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

Robin Hudson

Robin Hudson Profile Photo Lebanon, TN

As a medical provider and caregiver, and the newest State Captain from Tennessee, I hope to accomplish increasing awareness and helping as many COPD patients as possible.

As a COPD advocate, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD, I have written about COPD in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication, and have joined COPD360social.

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 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 to write about COPD to share my story and help raise awareness.

My proudest COPD moment has been presenting my COPD project to the VA.

My inspiration to share is, “Just breathe”

More about me, “I am an RN and work for the VA. My greatest hope is to give all COPD patients the best possible lives for as long as possible”


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!