Lisa Whittlesey received her B.S. in Horticulture from Texas A&M University in 1989 with an emphasis in education and she received her Masters of Agriculture degree in Horticulture in 1990 from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Whittlesey has been employed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension since 1989 serving as coordinator of the horticulture training program at a Federal Prison Camp for female offenders from 1990-1998. In addition, she has provided extensive training programs for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and coordination of horticulture therapy programs at 2 drug treatment facilities. Since 1999, Mrs. Whittlesey was named as the Program Coordinator for the Junior Master Gardener program. Currently, the program operates throughout the United States internationally. Whittlesey’s primary area of extension programming is youth gardening, socio horticulture, and providing international leadership to the Junior Master Gardener program.
She is the author/co-author of nine award winning youth environmental curriculums and her horticulture work and expertise has been featured in popular press, national conferences, and other media outlets. Whittlesey supports the teaching program in the department by serving as a guest lecture for several undergraduate courses and is currently collaborating on multiple national and regional grant projects focused on the impact of Extension programs on youth academic achievement, health, and nutrition. Whittlesey has been recognized with the Award for Superior Service for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, recipient of the 2011 Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development and recipient of the 2011 National Excellence in Extension Award for the Southern Region through the Association of Public and Land Grand Universities.