Wade was first introduced to the field of environmental health through the employment by the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soils Technician in 1984. For one year responsibilities included soils mapping of Nassau County, Florida dairy waste lagoon design, and environmental/agricultural site management. At the same time, the State of Florida passed new legislation requiring the Florida Department of Health to implement the use of the USDA Soils classification system into the design of onsite sewage disposal systems, thus creating the need for experienced soils technicians. Over the last 20 years, Wade sought additional knowledge, skills and abilities as well as multiple certifications, which led to his current position of Environmental Health Director. For the last 22 years he has served the State of Florida within the Nassau County Health Department holding additional duties as Disaster Coordinator, Safety Coordinator, and the departments PIO. He is looking forward to establishing a private water lab in his department.