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JENNA DEL CECATO Volunteer Support Technician 2825 W. Dublin Granville
Columbus OH 43235

EBONI WILLIAMS SANKOE Program Support Specialist 2825 W. Dublin Granville
Columbus OH 43235


Committee Leadership

Mr. Rufus J. Smith State Chair Ms. Debora Hill
Central Area Chair
Mr. Randy J. Gasser State Vice Chair Mr. John DeBonis
East Area Chair
Mr. Robert “Lance” Meyer Bosslift Coordinator Mr. John Marino
East Area Deputy Chair
Mr. Ernie Stone
Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Niemczura
NE Area Chair
Mr. Tom Cunningham
Military Outreach Director
Mr. Paul Joseph
NW Area Chair
Ms. Elizabeth Jackson
Ombudsman Director
Mr. Paul Joseph
NW Area Deputy Chair
Mr. Randy J. Gasser
Ombudsman Director, Assistant
Mr. Mark Williams
South Area Chair
Ms. Deb Gomez
Public Affairs Director
Mr. Joe Ellis
West Area Chair
Mr. Don Elswick
Training Director


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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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. 

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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.

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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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