Bertis celebrated his 10th anniversary as a SAGE employee in August 2018. He was a volunteer for years prior to that. His degree is in Journalism and Communications/Advertising from the University of Florida, his home state. He spent many years in copy editing and advertising in print media at large corporations, newspapers, non-profits and advertising agencies. He even had his own publishing company in Florida, before moving to New York. He’s now been in the city for half his life. Bertis has been on the Board of Directors of the New York Association of Volunteer Administrators and co-founded a roundtable for volunteer managers working in the LGBTQ community.