Schory: Where did you grow up?
Bert: South Side of Chicago
Schory: Do you have any pets?
Bert: My dog Maddie, a 12-year-old chocolate lab, just passed away.
Schory: Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Bert: Meryl Streep
Schory: First job?
Bert: I was a cashier at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. My father was an electrician there and he would take me on the weekends. It was a phenomenal first job. You got to see lots of diversity, lots of people, lots of cultures, and you learn a lot. It was a great job.
Schory: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Bert: I had three loves as a kid – teacher, social worker and nurse. I became a psychiatric nurse and a nurse instructor.
Schory: Favorite charity?
Bert: I support the core charities that the Geneva Women’s Club supports: CASA Kane County, Fox Valley Hands of Hope, Mutual Ground Inc., TriCity Family Services, Geneva District 304 and families and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center.
Schory: Favorite local restaurant?
Schory: What is an interesting fact about yourself?
Bert: I won the first public health nursing award in Nebraska for developing policies for healthy child care.