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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August 16, 2014CVS Caremark supervisors honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriotic Employer Awards were presented to Supervisor Carisa Jeter, and Human Resources Supervisor Tami Pase CVS Caremark, Knoxville July 29. They were nominated by their employee Spc. Natasha Pass, a member of the 844th Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Knoxville.  Pass expressed her appreciation for the support shown by her supervisors during the time she performs her military duty.  CVS Caremark is a CVS call center located in Knoxville, TN.

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August 16, 2014Clayton Homes supervisor honored by the Department of Defense for patriotic support

MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. – Randy Woods, a supervisor at the Clayton Homes plant in Maynardville, was presented the Patriotic Employer Award by Tennessee Employer Support Guard and Reserve (ESGR) representative Gary Ellis.

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August 16, 2014Tennessee ESGR volunteer leads employment event

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteer Chris Cole attended and ran the Employer Support Guard and Reserve table at the Yellow Ribbon Pre-Deployment Event for the 252nd MP Company and members of the 105 Personnel Services held in Chattanooga Aug. 2-3. In addition to answering many questions for individual service members and their spouses he gave a briefing to more than 275 attendees on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

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September 26, 2014Freedom Awards Banquet