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

Cristin Trecore

Cristin Trecore Profile Photo Lewisville, North Carolina

As the newest State Captain for North Carolina, I hope to accomplish raising awareness for pulmonary rehab, end of life issues and ways for patients to manage their disease and stop smoking.

As a COPD advocate I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness and have emailed my elected officials.

As a State Captain, I am most interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives.

My proudest COPD moment has been, helping my colleagues understand the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.

My inspiration to share is, “Success is measured by the lives you make better”.


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!