Darrick H. Byers, Founding Director
Darrick is an educator, artist, small business owner, and philanthropist. He leads the Byers Foundation with a strong conviction for environmental stewardship. He holds a MFA in visual art and design and a MS in elementary education. Darrick started The Byers Foundation as a vehicle for sharing knowledge and solutions.
Hannah K. Byers, Junior Director
Hannah joined The Byers Foundation in 2022. Often described as, "Wise beyond her years," Hannah brings real intellectual rigor and youthful vision, essential for cultivating the future direction of our initiatives. She studies at a project-based high school with a strong academic focus on environmental studies.
In 2016 Darrick left his career as a public school teacher to start The Byers Foundation, then called Learning Connections, INC. He never received any charitable donations. His for-profit company, a carbon-neutral manufacturing business, was also growing. This enabled The Byers Foundation to transition into a private foundation, with more flexibility in oversight and giving. To date, The Byers Foundation has funded the below projects:
+ Aviation Nation and Bartholomew Consolidated School District, RV-12 Airplane Build Club
+ Columbus Signature Academy Lincoln, Bartholomew Consolidated School District, Lego Robotics Club
+ Columbus Signature Academy Lincoln, Bartholomew Consolidated School District, STEM 3D Printer
+ Voyagers National Park Wolf Project
+ All of The Byers Foundation Initiatives