OUR TEAM

Brian McKenna

CEO/Artistic Director

Thomas Westfall

General Manager

Thomas brings nearly 30 years of restaurant and hospitality management experience to The Jewell. He has held management positions with several companies in the Boston area and most recently was in executive management positions with the Country Club of Lincoln, Hillcrest Country Club, The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge and The Nebraska Club.

In addition to his hospitality management experience, Tom has an extensive background in music. He holds his Graduate Degree in Voice from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and has performed with many companies including the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, St. Louis Opera Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera and the Lincoln Symphony.

Monique Alexander

Assistant General Manager

Monique Alexander is from Omaha Nebraska born and raised so she is no stranger to the rich jazz culture here but her passion for music runs thru her blood. She comes from a long line of musicians and singers. She is the great, great, great niece of  The late Duke Ellington. An experienced manager, She has worked in management in Restaurant/Retail industry for 13 years, gaining experience in exceptional customer service and business skills. She holds a Associates Degree in Human Services with a minor in Business Management from Metropolitan Community College, also a Manager ServSafe Certification. Monique has been honored with the leadership award from ServSafe from 2014 – 2017.  Additionally she volunteers with Omaha United For Youth a local non profit organization. Outside of the Office Monique takes pride in spending time with her family, attending sporting events and writing poetry. Her Favorite Saying is “Grow through What You Go Through.”

Tyler Chickinelli

Bar Manager

Tyler Chickinelli was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He has grown, and worked in the Omaha art and food scenes for the past 10 years, and has fostered a passion for Omaha, in both the food, and music scenes. Outside of the service industry, Tyler has displayed art in many galleries outside the United States, and has a passion for bringing art, food, music, and drinks, together to create a great experience for our guests.

Charlie Ames

Front of House Engineer
A songwriter and musician himself, Charlie Ames began to record and write songs at a young age, often with his father; it was this early inspiration that eventually influenced a career in audio production, both in the studio and on stage. With a passion for high-fidelity mixing, Charlie is dedicated to providing an amazing sonic experience at The Jewell. Alongside his years of hands-on experience working in the field, Charlie also studied Audio Recording Arts and Music Technology from Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and is an honors-graduate from The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio.