felisha Fuller

Felisha Fuller Profile Photo Greenwood, South Carolina

As a respiratory therapist and State Captain for South Carolina, I am passionate about making the lives for my COPD patients better. As a State Captain, I hope to accomplish bringing awareness to the disease process in my state. Finding ways to ensure patients and their family understand their disease process and helping them understand the treatment process. Bringing compassion to the patients suffering with this disease and ensuring they receive the help they need!

As a COPD advocate, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD, am a member of a support group, and I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness.

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

My proudest COPD moment has come from helping spearhead a 90 day physician led project in our hospital to specifically target our COPD population and due to the new implementations it has resulted in a significant decrease in our COPD readmissions rates and has made a huge impact in the lives of our COPD patients!

My inspiration to share is, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” -Maya Angelou


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!