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

Emily Myers

Emily Myers Profile Photo Glasgow, MT

As a respiratory therapist and the newest State Captain from Montana, I would like to accomplish educating people about COPD, spread awareness about the effects of the disease, and help those suffering from COPD to improve their quality of life.

As a COPD advocate, I have written about COPD in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication, as well as have spoken to my family and friends about COPD. I have also participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness.

As a State Captain, I am interested in working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy, and 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, recruiting new State Captains and volunteers, and write about COPD to share my story and help raise awareness.

My proudest COPD moment has been helping clients to be free from oxygen through pulmonary rehab and improve their quality of life.

My inspiration to share is, “We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone - Ronald Reagan

More about me, “I have watched family members, friends, acquaintances, and strangers suffer from lack of breath and declining quality of life. I supervise a pulmonary rehab program, as well as a PFT Lab. It is an absolute honor to help people find hope and learn to live again”.


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!