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William Hebert Program Support Technician 14 Minuteman Lane
Wellesley MA 02481

Christine Deveau Administrative Support Technician 14 Minuteman Lane
Wellesley MA 02481

William Valliere Program Support Specialist 2 Randolph Road
Hanscom AFB MA 01731

Ken Forchielli Employment Coordinator 25 North Lake Avenue
Worcester MA 01605
508-755-0173 X2231


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Committee Leadership

Mr. Earl Bonett State Chair Mr. Paul Desmond
Training Director
Mr. Paul Zbikowski Vice Chair Mr. Dan Early Military Outreach Director
Mrs. Joan Bennett
Essex/Middlesex County Chair
Vacant Public Affairs Director
Mr. Tony Ingrisano Worcester County Chair
Mr. Rick Bedell Ombudsman Director
Mr. William McGee Western MA Chair
Mr. Don Ferrell Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Pelose Suffolk/Norfolk County Chair
Mr. Jay Hellman Employment Initiative Program Director
Mr. Robert Pomeroy Plymouth/Bristol Counties/Cape 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 19, 2016Cognex supervisors honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

NATICK, Mass. – On August 9, 2016, at Cognex Corporation Headquarters, Joan Bennett, an ESGR representative, presented four Patriot Awards to Navy Lt. Jessica Robert's chain of command at Cognex. The recipients of the awards were Brackie Reyes, Rocco Volpe, Max Anderson and the CEO of Cognex, Robert Willett.

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August 03, 2016Scott Martin of Health Alliance honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support
LEOMINSTER, Mass.  – Scott Martin, Director of Public Safety, Health Alliance Hospital, was presented with a Patriot Award July 21 by Tony Ingrisano, Area Chair for the Massachusetts Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Learn More.
August 03, 2016Massachusetts Employers visit Barnes Air National Guard Base

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Thirty-seven employers traveled to Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield to spend the day with members of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Upon arriving they enjoyed a cup of coffee and were welcomed by William McGhee, Western Massachusetts Area Chair of the state ESGR Committee and Capt. Alejandro Mendoza, Flight Operations.

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