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.
Debra Kassoff (Director of Membership Engagement) is an ordained rabbi, Jewish educator, and former college writing instructor. Born in our nation’s capital and raised in nearby Columbia, Maryland, she never dreamed of becoming a professional fundraiser but rather spent most of her time as a child reading books, performing in plays and enjoying PBS television without ever considering how it got paid for.
With degrees in English from Williams College and Indiana University, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debra is rarely at a loss for words. She has enjoyed positions at the Institute for Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi, and at congregations in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Mississippi, before joining MPB Foundation in 2017. Debra also volunteers for MPB Think Radio, where she produces the weekly Arts Calendar. She continues to serve as rabbi of Hebrew Union Congregation in Greenville, Mississippi, a position she has held since 2010.
Debra finds inspiration, strength, and frequent amusement in her husband Alec Kassoff, their two daughters, and a cherished collection of human and feline friends.
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.
Lisa Lancaster has worked for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, the MPB Foundation, or both, for over four years. She began in the MPB business office and now works as traffic manager at MPB Radio while also assisting the Foundation with membership services and special events. Lisa’s hobbies include reading, knitting and crocheting, and making music. Lisa lives in Brandon, Mississippi, with her adorable dog, Buddy.
Jaime Lowe 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 for 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. Jaime is currently working on her MBA at William Carey University.
Outside of school and work, Jaime spends her time playing tennis, piano, and video games. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Aaron.