Contact Information

Francis M. Colavita Program Support Technician 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

Samantha Stripko Administrative Support Technician 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

Tyler Sandford Program Support Specialist 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

New Jersey

Committee Leadership

Mr. Don Tretola State Chair Ms. Carol Beske Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Leo McGuire Vice Chair Mr. Norm Patten Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Ken Baker Ombudsman Director Mr. Lou DiGeronimo
Northern Area Chair
Ms. Liz Thomas Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Richard Burke Central Area Chair
Mr. McKinley Williams Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Bert Rogers Southern Area Chair
Mr. Marty Bischoff Training Director Ms. Leah Arter Employment Initiative Director
Mr. Michael Ferraro Military Outreach Director


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 11, 2016Jag Companies president and CEO honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support
BORDENTOWN, N.J. – Supervisor Rolando Acosta of Jag Companies, Inc. was presented with a Patriot Award June 18 by Don Tretola, State Chair for the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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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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June 03, 2016New Jersey ESGR conducts annual state level ombudsman volunteer training
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Ombudsmen Director Ken Baker conducted the Annual State Level Ombudsman Volunteer Training May 21 here.

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