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Executive Director

For more than 40 years Dr. Renee Campbell practiced in the areas of education and social work.  Presently, Dr. Campbell is a Coordinator of the Online Social Work Field Program and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Campbell also provides coaching and classes on intentional antiracism, and diversity.  In the past 22 years she served as PresidentCEO of a human services organization.

Dr. Campbell has a rich background in community building as director of one of the first transitional programs in the United States.  Her practice includes teaching experience at numerous Colleges and Universities, and one of which is considered a leading University, according to US News and World Report.  Her work, interest and passion extend beyond our borders to Africa, where in 2005 she was appointed Sub-Chief by the Tolon Traditional Council in the village of Tolon, Ghana.  In Tolon she created, directed and facilitated life changing programs for women and families. In the Fall of 2019, Dr. Campbell founded and spearheaded the first educational scholarship program for marginalized Kindergarden through Eighth grade children.  Twenty-two children were provided school fees, supplies and uniforms.  As one of the founding Mothers of the Louisville Clothesline Project, she brought attention to the widespread abuse of women. Dr. Campbell’s experience includes spearheading, developing and implementing a program that brings attention to sexual assaults of women in Okinawa, Japan.


In July of 2018, Dr. Campbell received a certificate in Women’s Leadership from Cornell University.  Dr. Campbell is the proud recipient of the “Center for Women and Families - 2013 Women of Distinction Award.”  She was also recognized as a Muhammad Ali Daughter of Greatness, and was recently featured in “Who’s Who in African American Profiles, 2014, 2015, 2016, and in the book, “100 Fascinating Louisville Women.”  Complimenting all of her boards of director’s involvement, she participated as a board member of the Interfaith Path to Peace, is the Vice-President of Sister Cities of Louisville Board of Directors, and a member of the Kosair Charities, Face It Policy Team.  She continues her work as part of the Mary Byron Project board whose mission is to extend beyond crisis management, to attack the root causes of the epidemic of intimate partner violence, and she help build safer, healthier communities.


Dr. Campbell received a certificate in Women’s Leadership from Cornell University, and she has a passion for teaching, developing and promoting services that positively influence opportunities for healthy families, and issues of injustice all over the World.  Dr. Campbell considers herself a spiritual person.  She believes that individuals who deem  themselves successful have a responsibility to “reach out and help others along the way.”

Dr. Elizabeth Garcia-Janis

FOUNDER OF PHOENIX GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION

Dr. Garcia-Janis is the founder of Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation. 

Dr. Garcia-Janis is a double board certified child and adult psychiatrist who has been practicing Psychiatry for about 40 years. She was the Medical Director of the Community Mental Health of Ottawa County in Holland, Michigan where she worked with those who have severe co-occurring disorders including Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) patients. She also worked with the CMH patients in Jail  in Ottawa County.


Dr. Garcia-Janis  was also the Chief Medical Officer of the Child Psychiatric Services of a large comprehensive mental health organization – Seven Counties Services, Inc.,  for 15 years.  Dr. Garcia-Janis helped jump-start multiple programs which included the School-based Services and the Lighthouse Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Residential Center when she worked at the Seven Counties Services, Inc. In Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr Garcia-Janis worked with refugees, evacuees and displaced people and had been intensively involved in volunteer short term disaster relief work in various parts of the world for many years (i.e. Tsunami in Thailand; Katrina hurricane relief of evacuees in Texas; Mt Pinatubo volcanic eruption in the Philippines; clean water for the world projects in Africa; Nicaraguan refugees in Alajuelita, Costa Rica).

She also served administratively as medical director for various agencies and hospitals.

She was the only psychiatrist in the Pine Ridge reservation serving a population of 40,000 Native American Lakotas. She worked in Pine Ridge as a response to a tribal emergency declared by the tribal president at the time because of an inordinate number of cluster youth suicides in the reservation. Dr. Garcia-Janis facilitated the beginning of Tele-Psychiatry in Pine Ridge Hospital to help reach the more remote areas of the reservation. She also helped develop the School-based services there to help reduce the acuity of the students who were experiencing dual-diagnosis, depression and suicidality.

She was awarded the American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Fellow Award. Dr. Garcia-Janis was also awarded “Physician of the Year – 2009” by the Medi-Star Medical News in Louisville, Kentucky for her community service.  She was selected as Top Psychiatrist 2013 by the organization Leading Psychiatrists of the World. She received awards for her local and global humanitarian relief efforts.

Dr. Garcia-Janis published two books: Utmost (co-authored) and Your Compassionate Nature. 

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Dr Garcia-Janis is presently based in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and continues to work as a Tele-psychiatrist serving people in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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A Message From The Founder

The Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation was born based on ideals of serving those who are most in need, that a small group of thoughtful and committed people can make a difference, and that the sheer essence of love of mankind is to help those who are experiencing disasters, losses and tragedies.

After having done volunteer short term medical missions in various parts of the world, it became a spiritual imperative for me to consolidate and cultivate these ideals, and thus, the Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation was created.  The Phoenix is a mythological healing symbol of hope, of rising from the ashes of despair only to consequently give beautiful light, love and compassion to our world.

Coming from a huge close-knit family from the Philippines, I had experienced a lot of joy, love and a sense of belonging.  However, the opposite was also true.  I had also experienced a lot of losses, tragedies, and had been in disasters like earthquakes, floods, typhoons.  Having gone through all that gave me the sense of empathy and compassion for those in dire need.  Serving others who are going through these challenges became a life purpose for me.

It became clear to me that in my desire to do what is in the best interest of a greater good, I had to partner with like – minded humanitarian leaders like Dr. Renee Campbell, who is now the current CEO of the Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation.  She is a brilliant, dedicated and big-hearted woman who sees education, community development and positive actions as the best tools in helping those who suffer.  She serves as an extraordinarily dignified voice in the midst of those who feel voiceless.  We both believe in the empowerment of people to help themselves overcome even the most difficult scenarios. We both share the mission of helping those who suffer disasters, losses and tragedies. 

As a Child and Adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing for almost 40 years, I have witnessed the incredible pain people have suffered physically, emotionally, psychologically and even spiritually.  I have also witnessed the heartwarming resilience, strength and indomitable spirits of those who worked so hard in surviving what may seem to be impossible life circumstances.  These amazingly resilient people who eventually use their experiences to help others – I call them the Phoenix Miracle people.

My hope is that the mission of Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation inspires you in some way to find it in your heart to help those who are suffering locally and globally.  Like the Phoenix, may you rise as far as you can to give hope, light, love and compassion for our world.

Respectfully,

Elizabeth A. Garcia-Janis, MD, DFAPA