Contact Information

Wells, Marvin Employer Support Specialist JFHQ-ESGR 3041 Sidco Dr
Nashville TN 37204

Rutherford, John Program Support Technician JFHQ-ESGR 3041 Sidco Dr
Nashville TN 37204

Lee, Shirley Administrative Support Technician 164th AW/ESGR
Memphis TN 38118

Goodman, David Administrative Support Technician 1334 Wisegarber Road
Knoxville TN 37909

Nelson, John Employment Transition Coordinator 3041 Sidco Drive
Nashville TN 37204


Committee Leadership

Mr. Carl Lambert State Chair, ESGR Volunteer Support and Executive Advisory Subcommittees
Mr. Jim Mungenast State Vice Chair
Ms. Susan Kyle Tennessee ESGR Training Director (Training Director of the Year 2011)
Mr. Alex Horony Military Outreach Director
Vacant Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Fred Denson Tennessee ESGR Ombudsman Director (Ombudsman Director of the Year 2004)
Mr. Ken Tarkington Public Affairs Director
Ms. Laura Rutherford ESGR State Website Content Manager


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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July 21, 2014 Tennessee ESGR volunteers support Veterans Outreach event

ERIN, Tenn. -- Robert Roy and Angie Hedge, volunteers for the Tennessee Employer Support Guard and Reserve attended a Veterans Outreach with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs in Erin July 18. There were approximately 50 vendors, to include many employers looking to hire. 

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July 18, 2014Tennessee ESGR Boss Lift enlightens employers

MEMPHIS, Tenn.  – Employer support has always been a key ingredient for successful Guard and Reserve members, and the intention of the Boss Lift Program is to help employers understand how vital both jobs are to service members. This May, more than 40 employees nominated bosses were able to experience firsthand what the Tennessee National Guard is all about.

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July 18, 2014Johnson Controls supervisor receives Patriotic Employer Award

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Army Spc. Lee Cooper, a member of the 1176th Transportation Company, Tennessee Army National Guard, nominated his supervisor, Brandon Jennings of Johnson Controls, Murfreesboro, to receive the Employer Support Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriotic Employer Award for his outstanding support of his service in the Army National Guard.

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