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

Bill Wornstaff

Bill Wornstaff Profile Photo Mount Laurel, New Jersey

As a patient advocate and State Captain of New Jersey, I hope to accomplish spreading more awareness about COPD.

As a COPD advocate, I have spoken openly to others about COPD, and The COPD Foundation. I am an active member on 360social, I think it is important to share a positive voice with those who are coming to the site to learn more about living with COPD. I have also had opportunities to participate in COPD research opportunities, webinars, and other research through the COPD PPRN network. I continue to reach out to my members of Congress about COPD. For my newest venture for 2020, I am now in direct contact with the regional vice president of CVS and I truly hope I can spread COPD Awareness to members of upper management at CVS.

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, and I would also like to be involved in fundraising opportunities.

My proudest COPD moments are, when I can approach someone who may or may not have COPD and engage in a healthy conversation about COPD and The COPD Foundation.

My inspiration to share is, “Reading the wonderful posts daily on 360 and realizing no matter what corner of the world we are from, we have a wonderful family!”

A fact about me, “I was diagnosed in August of 2016, I quit smoking a month prior to my diagnosis and have remained smoke free since, honestly there is no secret, a healthy diet, exercise, immunizations and most of all COPD360Social I couldn't have done it without the Foundation and wouldn't want to”.


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!