Contact Information

Christine Deveau Volunteer Support Technician 14 Minuteman Lane
Wellesley MA 02481

William Valliere Program Support Specialist 2 Randolph Road
Hanscom AFB MA 01731


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Committee Leadership

Mr. Earl Bonett State Chair Mr. Paul Desmond
Training Director
Mr. Paul Zbikowski Vice Chair Mr. Dan Early Military Outreach Director
Mrs. Joan Bennett
Essex/Middlesex County Chair
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. Tony Ingrisano Worcester County Chair
Mr. Rick Bedell Ombudsman Director
Mr. Bill Hebert Western MA Chair
Mr. Don Ferrell Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Pelose Suffolk/Norfolk County Chair
Mr. Jay Hellman Employment Initiative Program Director
Mr. Robert Pomeroy Plymouth/Bristol Counties/Cape 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.

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May 23, 2017Department of Defense selects Craig McKinley as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense selected Craig McKinley to become the new national chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. McKinley will assume his new position June 1.

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May 01, 2017Massachusetts ESGR participates in Westfield State University open house

WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Massachusetts Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee was one of the military support organizations invited to participate in Westfield State University’s Veteran and Military Center Open House April 29.

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April 04, 2017Massachusetts ESGR volunteers staff booth at 58th Annual Frank Maratta’s Auto Show

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Massachusetts Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was among several military related organizations to have booths at the 58th Annual Frank Maratta’s Auto Show held at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield.

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