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

Sandi Roberts

Sandi Roberts Profile Photo Smithville, MS

As a respiratory therapist and the newest State Captain from Mississippi, I hope to encourage all with COPD to show them they can have a fulfilling life with this diagnosis. They can still do the things they love.

As a COPD advocate, I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness, and I have signed up for COPD360Social.

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

My proudest COPD moment has been seeing a patient who entered Pulmonary Rehab in a wheelchair and graduated by walking out and going home to putter around in his garden.

More about me, “I have been in Respiratory for 38 years. I am currently the Director of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Rehab coordinator at Monroe Regional Hospital”

My inspiration to share is, “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow" Mary Anne Radmacher


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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!