Craig Tisher, M.D.
Director, Wilmot Gardens
Dr. Tisher was awarded his M. D. degree in 1961 from Washington University of St. Louis. After completion of his internal medicine training at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and at the University of Washington in Seattle, he pursued his fellowship training in nephrology at the University of Washington. Dr. Tisher served for three years in the military at the Walter Reed General Hospital and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D. C., before he joined the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine in 1969.
In 1980, he accepted an appointment as professor of medicine and pathology and chief of the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation at the University of Florida. Dr. Tisher is recognized both nationally and internationally for his writings and research in renal anatomy, pathology and physiology. He served as editor of the premier journal of the American Society of Nephrology and is a past president of American Society of Nephrology.
In January 1998, Dr. Tisher accepted an appointment as senior associate dean in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. In April 2002, Dr. Tisher was named interim dean of the College of Medicine and in September 2002 he was named dean of the College of Medicine at the UF. Following his tenure as dean and then as associate vice president for program development at the University of Florida, Tisher was named professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine at UF. Having helped preserve the gardens during his tenure as dean, Tisher remains a tireless advocate for and leader of Wilmot Gardens, as its current director.
Elizabeth “Leah” Diehl, RLA, HTM
Director of Therapeutic Horticulture, Wilmot Gardens
Elizabeth (Leah) Diehl, RLA, HTM is director of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Gardens at the University of Florida. She is a licensed landscape architect, a master gardener and a registered horticultural therapist. She has bachelor’s degrees in both architecture and art history from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Leah began her work in horticultural therapy in Chicago in 1993, where she started a therapeutic and pre-vocational program for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities at Misericordia Home. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture from 1999-2014. Leah has taught landscape architecture, horticulture and horticultural therapy courses at several universities and colleges and has published more than 20 papers on horticultural therapy and therapeutic landscapes, including a chapter on healing gardens in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She has provided numerous presentations on people-plant interactions in the U.S. and abroad.
Business Manager, Wilmot Gardens
Bailey Hillman proudly serves as the business manager for Wilmot Gardens at the University of Florida. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in studio art, she returned to her hometown of Gainesville, Florida. In addition to her work at Wilmot Gardens, she and her partner operate their family-owned landscaping business, Naturally Green Landscape Design, in the Gainesville area. Bailey is also a registered yoga instructor, holding an RYT200 designation. As an avid hiker, lover of the outdoors and artist, Bailey believes strongly in the connection between nature and well-being and finds fulfillment in her work at Wilmot Gardens.
Gardener, Wilmot Gardens
Steve Pritchett is the primary gardener at Wilmot Gardens. He spends his days tending flowers, plants and trees and generally maintaining the 4.8-acre property. Steve is a writer and artist who enjoys his time in the garden immensely for the calming effect of nature and the people he encounters. He believes in the purpose of Wilmot Gardens, to provide a place of quiet contemplation and reflection for those seeking treatment or for their loved ones who may simply need a place to sit and rest.
Jennifer Weis, M.S., C.P.C.
ASD Program Coordinator, Wilmot Gardens
Jennifer Weis, M.S, C.P.C. is coordinator of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Job Skills Training Program at Wilmot Gardens at the University of Florida, as well as a psychotherapist and a certified professional life coach. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Canisius College. In 1994, she began providing counseling and therapy services to adolescents through juvenile justice and school systems. She then opened a private practice in Gainesville where she provides therapy, guidance, and support to adolescents and young adults to assist in successfully confronting challenging life transitions. Jennifer has over 20 years of therapy experience extending from individuals to groups in educational, penitentiary and community settings. Her therapeutic specialties focus on assisting individuals on the autism spectrum as well as with youth who have learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Her varied background and training in counseling education and as a certified professional life coach, provides a unique expertise to help individuals transform their lives to create the dynamic experiences they envision, while carving out their own paths toward independence into adulthood.