Our People | Jax Fish House | Colorado Springs, CO

Our People


A native of Denver, Colorado, Chef Sheila Lucero owes her love of cooking to her father, an avid cook and food connoisseur. She fell in love with the wonderful and varied cuisines of South Florida while earning a degree in Biology and playing soccer at Florida International University and, bent on becoming a chef, she returned home to CO to enroll at the Colorado Art Institute. She then joined the outstanding opening crew of Jax Fish House in Denver and rose through the ranks to become Chef de Cuisine in 2002. Jax garnered widespread acclaim under her guidance, winning Best Seafood Restaurant in 5280 Magazine, Westword Magazine, City Search, and Rocky Mountain News. In 2009, she became the Executive Chef of Jax Fish House, and has since helped open additional and equally awesome Jax locations in Fort Collins, Glendale, Kansas City, and Colorado Springs.

Guided by a concern for the health of our oceans and the state of our global fish stocks, Sheila has spearheaded a sustainability program at Jax to ensure that the seafood we serve is not only good for our guests, but also for the world we live in. Seafood is delicious, and we want it to last forever!

Under her guidance, Jax has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, The Blue Ocean Institute, Fish Choice, and the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch among other sustainable seafood certification organizations to share important news in the ever changing world within our oceans. Due to her efforts, Jax Fish House is proud to be the first restaurant in Colorado to be certified by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. Sheila also serves on their Blue Ribbon Task Force, working with other chefs from around the country to learn and share the very latest information on the state of our global fish stocks as well as the most progressive use of seafood in our restaurants. In June 2017, she was invited to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress and lobby for several key environmental policies that are up for renewal. She also participated in the James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change in Burlington, VT.

Ever mindful of the fact that, though we make our living by what we get, we make our lives by what we give, Sheila has also donated her time and talents to numerous charity events such as The National Kidney Foundation Great Chefs of the West, The American Liver Foundation, Chefs Up Front (Share Our Strength), Do at the Zoo, and Project Angel Heart.

Johnathan Shankland


Manager Johnathan Shankland is a Colorado Springs native who got his start in the service industry in Boulder, Colorado while attending CU Boulder. He’s certainly worked his way up from his first job washing dishes for $3.25 an hour: After moving  back to the Springs in 1993, he opened Wiseguys Social Club (a project he’d later revisit as the 15C Club), and went on to work at the city’s most acclaimed dining destinations, including MacKenzie’s Chop House, The Broadmoor Resort, The Famous Steakhouse, and The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel. Johnathan has held almost every title in the biz, from sommelier and cellar manager to trainer to food salesman, and he joined the Jax family in summer of 2020 as General Manager.

He was named Colorado  Springs’ Bartender of the Year by The Gazette in 2005, has served on the board of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association, on the planning committee for Taste of Pikes Peak, and was appointed by the Colorado Springs City Council to serve as an advisor to the El Paso County Commissioners on local government food policy.

When he’s not manning the Jax ship, you can probably find Johnathan gardening, golfing, and spending time with his wife and children.