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

Angel Anderson

Angel Anderson Profile Photo Ripley, West Virginia

As the newest respiratory therapist and State Captain for West Virginia, I hope to accomplish increasing education and awareness of COPD.

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

As a State Captain I hope to 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 would also like to work with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy, and participate and promote research opportunities to help find a cure.

My proudest COPD moment has been improving other's quality of life and happiness.

My inspiration to share is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We rise by lifting others”


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!