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

Debi Kealing

Debi Kealing Profile Photo The Woodlands, TX

As a caregiver for my husband with COPD, I hope to encourage others who find themselves in a caregiving role by giving them support and helping them as they care for their loved one. I would love to share my experiences so that others may benefit.

As a State Captain, I am interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources that help them live fuller, healthier lives as well as helping others understand the issues that face caregivers.

My proudest COPD moment was when my husband went to a fitness facility for the first time. He is on oxygen 24/7 and was determined not to let that deter him!

My inspiration to share is, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou


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!