Contact Information

James Carver Volunteer Support Technician
Blue Springs MO 64015

Erick Turley Program Support Specialist 2405 Logistics Road
Jefferson City MO 65101


Committee Leadership

Mr. Lee Metcalf State Chair Michelle Carlson  Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. Don Koonce State Vice Chair Mr. Ben Brink

Director, Military Outreach
Mr. Dave Woolley 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 Vacant Director, Awards
Ms. Samona Kosfeld Area 5 Chair Vacant Director, Employment Initiative Program
Mr. Tom Brizendine Area 6 Chair
Ms. Shanna Lambing 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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WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced today the 15 recipients of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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April 20, 2016Missouri ESGR and H.E.R.O.E.S Care hosts Hiring Our Heroes hiring event

ST. LOUIS –Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, and H.E.R.O.E.S Care, Inc. hosted its 6th Annual Hiring Our American Heroes Hiring Event April 20 in Bridgeton.

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April 15, 2016Benjamin Franklin Plumbing named as finalist for Department of Defense’s top employer award
WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected Benjamin Franklin Plumbing as a finalist for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the “Freedom Award”). Learn More.