February 2024

Page A21 february 2024 ASSOCIATION NEWS FREE COT COVER! Magnum Mortuary Cot $1,59500 1,000 lb. Capacity Dressing Table $99500 Scale Included Scissor Lift $6,39500 Elite Mortuary Cot $1,29500 FREE COT COVER & FREE SLIDER BOARD Funeral Supply Store 1-800-392-2936 • www.funeralsupplystore.com Lasalle Mortuary Cot $1,49500 CHARLESTON,WV— Dr. Melissa A. Cyfers was introduced as the executive director of the West Virginia Funeral Directors and Crematory Operators Association by the president and board of directors, effective December 11, 2023. Dr. Cyfers brings with her a wealth of experience and a multifaceted skill set to the leadership team. She 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. Cyfers combines a strong academic foundation with practical expertise. Cyfers 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. Cyfers 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, Cyfers 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, Cyfers 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, Cyfers extends her influence to community engagement, serving as an educational consultant for the Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project, with a focus on youth tobacco prevention. Cyfers is a lifelong resident of West Virginia and currently resides in Huntington 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. Please welcome Cyfers to the association. The president is excited about their future and the direction in which the WVFDCOA can move under her leadership. Make plans to attend the Mid-Winter Meeting, February 7th in Charleston, where participants will be able to meet her in person. For more information, visit www.wvfdcoa.org. WVFDCOA Introduces New Executive Director Dr. Melissa A. Cyfers NEWS Association ADS Classified Online to place your Classified Ad — call 1-800-321-7479 or visit www.NomisPublications.com Like @Nomis.Publications Like us on