Contact Information

Scott Essex Volunteer Support Techician 5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix AZ 85008

Valerie Speltz Program Support Specialist 5636 E McDowell Road
Phoenix AZ 85008


Committee Leadership

Mr. Darren Venters State Chair Mrs. Rebecca Elliott
Ombudsman Director
Mr. Al Shipley State Vice Chair Mr. Anthony Morrison
Training Director
Mr. Larry Jacobs Northern Area Chair Mr. Ed Mangan
Military Outreach Director
Mr. John Chernoski
Southern Area Chair
Mr. Sven Olsen
Public Affairs Director
Mr. Dan Irving
Central Area Chair
Mrs. Sharon Spane
Employer Outreach Co-Director

Ms. Marci Rogers
Employer Outreach Co-Director


Welcome! Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (AZESGR) is a Department of Defense office dedicated to promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve. 

AZ ESGR is led and operated by a staff of 63 volunteers and four full time staff working throughout the Grand Canyon State to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), resolving conflicts through mediation, and connecting military service members and veterans with employment resources. 

The AZ ESGR committee strives to uphold the “We all Serve” motto by creating and maintaining relationships with Arizona employers and service members through programs such as Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Mediation, and Employment programs. Our mission is to assist both employers and reserve component members equally.

We welcome you to explore our website and invite you to contact us should you have any questions. Our volunteers come from all walks of life; therefore we welcome anyone interested in volunteering with the Arizona ESGR to contact us.


See All
June 08, 2017Tennessee ESGR State Chair Carl Lambert dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve State Chair Carl E. Lambert, age 71, died June 4.  He is preceded in death by parents Leslie and Sibble Lambert and sister Anna Sue Mead. 

Learn More.
June 03, 2017Salt River Project to receive 2017 FREEDOM Award
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Salt River Project has been recognized for the critical role it plays in our nation’s defense.  The Tempe utility company doesn’t manufacture tanks or warplanes.  It isn’t on the front lines of cyberwarfare.  It doesn’t ship troops to and from deployments. Learn More.

WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced today the 15 recipients of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  The award is the highest honor given to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

Learn More.