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.

If you'd like to speak with a COPD Foundation Captain directly, please email and we will connect you with the Captain in your area of interest.

Nickole Hackney

Nickole Hackney Profile Photo Purcellville, VA

Hi, I live in beautiful northern Virginia and have a passion for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. I am a long time Respiratory Therapist with over 20 years of experience empowering individuals living with lung disease. Most recently, my career focus has been on COPD and empowering individuals in their COPD self-management journey.

As a Virginia State Captain, I am interested in advocating for individuals with COPD and supporting their best quality of life. I look forward to working with people living with COPD, their families, and engaging with elected officials to make an impact on COPD care.

I believe that “knowledge is power” and I enjoy sharing knowledge as a respiratory therapist and learning from others.


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!