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

Kim Bennion

Kim Bennion Profile Photo Eagle Mountain, Utah

As a respiratory therapist and State Captain of Utah, I hope to accomplish three key objectives!

  1. Improve awareness of the need for early identification and treatment for COPD.
  2. Align legislators, healthcare professionals as well as patients and their caregivers to raise awareness and improve healthcare access so patients with COPD can have the right care, in the right location at the right time.
  3. To improve general patient knowledge of their disease and it's trajectory so they are equipped to make educated decision about their healthcare to include advance care planning.

As a COPD advocate, I have created and gifted the Breathe-zy health promotion and disease prevention, free course to the AARC State Societies. It's an after school program that includes tobacco prevention and culminates in pig lung dissection.I have also written about COPD in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication, and have sent a letter to my members of Congress about COPD .

As a State Captain, I hope to connect others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, and work with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy. I would also like to participate and promote research opportunities to help find a cure, and write about COPD to share my story and help raise awareness.

My proudest COPD movement was when I received the American Respiratory Care Foundation's Charles W. Serby award for research in COPD. It just meant our message was getting out there and was appreciated.

My inspiration to share is, “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort,intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” ---William A. Foster

State Captain fact about me- I have been a RRT for 40 years, and my passion for COPD is driven by my mother who passed away 2.5 years ago from the disease. I am certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Healthcare Compliance Association and believe we need to partner with our legislators to raise awareness for increased funding and disease specifics.


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!