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 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.
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.
Jaime Van Dan
Jaime Van Dan is a development services manager 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.
Sarah McClain Hassell
Sarah McClain Hassell is a development associate 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.