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

Dan Kealing

Dan Kealing Profile Photo The Woodlands, Texas

As the newest State Captain for Texas, I hope to accomplish developing a list of quality resources such as doctors, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, dietitians,psychologists and other professionals in my area and reach out to other COPD patients to connect them with those resources.

As a COPD advocate, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD and I have signed up for COPD360Social.

As a State Captain I hope to connect others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives as well as to participate and promote research opportunities to help find a cure.

My proudest COPD moment was the first time I wore my POC to the Grocery and Golf course. Psychologically this was a huge step for me . Being a very private person this felt like showing the world some terrible truth about myself. Now I seldom give it a thought but that first time took a lot.

My inspiration to share is, “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

More about me, “After 40 some years of smoking I was officially diagnosed with Emphysema after I was hospitalized with Pneumonia in 2007 at age 56. My FEV1 post hospital was 23% of predicted and is slightly lower at 21% now. I quit smoking upon discharge from the hospital and haven't smoked since. I have remained active since, pursuing my main passion of golf.In July of 2017 my Pulmonologist prescribed oxygen for sleep and activity. My wife and I treated ourselves to a Treadmill over Christmas and I use it Faithfully at least four days a week. I have already seen some improvement in endurance!”


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!