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Meet the Staff

Bastrop Economic Development has an incredible staff that is ready to help you walk through your location or expansion project here in Bastrop. Let us know how we can help you!

Mike Kamerlander
Executive Director
Mike Kamerlander, CEcD, is the Executive Director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation. He has nine years of economic development and marketing experience, most recently as the vice president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. He previously served as the director of business retention and expansion for the Austin Chamber of Commerce and was a policy analyst for the Texas Senate. Mike is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in government.
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Angela Ryan
Assistant Director
Angela Ryan is the Assistant Director at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, and has been with BEDC since October 2008. She has many years of experience in the administrative field, including four years at the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, Angela worked at Motorola for ten years. Her experience includes working as a civilian secretary for a command staff in the United States Army. Angela is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Bastrop EDC office, including event coordination, budget and finances, and research. She is also the webmaster for the Bastrop EDC website.
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Jean Riemenschneider
Project Manager, Education Workforce Coordinator
Jean Riemenschneider became full time at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation in October 2015. Her programs include Project Management, Business Recruitment, Education and Workforce Development & Training. Her experience includes 20 plus years of sales and customer retention as well as experience as a real estate assistant.
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Phallan Davis
Marketing & Communications Manager
Phallan Davis is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation. In her role, she leads an integrated internal and external communications strategy to advance BEDC's image and brand. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Baylor University. She is pursuing her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Innovation at Texas Tech University.
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Kathy Merrifield
Economic Development Assistant
Kathy Merrifield became the full-time Economic Development Assistant in October 2017. She came to us from Cleveland, Ohio, and brings with her many years of administrative experience gained working in the banking industry, ADP and the local school system. Kathy handles the day-to-day clerical responsibilities of the Bastrop EDC office, including acting as the office receptionist.
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