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Meet Our Team

Our people are the foundation of everything we do with and for our clients. What unites us all is our passion for serving others, which is what we do each and every day.


  • Chuck McHale


    Chuck began his career with the family grocery business when he was 13 years old as a bagger and clean-up person. He continued to work in many different areas and departments throughout high school and college. Chuck assumed management responsibilities after his father’s passing. Over the years, Chuck changed the focus of the family business from a retail food market to off-premise catering and ultimately to on- and off-premise catering, currently operating seven of the area’s finest wedding reception venues.

    Fun facts
    Chuck and his wife of 31 years, Jan, have four children: three daughters and a son.
    He enjoys time on the beach, riding his tandem bike with Jan, taking his two dogs to the park and Sunday dinners on the deck with the whole family, dogs and granddogs.
    He and Jan are really excited about becoming real grandparents in May of 2020.
    Chuck loves UK basketball, boating, skiing (water & snow), scuba diving, music and attending concerts.
    His favorite band is Van Halen!
    He enjoys most ‘70s and ‘80s rock bands along with newer music like Train and Goo Goo Dolls.
  • Millie Woolwine

    Personnel Manager

    Millie has been in the wedding industry for over 45 years! She started on organ and piano, which led to her love for flowers, making cakes and onto being a server/bartender part time at McHale’s. Millie was then asked to take over the role of hall manager at the Grand, and 1.5 years later, became personnel manager. She loves her staff and tries to do anything to make it the easiest possible work scenario they could ask for.

    Fun facts
    Millie has been in the wedding industry since she was 14 years old.
    She is a pianist and organist and played for her first wedding on her church organ.
    Millie has two grandchildren; Jack is 11 years old and shares her trait of red hair, and Nora is two. They are the highlight of her life!

Event Planners

  • Lindsay Morris

    Sales Manager, Event Planner at The Center

    Lindsay has been with McHale’s since November of 2015. She has been in the wedding planning business for 18 years. Lindsay graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in theatre and dance. She started out in the business in food and beverage. Once she found her way in the event planning side of events, she fell in love with it. Lindsay loves getting to know her clients on a personal level to make their events more meaningful and memorable.

    Fun facts
    Has two dogs: a 13-year-old Pitt and a 6-year-old Boxer mix.
    Was once a ballet dancer.
  • Loren Wehrley

    Event Planner – Cincinnati Club

    Loren has been in the hospitality industry since 2016 where she began working in a restaurant. In 2017 she attended Cincinnati State Technical and Community College where she pursued a degree in Hospitality Management and found a passion for the Event planning side of the industry.

    Fun facts
    Loren loves spending her free time with her friends and family.
    She enjoys going on hikes and spending time outside.
  • Megan Cassiere

    Event Planner – Drees Pavilion & Devou Event Center

    Megan discovered her love for the hospitality industry when she began her career at McHale’s as an Event Planner in 2008. With a number of successes and a strong work ethic, Megan was soon promoted to the Sales Manager position. After seven years with McHale’s she was offered a Private Events Director position for a prestigious Country Club in Wilmington, NC. During this time she had the pleasure of working side by side celebrity chefs such as Emeril, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence, and Robert Irvine.

    Megan has returned to the Northern Kentucky Area and, thankfully, to McHale’s! You can trust that you will be in great hands with Megan planning your event, as she has coordinated over 700 weddings and more corporate events than she can count. She looks forward to working with you to help ensure that your event is a success!

    Fun facts
    Megan followed her dream of living at the beach and moved to Wrightsville Beach, NC.
    She lived on the Intracoastal and soaked in the salt life for seven amazing years.
    After starting a family, she moved back home to Northern Kentucky so she could raise her family, surrounded by family.
  • Tessie Warwick

    Event Planner – The Grand & Pinnacle Ballrooms

    Tessie started working in the catering business 11 years ago. She spent 8 years with a very well-known caterer in the Greater Cincinnati area as a Sous Chef. During that time, she earned a culinary degree and later went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University. She then decided to jump into the front of house operations and found her place with McHale’s.

    Tessie joined McHale’s as the Hall Manager of the Grand and Pinnacle Ballrooms, executing flawless events every weekend. After a few years, it was time to start a family. Tessie and her husband were blessed with a beautiful baby girl! Before returning to work, Tessie got the call to become an event planner for McHale’s, which she happily accepted. Tessie knows weddings and events inside and out and she is happy to help you plan your special occasion!

    Fun facts
    She loves spending time with her daughter, her husband, and their dog, Hazel.
    Met her husband in Culinary School. They both now work for McHale’s.
    Tessie is an avid coupon clipper! She loves getting the best deals.
  • Brent Baker

    Event Planner – The Cincinnati Club

    Brent has worked off and on in the planning business for about 20 years, 8 of those being with McHale’s. In addition to planning, she worked at pet stores for a total of 13 years and owned her own business for 5 years.

    Brent loves all kinds of food: American, Thai, Korean, Indian and most everything in between. She enjoys staying busy, helping people and being in nature. She is excited to work with you at the Cincinnati Club!

    Fun facts
    Brent currently has 6 cats

Culinary Team

  • Chris Weist

    Executive Chef

    Chef Chris, a native of Cincinnati, cut his culinary teeth at age 16, learning to cook steaks to temperature at a local restaurant. He then went on to graduate from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, worked under talented chefs from New York to California and spent time in Aspen and The Big Island of Hawaii.

    Chris has a great working knowledge of many types of cuisine and varied cooking techniques. Among his many accomplishments is cooking alongside Emeril Lagasse in Seymour, Indiana for his Food Network program “Kick your School Lunch Up a Notch.”

    Chris lived in Hawaii for two years, allowing him to get in touch with exotic ingredients that found their way to the back door on a daily basis, including fresh fruits and vegetables and, of course, the finest seafood, which he caught and cooked.

    For the last 18 years, Chris has been honing his skills on the road and delivering restaurant-quality food at varied locations, including catering in some of the finest homes for future presidents and many off-site events of various sizes.

    Fun facts
    He likes to spend time with his children ages 15 and 12.
    He likens gardening fresh herbs and visiting farmers markets.
  • Brittany Clarke

    Sous Chef

    Brittany grew up in a military home moving around a lot; she lived in California, Washington, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Brittany attended Westmoreland Community College in Pennsylvania, and she is the mother of two and enjoys cooking for large groups of people.

    Fun facts
    She and her husband have “Date Night” at the shooting range.
    Brittany enjoys sewing, crocheting, carpentry and gardening.
  • James Huelsman

    Sous Chef

    James has cooked professionally for over 30 years. He has been in and around great kitchens his entire life. James has had a lifelong passion for great food. His family is full of great cooks.

    Fun facts
    James is an avid photographer who loves to photograph animals, outdoor scenes and still life shots.
    He loves to spend his free time cooking and creating great food, listening to music, playing music and spending time with friends, family and his wife Sarah.
  • Brian Warwick

    Sous Chef

    Brian graduated from the Cincinnati State Culinary Program in 2011. He worked in various downtown Cincinnati restaurants for about two years honing his skills to enable him to land his first executive chef position in 2013 at the Dearborn Country Club. He worked there for three years. In 2016, he decided to move into catering and has been active in that field ever since.

    Fun facts
    Brian met his wife in culinary school.
    He is a huge Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds fan.
  • Marley Fuller

    Sous Chef

    Marley has been with the McHale’s team since high school. She has had many different jobs, starting as a dishwasher, then moving to server, where the chefs would let her help with appetizers and salads. Her love for creating food made her make a promise to herself to be a chef at McHale’s one day. She went to study culinary arts at Sullivan University, and after 12 years, she still loves every minute of working as one of the chefs. What she loves most about her job is that there isn’t a better feeling than hearing from a client that you had a part in making the best day of their life possible.

    Fun facts
    Marley loves reptiles and tarantulas! She had a few dogs and cats in the past, but nothing can beat her cold-blooded friends. She finds them fascinating, and there is always something new to learn.
    Some people may think she has too many pets, but she says there’s always room to grow!
    Marley also loves tabletop games! Her perfect night is sitting around with close friends and showing her competitive side.
  • Jackie Newman

    Sous Chef

    Jackie was born in Chicago, but due to his dad’s job, he and his family moved to many different states, including Texas, Arizona and Washington. At 15, Jackie started as a dishwasher at a café in Illinois. Due to his hard work ethic and drive, he worked his way up through the ranks. During this journey, he was fortunate enough to work with and learn from many culinary mentors. Jackie became an executive chef of a boutique hotel in Kentucky, creating many delicious house dishes, and he met many exciting guests.

    In 2003, Jackie moved to Northern Kentucky and worked at various restaurants in and around Mainstrausse. Jackie became the executive chef and director of food and beverage full service for Holiday Inn. Jackie met his wife there, and the opportunity to come work for McHale’s opened. Since 2017, he has been happy to call McHale’s his home, and he loves that he can do what he loves to do every day.

    Fun facts
    For five years, Jackie worked on the American Queen Steamboat. She was a cruise ship that sailed up and down the Mississippi River. Jackie prepared meals for both passengers and crew members. This enabled Jackie to see and visit many historical sites.
    Jackie is a huge sports fan. He loves baseball, and his favorite team is the Chicago Cubs.
  • Lisa Carter

    Wedding & Catering Designer

    Lisa’s career with the McHale’s family began in 1986 while pursuing degrees in business administration and marketing. In 1991, she accepted Chuck McHale’s challenge to help him expand the business into the wedding industry. Lisa has developed a diverse background in the industry from both a business aspect and hands-on in the kitchen and with banquet venues. She has done it all!

    The creative aspect of the catering industry is her favorite by far. Lisa enjoys everything from creating food displays to renovating and decorating the venues.

    Fun facts
    Lisa’s personal goal is to learn at least one new thing every day.
    She loves cake!

Hall Managers

  • Phyllis Davis

    Drees Hall Manager

    Phyllis has been catering to brides for over 30 years! As an original employee of the Town and Country Banquet Center, she was excited to join the McHale’s team in May 2002 when it became the Gardens of Park Hills. Phyllis has worn many hats throughout her career, filling many roles, from banquet manager to personnel manager to hall manager. Her current role as hall manager has proven to be a great asset to McHale’s, facilitating the smooth operation of flawless events.

    Fun facts
    Phyllis has five brothers and five sisters.
    She loves to travel!
    She and her husband particularly like cruises.
  • Jeremy Emanuel

    General Hall Manager

    Jeremy started working with McHale’s on New Year’s Eve in 2015. He was a banquet manager at many facilities, mainly the Grand. Shortly after, he was offered the position to manage all of our off-premise venues. He created our systems for all off-premise events and coordinated every event that was not at a facility we own or operate for a couple years. He has worked at just about every venue McHale’s has the pleasure of serving, and has learned a lot throughout this process.

    After his time as off-premise catering manager, he was offered the position of hall manager at the Grand Facility. He managed the facility and all events there for another couple years. This allowed him to focus on client satisfaction while still managing staff and all facility needs. Most recently, he was offered a promotion to assistant general manager. He now manages both the Grand Facility and the Cincinnati Club, making sure all needs are met for clients and staff at both facilities.

    Fun facts
    Jeremy has visited the entire continental United States.
    He had the distinct privilege of being the boss of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.
  • Jeannie Wirth

    Cincinnati Club Hall Manager

    Jeannie started in the banquet and catering business when she was just 14 years old working for Davis Catering at The Cincinnati Club. When McHale’s acquired The Cincinnati Club, Jeannie decided to come to work for McHale’s. She has become a strong member of our staff and says she is extremely happy working for McHale’s.

    Fun facts
    Jeannie has been an aerobic instructor for 33 years.
    She has been happily married for 35 years and has been blessed with four children.
  • Erin Kirry

    The Center Hall Manager

    Erin graduated from University of Cincinnati with a bachelors in Business Management. She has been in the event industry for over 10 years and is currently the Hall Manager at The Center.

    Erin is a huge animal lover and has one adopted son!

    Fun facts
    Erin is recently married!
    She enjoys kayaking and being outdoors.
  • Aaron Clayton

    Grand & Pinnacle Hall Manager

    Aaron has worked for McHale’s since March of 2016.  He started as a dishwasher, later training to be a server and quickly moved up the ranks to Banquet and Hall Manager at the Grand.  He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in December 2021 from the University of Kentucky and is currently working on his Masters Degree in Business with Northern Kentucky University.

    Aaron enjoys going on roadtrips to see new places with his friends and family. When he’s not on the road, you can find him watching his favorite tv show, The Expanse.

    Fun facts
    Aaron went to the NASP World Archery Tournament TWICE in high school!