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

Anthony Everidge

Anthony Everidge Profile Photo Las Vegas, Nevada

As a respiratory therapist and State Captain for Nevada, I hope to accomplish advocating and educating the public, elected officials, as well as HCP's on COPD. I am dedicated to being a voice for education and awareness for COPD. This voice can pertain to the patient and their families perspective and span to healthcare providers and the legislative branches that can contribute to positive changes for COPD awareness and treatment advances.

As a COPD advocate, I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness, sent letters to my members of Congress about COPD, met with elected officials to discuss COPD, and have signed up for COPD360Social.

As a State Captain, I am interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives as well as raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events. I also would like to participate and promote research opportunities to help find a cure and recruit new State Captains and volunteers.

My early career was performed in a fairly large community hospital. Over those years I was able to work with a large population of COPD patients. I grew to know my patients very well, and worked with them through hospitalization, exacerbations and many in pulmonary rehab. My proudest COPD moments would come when the patient, and many times the family would come to me and express their gratitude for working with , educating and showing a caring and helpful spirit to them and/or their family member suffering with COPD. It is the string of these helpful moments that make me feel proud to be involved with those patients and their family.

My inspiration to share is, "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value" -Albert Einstein


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!