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Meet the Staff


Shawn Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation. Shawn Kirkpatrick comes to Bastrop from the Levelland Economic Development Corporation where he served as Executive Director from October 2011 to March 2015. He is a graduate of Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and is working on becoming a Certified Economic Developer. Shawn graduated from Tarleton State University with a Master of Science in Agriculture and Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics.  

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 project management, event coordination, budget and finances, and research. She is also the webmaster for the Bastrop EDC website.

Jean Riemenschneider became the full time Economic Development Coordinator at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation in October 2015. Her programs include 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. 

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.