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.

Loretta Anderson

Loretta Anderson Profile Photo Arkadelphia, AR

I am a passionate respiratory therapist with a decade of experience and excited to volunteer as a COPD Captain. My inspiration for this role comes from watching my grandfather's battle with COPD, which has left me with a deep sense of compassion for those facing similar challenges.

As a COPD Captain, I aim to raise awareness in my community and empower individuals living with COPD. I firmly believe that understanding the disease and learning to self-manage are crucial steps toward improving the quality of life for those affected.

One of my most cherished childhood memories is walking with my grandfather, who took proactive steps to exercise his lungs after his COPD diagnosis. Witnessing his determination and responsibility was truly inspiring.

"Don't forget to breathe! In and out!" – This Sesame Street quote serves as my favorite piece of advice and a guiding principle in my role as a respiratory therapist. I aim to instill this mindfulness in those I assist as a COPD Captain in Arkansas. Leveraging my expertise as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Critical Care Specialist, I hope to create a sense of community and empowerment among those impacted by COPD in Arkansas. Together, we will face the challenges, one breath at a time.


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!