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Bobbi Ferrell has lived in Ripley her whole life. Some might recognize her as Bobbi Boggess. She has two amazing children, Colby and Lacey. She was elected to
the Jackson County Board of Education in May of 2016 and took office on July 1, 2016. Bobbi attended Ripley Elementary School, Ripley Middle School, and is an alumni of Ripley High School. Bobbi attended one year at Marshall University and one year at the University of Kentucky. After realizing she did not like the big school settings she ended up at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and graduated with her associate degree in dental hygiene. Bobbi practiced dental hygiene at a local dentist office for several years before devoting all her time to her children and building a family business. Currently Ms. Ferrell is the owner of BLC, LLC, which is a limited liability corporation that manages real estate properties, she is a member of the City of Ripley Event Committee, serves on the City of Ripley Utility Board, and is on the City of Ripley Parks and Recreation Committee. Bobbi is a member of Epworth United Methodist Church and is very active in the youth program. Bobbi is very proud to be from Jackson County and is extremely excited to be serving the people of Jackson County.
WV Extension Service Representative
Jim Frazier began his career in education with a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. While teaching and coaching in a variety of positions, he earned his Master’s in Administration from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and proceeded to serve as a school principal for twenty-four years, retiring in 2013. Mr. Frazier continues to use his administrative experience not only on the Jackson County Board of Education but also on the Board of Directors of Copeland Health Systems. Jim and his wife, Kathy, also a retired educator, have three grown
daughters, all graduates of Ravenswood High School. They spend much of their time enjoying their five lively grandchildren. Jim hopes to use his past experiences,
professional and personal, to help all children in Jackson County Schools.
Steve Chancey has been a member of the Jackson County Board of Education for
35 years. He retired as Business Manager of Ironworkers Local 787 in 2002. Since
retirement he enjoys participating in the Read Aloud Program and spending time with his
grandchildren. He is a former president of the West Virginia School Boards Association.
Roane Jackson Technical Center Rep.
Dan Barnette is a 1970 graduate of Ripley High School. After high school graduation he attended Potomac State College for two years then transferred to Glenville State College to complete his degree in Social Studies and Driver’s Education. In 1976, he began teaching for Jackson County Schools and remained there for 35 years. He was named Ripley High School Teacher of the Year in 2004-2005. He retired on June 30, 2011. Mr. Barnette was elected to the Jackson County Board of Education in 2018. He resides in Given, WV, with Sandy his wife of 42 years. They have two children Ashley and Landon, and five grandchildren, Joah, Jase, Carson, Adelyn and Violet. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and working on his farm.
Mize, Dr. Ben
Ben has lived in Jackson County since 1993, when he and his wife purchased the optometric practice of Charles Kelly in Ravenswood. Ben is a 1985 graduate of DuPont High School, attended Marshall University before receiving his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1993 from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Dr. Mize and his wife Christie have three children; Jesse, Cari and Josh. In his free time, Ben enjoys traveling and going to sporting events. The Mizes are members of the First Baptist Church of Ravenswood and enjoy spending time with their church family.