Wayde Weston was born in Philadelphia in 1959 and grew up in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA. He attended schools in the Neshaminy school district and was a member of the first graduating class from Neshaminy Maple Point High School in 1977.
Wayde participated in a wide variety of musical activities in high school, playing in the marching and jazz bands, singing in the choir, and acting in plays and musicals. He was also an active member of Boy Scout Troop 19 and vice-president of the Langhorne Presbyterian Church youth group. In 1976 he was ordained as an Elder of the Langhorne Presbyterian Church; at the time, the youngest member of that church ever to be so ordained.
Following high school graduation, Wayde joined the US Army. He did basic training at Ft Dix, New Jersey; followed by advanced training as a Medical Laboratory Specialist at Ft Sam Houston, Texas. After completion of this training he was assigned to the 85th Combat Support Hospital, Ft Lee, Virginia.
“I really admired the soldiers I met while stationed with the 85th”, says Wayde. “Their dedication to the unit’s medical mission and to being prepared for action made a big impression on me as a young soldier. As a combat support hospital, our mission was to provide medical care for soldiers coming from the battlefield. Although we were not in a time of conflict, there were times when we were called upon to provide medical support for the post hospital. One year there was a severe flu outbreak on post and the hospital ran out of beds – we set up our mobile wards in the hospital parking lot and were able to provide the bed space and medical support needed to get through the outbreak.”
Following the completion of active military service in 1980, Wayde attended Haverford College to study biology. He graduated from Haverford in 1984 and attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, Wayde met his future wife, Cindy, working as a lab technician at the Wistar Institute. Wayde and Cindy married in 1989 and settled in Collegeville, where they’ve lived ever since.
Wayde graduated from Penn in 1990 with a PhD in Biology. He then went to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia to conduct research, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a member of the research faculty. In 1997 he left Jefferson for a position as a clinical research scientist at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). Wayde worked at GSK for nearly 20 years, taking on positions of increasing responsibility in clinical development, medical affairs, and regulatory affairs. In 2015, Wayde left GSK to take a position as a Director of Regulatory Affairs for Pfizer, and continues to work for Pfizer at their Collegeville offices.
Wayde and Cindy live in Collegeville with their daughter, Kate, a sophomore at Perkiomen Valley High School. Kate plays on the girls water polo team and enjoys tap and jazz dancing. Their son, William, graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 2012, studied criminal justice at the University of Maryland, and now attends Emory University Law School in Atlanta, GA.
Wayde says, “Looking back on my growing up years, one thing that really stands out for me is my incredible good fortune to have had such a first-rate public school education. In addition to the excellent academic programs, our schools provided experiences in music, in athletics, art, drama, even vocational training – the list goes on. It’s this experience that has made me a strong believer in public education, and inspires me to want to give other children a great educational experience like the one I had. Our kids have had a great experience in the Perkiomen Valley schools, and I see serving as a school board director as a way of ‘giving back’ to the community for this experience.”