Our People | Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar | Kansas City

Our People



Jax Chef de Cuisine Culley Freese has always wanted to be a chef (although he hasn’t quite given up on his dream of being a professional baseball player). While growing up in Fenton, Missouri, he learned the value of cooking from his great grandmother and from Boy Scout campouts. He’s cooked everywhere from Louisville, Kentucky to Northern Minnesota to Boston to and Columbia, Missouri before landing at Jax KC in 2020.


Culley loves just about everything about the kitchen life, from the camaraderie to the opportunity to learn about new techniques and ingredients. When he’s not working, you can find him running, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals, adding to his cereal collection, or crushing some toasted ravioli.



Hailing from Kansas, Jax GM Lisha Petty started out in the hospitality industry at a young age. She has held many different roles in the biz, including Managing Partner for Outback Steakhouse and National Trainer for Blooming Brands. Lisha has a passion for developing her employees’ skills and creating a cohesive team that works together to create an incredible experience for each and every guest.

When she’s not working, you can find Lisha grooving to some live blues, attending sporting events, or just relaxing with her boyfriend and cats.