Kelly Ayers, is an instructor for Forza Forensics and has over 18 years of experience as a forensic practitioner and educator. She has served as faculty in the West Virginia University Department of Forensic and Investigative Science as well as Director of the former Forensic Science Academy for Professionals. Kelly has additional instructional experience having been a continuing education curriculum developer and instructor for the WVU Forensic Science Initiative funded by the National Institute of Justice. During her time at WVU, Kelly has also presented overseas in China and for the Jordanian Judiciary in Amman, Jordan. Additional presentations have been given for attorneys to include the National Association of Attorneys General. Before coming back home to West Virginia, Kelly was a Forensic Services Technician III for the Asheville, North Carolina Police Department, responding to crime scenes ranging from simple property damage to multiple homicides. Kelly is currently the Investigator for the WVU Office of Student Conduct. In this role she works closely with local law enforcement to conduct investigations involving students that may be charged criminally, but also sanctioned through the University. Kelly also holds a secondary appointment as a Senior Lecturer in the WVU Department of Forensic and Investigative Science.



  • Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, International Association for Identification


  • Masters of Science, Forensic Science Administration

  • Bachelors of Science, Forensic Identification

  • Bachelors of Science, Philosophy & Biology double major


  • International Association for Identification

  • Chesapeake Bay Division of the IAI, Past President

  • The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases

Recent Presentations

  • “WVU Coed Murders” 104th Annual IAI Educational Conference, August 2019.

  • “Certified Crime Scene Investigator Test Prep”, Florida Division of the IAI Conference, October 2018.

  • “Observation Skills Workshop”, Florida Division of the IAI Conference, October 2018.

  • “WVU Coed Murders”, Florida Division of the IAI Conference, October 2018.

  • “CCSI Test Prep”, IAI Annual Educational Conference, San Antonio, TX

  • “Introduction to Forensic Investigations”, Shinnston, WV Police Department