Edith (Fernander) Byrd was born in Columbus Georgia, but spent most of her childhood in California and Utah.
She graduated high school from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg, California. Then received her Bachelors degree in Science and Human Services from University of Phoenix. She then went on to receive her masters from Argosy University in Professional Counseling and is now practicing as a licensed therapist and Executive Director of B.Y.R.D. House a nonprofit organization located in Newnan, GA.
Edith moved back to Georgia in 2005 when her eldest daughter was beginning college in 2005 at Oakwood University in Huntsville Alabama. Edith Byrd took a few years to then work on her Masters during this time and fell ill with Kidney failure. Since then God has restored her health and she is now doing what she loves best working with children and families. Edith has three children, Danielle, Danelle, and Timothy Byrd. If you were to ask her eldest daughter, Danielle who is now 29, about her mother she would say “my mother is very blessed and surrounded by people that love and admire her”. Her latest post on Facebook says, “My mom Edith is awesome! She’s been impacting the lives of young children for 30 years – hats off to you mom”. For those she has served she is known as “Mama Byrd”.
Some of Edith’s accomplishments are the Development of BYRD House, a residential program for teen girls in Salt Lake City Utah. Working with the Housing Authority of Newnan in their Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) helping participants achieve homeownership. Certified Counselor with National Board for Certified Counselors. Self Sufficiency Case Management Specialist and Service Coordination with Nan McKay. Who’s who National Executives. 2016 Professional Leadership/ Entrepreneur Award from West Central Georgia NANBPWC Inc. To name a few. B.Y.R.D. House is now accredited with Council on Accreditation (COA) since February 2015.
Edith’s prayer is that God continues to grant her the strength to continue with her mission of teaching children, adults and families how to love and respect themselves and live responsibly and respectfully in their communities.
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Bachelor of Science Human Services – University of Phoenix – 5/2005
Masters in Professional Counseling – Argosy University – 10/2008
LPC – License Professional Counselor
LAPC – License Associate Professional Counselor
NCC – National Certified Counselor
COA – Council on Accreditation 2/2015