Contact Information

Kim Brouillet Program Support Technician Ben Franklin Center, Arden Hills Army Training Site 1536 Ben Franklin Dr.
Arden Hills MN 55112

Eric Rolstad Program Support Specialist 15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345


Committee Leadership

Mr. Nick Ostapenko State Chair Mr.Paul Monteen Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. Tom Simonet State Vice Chair Mr. Mike Bellos Director, Military Outreach
Ms. Lois Robinson Region 1 Chair Mr. John Kingrey/Mr. Nate George Director, Training
Mr. Wilson Spence Region 2 Chair Mr. Dave Dietz Director, Ombudsman
Mr. Doug Broich Region 3 Chair MS. Mary Jane Morrison ASST. Director, Ombudsman
Ms. Carla Johanson Region 4 Chair Mr. Jack Grams Director, Awards
Mr. Jeff Gay Region 5 Chair Mr. Bob Boone Boss Lift Coordinator
Mr. Rich Hall Region 6 Chair Mr. Jeff Gay Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Dave Bambenek Region 7 Chair Ms. Jayne Maday-Hulke Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. Tom Simonet Region 7 Co 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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April 14, 2017Optum Health Care Supervisor Receives ESGR Award

DULUTH, Minn. – Gina Sipola of Optum Health Care accepted the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award presented by ESGR Representative Penny Dieryck.

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April 14, 2017NACS supervisor honored by Department of Defense with Patriot Award

HAM LAKE, Minn. – The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award was presented to NACS Inc. supervisor Lorene Finch. NACS, Inc. hosts people with highly specialized custom machine design, manufacturing, and testing experience in a broad range of industries such as medical, medical CMD, medical device, drug delivery systems, semiconductor, food, filtration, tool & die, and industrial. Since 1991, NACS has been developing concepts, designing and building automation equipment and manufacturing solutions.

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March 14, 2017Montrose business supervisor honored with ESGR Patriot Award

MONTROSE, Minn. – On March 2nd the ESGR Patriot Award was presented to Tony Cremers, president of Craft Pattern and Mold, the presentation was made by ESGR Volunteer Robert Adams. 

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