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

Angela Coon

Angela Coon Profile Photo Asheville, NC

I have been a respiratory therapist for 15 years. I have worked hospital critical care and now am working with people using respiratory devices in their homes. I love helping people.

As a State Captain I hope to be of service by participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure , 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, recruiting new State Captains and volunteers ,raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events, hosting and participating in fundraisers to support my community, and writing about COPD to share my story and raise awareness.

I hope to raise the level of awareness that COPD does not have to be a life ender. If you take care of yourself, you can live better even with COPD.

My proudest COPD moment was helping my grandmother stop smoking. It is very difficult, but my grandmother proves it can be done with patience and understanding.

My inspirational quote is from my grandmother, “If you can't learn, you have got to feel”


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!