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Meet the Staff

Angela Crossley Ferraez

Angela Crossley Ferraez is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation. Born and reared in Columbus, Mississippi, Angela graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She has worked in several industries and in a variety of roles throughout her career, including: Director of Development at the Mississippi University for Women, Founder and President of ABC Insurance Company, and Sales and Marketing Director for the computer and software companies BESCO and BTM Solutions. 

Named 2022 Business Woman of the Year by the Mississippi Business Journal, Angela previously served on the LINK’s Small Business Committee and on the Main Street Columbus Board of Directors. She has also served as Director of Women’s Ministries and a member of the Finance Committee at First Baptist Church in Columbus. Angela currently serves as treasurer of the MFMC District Music Festival, where she and her sister coordinate the Golden Triangle Music Festival each year. 

Angela has been married to Steve Ferraez for over three decades, and they have four grown sons, including one set of identical twins. They also have six granddaughters, including one set of identical twins. She still calls Columbus home even as her work is based out of Jackson, and she travels the state and beyond for MPB.

Lisa Lancaster

Lisa Lancaster is Director of Programs and Membership. She has worked for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and MPB Foundation in some capacity for 8 years. She began in the MPB business office, then moved to MPB Radio as the traffic manager. During that time she worked part-time for MPB Foundation with membership services and special events. She came on full-time with MPB Foundation in 2023. She is a native of Brandon, MS, and still resides there.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys playing on an amateur pool league, playing piano, singing on the worship team at Word of Life, and spending time with her family and friends, and her dog Trixie.

Sarah McClain Hassell

Sarah McClain Hassell is Development Services Manager with the MPB Foundation. Sarah McClain grew up in Newark, Ohio where she attended Newark High School. In 2022 she graduated from Mississippi State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Sarah McClain is working on her MA in  Communication Studies with a specialization in Organizational Leadership at The University of Alabama.

Her hobbies include spending time with her friends and family, reading, playing the violin, and watching her favorite movies and television shows.

Jaime Van Dan 

Jaime Van Dan is a Development Associate for the MPB Foundation. Jaime started her time at MPB as a volunteer in 2019. As a volunteer, she helped the Foundation with tasks, took call-ins for Gestalt Gardener, and participated in radio readings. She became an employee of the MPB Foundation in Spring 2020.

Jaime grew up in McComb, MS where she graduated from North Pike HighSchool and received her associate degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. 

Outside of work, Jaime spends her time playing tennis, piano, and video games. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Aaron. 

Bill Ellison

Bill Ellison is a musician and radio host based in Jackson, Mississippi. Bill, a vocalist, pianist and guitarist, has performed professionally for more than 30 years, playing all styles of music from bluegrass to jazz.

Bill currently plays guitar and sings in a trio with violinist Temperance Babcock and bassist Jeff Perkins. And, Bill plays piano once a week at the Fairview Inn in Jackson.

Since 1992, Bill has hosted Grassroots on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.  The show received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2010.

Bill grew up in Jackson and attended Jackson Public Schools.  He’s a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he studied broadcasting and music.  Bill has worked for radio and television stations in Jackson and Memphis during his 35-year broadcasting career in several capacities including news reporter, morning radio personality, and account executive and in management.  He’s currently in Member Relations for the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation. 

Jason Klein

Before joining the Foundation, he worked for Mississippi Public Broadcasting as Director of MPB Think Radio and MPB Music Radio, Klein has also worked in commercial radio broadcasting as Program Director and on-air personality in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Auburn University.