“Being a Man for Others was a theme set for me as far back as my high school years. It is a Jesuit tradition and I have tried to follow it ever since. To see others, often those in great need, attain the health services they needed has always been a rewarding experience, and I am happy to have played a role in that effort, albeit aided by many others.”
Helping those in need access health care has been the mission of Bert’s 41-year career in public health service, including 15 years as a Public Health Advisory for the Centers for Disease Control. He then worked in public health roles in the state of Missouri, and most recently served as Deputy Health Director in Kansas City until his retirement. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Public Health Association for the past 24 years. In retirement, he continues his commitment to health, serving as an instructor in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also currently serves on the board of directors for Swope Ridge Geriatric Center and the KC CARE Health Center, and as a member of the Rockhurst University/St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences Allied Health Advisory Committee and the University of Missouri MPH External Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the planning committee for the 2021 COVID-19 Memorial Event held at the National World War I Museum this spring. Bert and his wife Shelley have two children and six grandchildren.