Contact Information

Brandy Scheer Program Support Technician
St. Louis MO

James Carver Administrative Support Technician
Kansas City MO

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 Vacant Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. Bill Lawson State Vice Chair Mr. Ben Brink
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. Drew Selman Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Steve Vanderhoof Area 4 Chair Mr. Stan Brasch Director, Awards
Mr. Don Koonce Area 5 Chair Vacant Director, Employment Initiative Program
Mr. Tim Bailie 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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April 16, 2015Whelan Security supervisor honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support

ST. LOUIS – Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced that Todd Bennett, a local branch manager at Whelan Security was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

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April 16, 2015Four Missouri companies named as semifinalists for Department Of Defense's top employer award

ST. LOUIS – April 1, 2015 – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected four Missouri companies among 150 other employers as semifinalists for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

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April 08, 2015National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of March 31, 2015
The Department of Defense announced an increase in activated National Guard and reserve component members this week for the Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, while the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Navy Reserve announced a decrease of activated members. Coast Guard Reserve numbers did not change from last week. The net collective result is a decrease of 87 activated National Guard and reserve component members in comparison to last week. Learn More.