Meet Your COPD Foundation Captains!

COPD Foundation 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. If you are interested in joining our group of volunteers, click here.

Angie Brunkhardt

Angie Brunkhardt Profile Photo Haslet, Texas

As a respiratory therapist and the newest State Captain for Texas, I hope to accomplish broadening knowledge about COPD at state levels as well as in the community.

As a COPD advocate, I am a facilitator of a Better Breathers support group, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD and I have participated in community events to promote COPD awareness. In September, I will also be taking a course to become a smoking cessation facilitator.

As a State Captain, I am interested in working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy, connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, and raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events.

My proudest COPD moment was when I helped a COPD patient that was a chronic smoker to stop and get appropriate medical help, and helped teach them about COPD. They told me what a difference it made in their quality of life and thanked me for just caring.

My inspiration to share is, “Happiness is not by chance but by choice”

More about me, “I am an RRT with a BS in Health Studies. I have worked in critical care for 20+ years.”


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!