Contact Information

Brandy Scheer Program Support Technician

James Carver Administrative Support Technician

Steven Brothers Program Support Specialist Ike Skelton Training Site (ISTS)
Jefferson City MO 65101

Bob Hancock Employment Coordinator 942 E. Main St
Warsaw MO 65355


Committee Leadership

Mr. Lee Metcalf State Chair Mr. Dave Doering Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. Bill Lawson State Vice Chair Mr. Tracy Beckette Director, Military Outreach
Mr. Dave Wooley Area 1 Chair Ms. Nancy Brown Director, Training
Mr. Matt Jenkins Area 2 Chair Mr. Tom Krahenbuhl Director, Ombudsman
Ms. Marla McGowan Area 3 Chair Mr. Frank Tucker Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Steve Vanderhoof Area 4 Chair Mr. Stan Brasch Director, Awards
Mr. Don Koonce Area 5 Chair Mr. Ben Brink Director, Employment Initiative Program
Mr. Will Johnson (Acting) Area 6 Chair
Ms. Shanna Fowler Area 7 Chair
Mr. John Murawski Area 8 Chair    
Mr. Ernie Loft Area 9 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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August 07, 2014South Carolina ESGR Announces the passing of State Chair John V. Green

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Chair John V. Green passed away August 5. Funeral services for John V. Green, 84, were held Saturday, August 9, at Forest Lake Presbyterian, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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July 31, 2014Blue River Maintenance honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support of the Guard and Reserve

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced today Jim Jones, owner of the Blue River Maintenance was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve.

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July 28, 2014Triumph Pharmaceuticals honored with 2014 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

ST. LOUIS – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DOD) office, announced today that Triumph Pharmaceuticals, doing business as SmartMouth, of St. Louis is one of 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. These employers distinguished themselves among the 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists.  The award was created to publicly recognize employers who provide exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employees. It is the highest in a series of employer recognition awards given by the Department of Defense. 

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