Melissa’s Corner 



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Dr. Melissa A. Cyfers, Executive Director of the West Virginia Funeral Directors and Crematory Operators Association. 

Dr. Cyfers holds a Doctorate in Education from Marshall University, a Masters in Biological Sciences from Clemson University, a Masters in Teaching from Liberty University, and a Bachelors in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Melissa combines a strong academic foundation with practical expertise. Melissa has nearly 30 years of experience as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, she has a diverse professional background in mortuary science, education, and leadership roles.

Melissa has served in many professional roles having previously served as the Managing Partner of Carriage Services, where she oversaw the daily operations of two funeral establishments, Melissa gained invaluable experience in budgeting, employee management, compliance, and community engagement. In the academic realm, she held roles such as Program Director and Chief Academic Officer at FINE Mortuary College. Additionally, Melissa contributed to education as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities to include Marshall University, instructing courses in Biology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology. In addition, she has been involved in consulting and contract work which includes initiatives such as conducting funeral home inspections, writing state board exams, and collaborating on educational resources. She has presented workshops and lectures on various topics, ranging from entrepreneurship in funeral homes to workplace safety. Committed to education, Melissa extends her influence to community engagement, serving as an Educational Consultant for the Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project, with a focus on youth tobacco prevention.

Melissa is a lifelong resident of West Virginia and currently resides in Huntington, WV with her husband, Terry and their two teenage daughters – Katelin and Zoe. She is a member of Grace Gospel Church. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends traveling and sight-seeing.

March 2023

Hello Association Members, Spring is coming quickly, and the 2023 Legislative Session has come to an end.  Legislatively our profession had only a few bills that would influence us.  HB 2006 will divide the DHHR into three separate divisions, how this will affect the O.C.M.E and Vital Registration remains to be seen. ...READ MORE


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Mid Winter Advocacy Summit Meeting  February 8, 2023 Charleston Marriott Town Center 9am to 5pm 125 for WVFDCOA MembersLegislative Reception to Follow at 7pm  Association and Legislative Updates Fire Extinguisher Training Workplace Hazards and Safety Disaster Planning Narcan Training Ethics Training...READ MORE


2023 Annual Convention

Join us in June of 2023 at the newest venue in town! June 5-6, 2023WVFDCOA Annual ConventionCharleston, WVHost Hotel: Charleston Marriott Town CenterVendors! You don’t want to miss this exhibit hall!Located in the capital city of West Virginia boasts the entertainment and convention centerpiece, theCharleston Coliseum...READ MORE


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Hello Association Members, Welcome to the second half of 2022!!!  We have all been through a lot over the last couple of years. Covid and all the extra loss, pain and work associated with a Pandemic, hard worked legislative sessions, our first sponsored Certified Crematory Operators course presentation,  exponential g...READ MORE


Certified Crematory Operators Class

The WVFDCOA will be hosting a Certified Crematory Operators Course on February 2, 2022 at the WV Funeral Directors and Crematory Operators Association’s office conference room. This class will be from 8am to 5pm. Lunch will be included and participants will meet the 8-hour minimum of classroom instruction to obtain th...READ MORE

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