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Our People

"To Improve the Quality of Life for Those We Serve" As a mission-driven organization, Right at Home Bastrop is passionate about serving our clients, our caregivers, and our community. We are dedicated to outstanding customer service, and firmly believe that our exceptional caregivers are the best in the industry. Our highly selective hiring process is only the beginning for members of our care team, with individual mentoring, intensive monthly training opportunities, and robust benefits and advancement opportunities. This level of professionalism shows in the high quality, individualized care we provide our clients, and the collaboration and support we provide our partners in the community.

Kate VanBenthuysen | Administrator

Kate VanBenthuysen

Kate was born and raised in Central Minnesota before moving to Missouri for college. She graduated from William Woods University with her Bachelor’s Degree and moved down to Texas. After the move, Kate began working for Texas Health & Human Services where she determined eligibility for Medicaid programs. Though she found joy in helping people, it was heartbreaking to deny seniors who were unable qualify for the programs.

Knowing she wanted to do more for seniors, Kate left the State position and began working for Right at Home as the Marble Falls General Manager. Her favorite part of the new position was being hands on helping our seniors and their loved ones navigate the path of aging and needing additional care. With a lot of hard work and dedication she took the small satellite office and quickly grew it into a thriving branch. In March 2019, Kate was promoted to Right at Home’s Administrator, managing the office operations for the Austin West, San Marcos, Brenham, and Marble Falls offices. Her business philosophy focuses around teamwork and customer service, making her a great leader for the team. When Kate is not running around the office, she stays busy raising her 5 children and step children with the help of her husband. Together they love all things outdoors and spending lots of time on the highland lakes!

Anna Rose | Community Liaison

Anna Rose

I am the Community Liaison for Right at Home covering Austin, Marble Falls, Brenham, and San Marcos. Before making my transition to working with seniors at Right at Home, I worked with children on the Autism spectrum at an ABA therapy clinic. In both roles, I’ve had the opportunity to exercise my passion of helping families connect to the services and resources they need to support their loved ones through often difficult decisions and life changing transitions. I know how important it is to trust and feel confident in those you make referrals to, so I take every referral from our community partners to heart. Myself and the team at Right at Home promise to always do the absolute most that we can to provide high quality care to our clients and to create positive experiences to our clients, their families, and the other companies involved in their care. My mission is to be a reliable go-to-girl for not only Right at Home’s in-home caregiving services, but also to help navigate and connect professionals and families to other resources seniors may need. It truly takes a village to provide the best care possible for seniors, and our community's collaboration and teamwork is essential for in caring for and supporting our seniors.

Jason Kleinsmith | Operations Manager

Jason Kleinsmith, Operations Manager for Brenham, San Marcos, and Bastrop Right at Home offices

Jason was born in Portsmouth Virginia. He developed his passion for helping people when he cared for his older brother when his brother was in the late stages of life. After graduating from high school in 1997, he enlisted in the United States Navy as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator, Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Aircrewman. He did multiple deployments to many far-off countries where his lived by the Rescue Swimmer ethos of “So Others May Live”. He took part in Hurricane Katrina efforts. Jason was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 2008 and received his Bachelor’s degree doing online courses while at sea. As a Naval Officer, he continued to strive to help others participating in many relief efforts including the Haiti earth quake while onboard the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70. Jason retired from the Navy in 2019. After retirement, he has been supporting his wife in pursuing her Nursing career, which brought him to Brenham Texas. His continued passion for helping others brought him to Right at Home where he strives to ensure every client receive the very best care.

Lisa Mantellini | Client Care Manager

Lisa Mantellini

My Name is Lisa Mantellini, I have been in the health care field since 2005. I start my on my nursing classes while attending Alvin High School, I graduated and continued at Alvin community college. While attending college I also started working as a CNA where I completed my nursing clinicals. The plan was to become a nurse practitioner however my grandmother's health started to decline so I put my education on hold to tend to her needs. While helping her and working at the nursing home I gained a sense of fulfillment when working with the seniors. I enjoyed spending time with them, hearing their life stories and struggles that made them wiser in their golden years. I ventured off into other aspects of the Heath Care field and wanted to know and learn about all avenues, I have worked in nursing homes, mental hospitals, memory care units, hospice, home health and home care as a CNA/Caregiver. As a caregiver in the nursing homes, I came to see the reality of the lack of care a lot of residents would receive. Home Care became my passion, The importance of having a companion and caregiver they could trust with all aspects of life staying in their own home means a lot and defiantly improves their quality of life. I am proud to be a part of Right At Home and feel blessed to be a part of a family atmosphere that shares my same passion for our seniors.

Kyla Weess | Retention Specialist

Kyla Weess

Kyla’s caregiving career started when her daughter was a young child by becoming a CNA and matriculating into nursing school. Then an opportunity arose to be an account executive for a local radio station and Kyla’s sales career began. She spent many years selling advertising with radio, newspaper and internet. However, Kyla moved to Austin from Sherman, Texas to welcome her first grandchild into the world. She then accepted the opportunity to rejoin the senior care industry and started working with Right at Home in April of 2016. Kyla has a passion for taking care of the elderly and making sure both the client and their family are happy with the caregiver assigned to them. She is a past member of the Kiwanas Club, Business and Professional Women, and Texas Press Women. She has a daughter, Erica, who is a social worker for a local senior living facility, and a precious grandson, Dean, who is her heart.

Dusty Wadkins | Intake Specialist

Dusty Wadkins, Intake Specialist for Right at Home Austin, Brenham, San Marcos, Marble Falls, and Bastrop offices

As Intake Specialist her job is to use her passion for understanding people to create a safe space for communication between clients and agency. While effectively collaborating with all parties, Dusty’s objective is always people first. Person centered care is a philosophy ingrained in her heart as she works to build perspective around every client’s needs in addition to sharing resources and empowering them to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. As a single mom with a well rounded education and plenty of life experience she comes to Right At Home with compassion and a high standard of integrity that just can’t be underappreciated.

Shannon Powell | Payroll & Billing Specialist

Shannon Powell

Shannon retired in 2018 after working 35 years for the State of Texas as the Assistant to the Director of Psychology at a 24 hour residential facility for intellectually disabled individuals. Throughout her career with the state, Shannon was part of a team that strives to improves the quality of life for others. Working for Right at Home has allowed Shannon to continue her passion.

Daniela Jimenez | Recruiter

Daniela Jimenez

I'm Daniela, I was born in Medellín, Colombia. I'm on my last semester of environmental and industrial microbiology at the University of Antioquia, and also working with Right at Home as a recruiter. I love being outdoors with my family and Friends enjoying Medellín's beautiful landscapes, I love to Sing and spend time with my baby Cats.

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