After receiving a BA at the University of Texas and a MA from Louisiana State University Kristie worked in Texas as a high school English teacher, eventually returning to school herself to complete a MEd from the University of Houston. On the verge of completing her PhD in psychology, the responsibilities of motherhood eventually crushed her career hopes and dreams. Seeking fulfillment in other areas, Kristie became involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, one of which led to her joining the board of directors at Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston, Texas, of which she has been a member since 2010. Prior to moving to Jackson in 2015, Kristie became involved with many local organizations and now that she lives in Jackson year-round, she has joined the Board of Directors of both the Animal Adoption Center and Teton Science School. In spite of multiple family allergies, the Wades have had a cat, and a plethora of rescue hound dogs. Kristie lives on the Westbank with her family and their pack of ill-behaved juvenile delinquent hounds. If you are walking your dog along the levee and you hear excessive barking coming from one of the nearby homes, you’re probably at Kristie’s home.