Paul Walton, Owner/Administrator
Our owner and Site Administrator has B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, as well as a wide range of experience spanning multiple industry verticals. After college, Paul entered Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s management training program. This program is recognized as one of the premier management training programs in the nation. It was during his time in leadership roles with Enterprise Rent-a-Car (Assistant Manager, Branch Manager, Area Manager) and later positions within other industries (Regional Sales Manager and General Manager) that Paul recognized he is strongly motivated by the results of developing his employees. As the son of a retired hospice nurse of nearly 30 years, Paul’s mom instilled in him a strong desire to serve others. It is this desire that drove him to becoming a lifeguard, firefighter and first responder while he was in high school and college. Becoming an Independent Owner of an A Place At Home Franchise has allowed Paul the ability to give back and serve his community through the services they offer. As a business owner it also allows him the ability to develop employees and create new opportunity’s for his people as the business grows.
In his spare time Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Megan and two children, Keegan(daughter) and Declan(son). Paul and Megan have been married for almost 15 years. Megan has been an integral part in all of Paul’s successes including the launch of A Place At Home.
Mackenzie Kelly, Director of Operations/Alternate Administrator
Mackenzie Kelly is the Alternate Administrator and Director of Operations at A Place at Home where she is responsible for helping provide the best quality of care for her clients. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Mackenzie chose to pursue her passion for helping others from a young age. During high school, she became a Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA). After high school, she spent eight years serving as a firefighter at the Jollyville Fire Department and then two years in emergency management at Williamson County. She trained at the TEEX Fire Academy at Texas A&M University and in emergency management at the American Military University. These early experiences of guiding others through some of the darkest moments of their lives helped her to develop a strong and crucial ability to remain calm under pressure and to recognize the importance of being a team player and taking responsibility.
Mackenzie’s commitment to making a difference in her community and in the lives of others has helped her to earn many accolades. In 2012, she was personally appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. In 2016, she was appointed to the City of Austin Commission for Women by the Austin City Council. Her work in emergency management has also helped her to become a recognized fellow of the Emergency Management Academy. More recently, in 2018, Mackenzie was awarded with the Lauck Legacy Award from AGE of Central Texas for her outstanding commitment to helping the older population in Central Texas.
Mackenzie’s grandfather was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and she was there to see him through the transition to his end of life. Her family approached a home care agency at the time to get the right care for her grandfather and in turn discovered a valuable source of support. Her grandfather passed away on April 14, 2016, but the support and love she received from that agency helped her to later discover not just a job but a family.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Rebekah and her husband, Patrick, who are the loves of her life. You can frequently find the three of them playing video games, building lego statues, swimming, and fishing together.