Contact Information

Teresa Lona Program Support Specialist 100 Minuteman Pkwy
Frankfort KY 40601

Timothy Stinnett Volunteer Support Technician 100 Minuteman Pkwy
Frankfort KY 40601


Committee Leadership

Mr. D. Allen Youngman State Chair
Mr. Norman Arflack Vice Chair
Mr. Phil Miller Employer Outreach
Mr. Mike Richie Military Outreach
Ms. Judy Dillander Training
Mr. Harry Wiley Public Affairs
Mr. Bill Busby Ombudsman
Vacant Boss Lift Director
Mr. John Laughlin Awards
Kempton Baldridge Area 1 Chair
Mr. Larry Abel Area 2 Chair
Mr. Mike Majors Area 3 Chair
Mr. Ernie Pitt Area 4 Chair
Mr. Ralph Brown Area 5 Chair
Mr. Bill Roberts Area 6 Chair
Mr. Rodney Bell Area 7 Chair
Vacant Area 8 Chair
Mr. Paul Beane Area 9 Chair
Mr. Jim Allen Area 10 Chair


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.

In Kentucky, ESGR volunteers serve across the Commonwealth as area directors, ombudsmen, trainers, and members who visit with civic groups to tell the ESGR story. Other volunteers visit reserve and Guard installations and units to share USERRA information and tell them about the Kentucky Committee’s jobs efforts. Still others may be found handing out ESGR awards to businesses, assisting at job fairs and  doing a myriad of the “little things” that make our committee successful.

The Kentucky ESGR Committee is especially proud to have had two businesses from our state named Freedom Award recipients in 2013!

The committee posts ESGR information and, of great importance to the vast majority of visitors to this site, job openings for reservists and Guard personnel on its Facebook site. See link on the left side of this page.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer in Kentucky, please contact any of the three fulltime staff at the numbers listed on the left hand side of this web page.

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WASHINGTON (March 13) – Employers that support their military employees’ service make all the difference in the world.  That support can include paying an employee the difference between their military and civilian pay during a deployment, or even offering a full salary for the duration.  It can also be arranging for a US senator to be on hand for a farewell ceremony.  Some companies show their commitment by targeting military for hiring, while others set up military affinity groups to learn how to better serve their military employees.  Still others pitch in and simply make life easier for the families of deployed service members. Learn More.

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced today the 15 recipients of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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April 11, 2016Trucking industry pledges support for Guard, Reserve employees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 1, 2016) – Trucking industry companies from across the nation participated in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support signing event April 1 at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

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