Sydney Greenwalt | Owner/Administrator
Sydney Greenwalt initially began her career as an Interior Designer in 2012 when she received her BFA in Interior Design. Sydney worked on several residential design projects that included renovations to accommodate elderly and disabled. In 2014, Sydney started a new path as HR Manager for Right at Home in Galveston, Texas – owned by Sydney’s mother, Kristen Carlson. Although Sydney enjoyed design work, her passion was for helping others, and her family’s experience with in-home care is a personal one.
In the early 2000’s, my great-aunt was in her 90’s and living home alone. My parents and I interviewed several companies in the area and no one seemed focused on providing the best quality care for my great-aunt (Fifi). We would ask if Fifi could meet the caregiver beforehand to make sure they were a good fit – after all, they would be providing bathing and seeing her naked. One company in particular said they would not allow this and would simply send someone. Needless to say, we did not choose a provider. My family provided the care ourselves, and Fifi was able to live independently at home until she passed away. Fifi became the inspiration for Sydney’s mom to open a Right at Home.
Sydney worked for Right at Home of Greater Galveston for several years, eventually moving into office management. In March of 2016, Sydney and Terry, purchased their own Right at Home in North Austin. Sydney currently serves on the Franchise Advisory Council for the Right at Home Franchise System and is actively engaged in the community. They continue to provide the right care, for the right reasons for all clients and caregivers.
Onika Reyes | Client Care/Alternate Administrator
Onika joined the Right at Home team in Northwest Houston two years ago. She initially worked as a caregiver with a long-time client of theirs, then took on an office role at the Northwest Houston office. She has always had a special place in her heart for working with the those in the elderly community. Onika had her own personal experience as a caregiver for her father before he passed from health complications. Although Onika's father was on hospice, the family could have benefited so much from having an in-home care company to provide additional support. Knowing that, she chose to work with Right at Home because she wanted to make a difference for others in similar situations.
“It is rewarding to work for a company where the work you do every day positively impacts the daily lives of others. I also really enjoy the people I work with and admire their dedication to the clients. Really, they treat the clients like family and go above and beyond for them. That makes it a great company to be a part of."
This summer, her family moved to Austin after her significant other was promoted and transferred with Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. This brought Onika to Round Rock, and to the Hill Country/ Williamson County Right at Home. The move could not have happened at a better time, not only for Right at Home, but for her personally. Onika always sticks to two quotes that her father used to refer to often, "Things always happen for a reason" and "When there is a will, there is a way". With a new baby on the way, and leaving family behind in Houston, moving to Austin was nerve-racking. However, having an opportunity with a growing team in a rewarding field with a successful company reminds Onika that this is the "reason". Things have truly fallen into place for Onika right on time at Right at Home.
In her current role as Assistant Care Coordinator, Onika assists wherever she is needed whether it be with clients, or caregivers. Onika enjoys talking to families and guiding them through the process of providing in home care for their loved ones. Though this field is extremely rewarding, it is not always easy, but when there is a will, there is a way. Onika truly believes the caregivers are the company; without them there wouldn't be a Right at Home. Onika enjoys assisting the caregivers find the way through the challenges they may face out in the field, and in turn, rewarding them for all their hard work with all our clients we care for. It takes a special type of person to be a caregiver, and Onika believes it’s so great to be a part of a company that has such exceptional team members. If my family had the knowledge of the resources we could have benefited from for my father, we would have chosen Right at Home.
In Onika’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She has a young daughter that she loves to take to the park and do arts and crafts with her. She also really enjoys baking and cooking new recipes. You never know, if you stop by the office you may be lucky enough to get a taste of some home-baked goods!
Keysha Friar | Director of Employee Relations
Keysha spent majority of her professional career in Human Resources for some of the major corporations in the Austin area. She has worked in all areas of HR, but specialized in Onboarding, Employee Relations and Benefits for more than 20 years. When her parents’ health began to decline, she decided to leave the workforce and become their primary caregiver after relocating them to Austin. While researching available services for her parents, she realized that most people, such as herself, didn’t know where to start. After months of phone calls, evaluations, and applications to get care for her parents, Keysha finally found the right fit. After a year, her father suffered a stroke and his condition took a turn for the worse and passed away a few months later. As part of her healing process, she accepted an intake coordinator role at a hospice company to help guide families during their difficult time. While working at the hospice company, Keysha had the opportunity to partner with Right at Home by referring to them families in need. Shortly after, she felt they were a perfect fit for her personal growth and decided to join the team.
In Keysha’s current role, her main goal is to educate the community on services available for their loved ones and assist in making their day-to-day just a little easier. She has the experience from both sides of needing the care of a loved one and providing care for those in need. She finds comfort in knowing she has helped a family with caregiving needs. Keysha feels blessed to be a part of a team that is in it for all the right reasons and places the needs of the client first. While she is still the primary caregiver for her mother, she is confident she would choose Right at Home to care for her mom.
Abby Fisher | Assistant Care Coordinator
In my senior year of high school, I took a college course for fun with some friends to become a CNA. Little did I know that I would find a passion for caring for others through this. I started my career with Right at Home in Kansas as a caregiver in 2017. In 2020, I moved to Austin to be closer to family which is when I transferred to Right at Home Hill Country and continued working as a caregiver. Recently I was offered a position in the office to provide additional office support. Right at Home has provided me with great opportunities, a meaningful career, and has allowed me to form great relationships. I choose to work for Right at Home because I believe in our mission to provide the best quality care for our clients and support our caregivers.
Kyree | President of Team Spirit
I like showing our caregivers that they are important for our clients. My job is to motivate them to provide care because we could not do it without them. I like to make gifts for them to show our appreciation. I wrote them several letters during the pandemic, and recently made my own batch of relaxing body sugar scrubs...for our heroes in scrubs!