Staff

Ashley's - Cinema - Hall - 7x10

Ashley Pax, Owner

Ashley PaxAshley Pax, the owner of Ashley’s Playhouse, has always had a vision to create a business that would allow her to engage with children on a daily basis. After getting her Masters in Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, Ashley worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young for several years before becoming the Revenue Accountant at HomeAway.com here in Austin. In early 2013, Ashley decided it was time to pursue her dream and began plans to open Ashley’s Playhouse, a magical place that kids will love and parents can trust. In addition to her passion for working with children, Ashley is active in her church, enjoys spending time with family and friends and is an avid runner. She is excited to open Ashley’s Playhouse and share the magic with children, their families, as well as her employees.

D’Andrea Turnley, Director

DeeD’Andrea (Dee) Turnley, the Director of Ashley’s Playhouse, has over 15 years of experience in the childcare industry. Her experience includes working in schools, daycares and spending over 10 years with Carnival Cruise Lines supervising their youth programs. Dee has her BS in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently working on her MBA at Concordia University. Recently, Dee decided to settle back down in Texas and now calls Austin her home. Along with her hobby of exploring Austin, Dee enjoys spending time with her family plus reading and telling stories to kids.

Kelly Knight, Manager

KellyKelly Knight is a manager at Ashley’s Playhouse. She has been working in the childcare industry for over seven years. Kelly has her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. She has always had a passion for working with young children and has known this was going to be her career path from a very young age. She volunteers with the children’s ministry at her church, enjoys babysitting, and loves spending time with her five nieces and nephews. Kelly grew up in St. Louis, MO and loves to travel there to visit family. Kelly is recently married. Her and her husband Daniel can’t wait to add to their family with their own little one in the next couple of years. Kelly enjoys baking, shopping, enjoying the outdoors, and hanging out with her two small dogs; Charlie and Mia.