is a non-profit organization under IRS code and was founded in 1973 by concerned citizens of Madison County. Contributions to Phoenix are deductible as charitable contributions.
Phoenix is governed by a 20-member volunteer board of directors comprised of business, professional and civic leaders who donate their time to oversee Phoenix programs. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) examines Phoenix programs in the areas of evaluation, adjustment, placement, governance and job coaching. This accreditation is representative of Phoenix's commitment to quality. Phoenix is a member agency of the United Way of Madison County, the Combined Federal Campaign, and the State Combined Campaign.
The Phoenix headquarters is a 50,000 sq. ft. facility built in 1986, located at 2939 Johnson Road between Triana Blvd. and Leeman Ferry Road, just west of John Hunt Park in Huntsville, Ala. Phoenix also has an office in Jackson County, Ala. Phoenix works closely with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services (ADRS), the Veterans Administration (VA), and the Alabama Department of Human Resources (ADHR) to provide comprehensive, continuous programs to assist persons who want to enter, remain or return to the work place.
Senior Members of Phoenix are:
H. Bryan Dodson
President and CEO. Also serves as President of Phoenix House. BS in Personnel Management and MBA. Retired U.S Army Reserve Officer and graduate of the US Army War College. With Phoenix since 1981. 256-704-0954
Senior Vice President/Phoenix and Vice President of Vocational Services/Phoenix Vocational Services. BA in Psychology, Masters in Administrative Science. Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Vocational Evaluator. With Phoenix since 1977. 256-319-7875
Judy H. Justice
Chief Financial Officer. Graduate of Athens State University with a BS degree in Business Administration. Previous positions at Phoenix: bookkeeper, accountant, Vice-President for Finance & Accounting, comptroller. With Phoenix since 1971. 256-319-7864
Vice President and General Manager of Phoenix Service. BS in Psychology. Previous positions at Phoenix: assistant production manager, quality control inspector, work adjustment counselor, work adjustment coordinator. With Phoenix since 1986. 256-319-7868
Vice President and General Manager of Phoenix Manufacturing. BS in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. With Phoenix since 2003. 256-319-7873.
Chief Human Resources Officer. BA in Psychology and Speech Communications from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia; Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. Certified as a Professional in Human Resources by Society for Human Resource Management. With Phoenix since 2006. 256-319-7869.
Director of Communications. BA in Communication from Oakwood University. Former columnist and editorial board member, The Huntsville Times. Currently, member of the Board of Contributors, USA Today. With Phoenix since 2009. 256-319-7872.
The roots of Phoenix reach back to the early 1950s, shortly after America was hit with the polio epidemic. In 1953, a group of concerned citizens, including the Huntsville Junior League and the Shiners, joined together to begin to provide physical rehabilitation services to children in the basement of the First Baptist Church.
The organization they founded associated with the Alabama Society of Crippled Children (now known as Alabama Easter Seals) and programs expanded to include services to adults. In the 1960s, the facility relocated to 316 Longwood Drive on land donated by the City of Huntsville.
In the 1970s, Phoenix Vocational Services was created to specialize in vocational rehabilitation, helping people with disabilities prepare for the world of work. As part of those programs, contracts were sought from local corporations to provide paid work for those individuals in a training status. In 1973, the U.S. Congress passed the Javits Wagner O’Day Act, now known as Ability One, that allowed the federal government to set aside the purchase of goods and services from non-profit organizations that employ persons with disabilities. Leaders of Phoenix Vocational Services recognized the opportunity this law provided to Huntsville, a community that is home to many federal agencies.
About the same time as the law was passed, Phoenix Vocational Services had an opportunity to purchase a building on Bob Wallace Avenue. However, local board members did not want the title to that property to belong to the State Association, so in December of 1973 they incorporated Phoenix to take title to that property. For about 10 years, Phoenix Vocational Services and Phoenix were overseen by separate, but cooperative, boards who worked jointly. Phoenix Vocational provided medical and vocational rehabilitation services and Phoenix provided jobs through its business called the Abilities Development Center.
In 1981, the business operation took the name Phoenix Manufacturing, a change designed to reflect that it was a self-supporting entity. Three years later, the decision was made by the local leadership to end its association with Alabama Easter Seals and to no longer provide medical services since they had become readily available throughout Madison County. Also in 1984, the vocational services programs were incorporated into the legal umbrella of Phoenix.