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

Ochuko Ojameruaye

Ochuko Ojameruaye Profile Photo Phoenix, Arizona

As the newest physical therapist and State Captain for Arizona, I hope to accomplish promoting rehabilitative services in underserved and rural populations.

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, participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure, and raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events. I would also like to recruit new State Captains and volunteers.

My proudest COPD moment is watching patients progress to greater levels of function.

My inspiration to share is. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love”.


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!