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

Janice Livanos Employment Coordinator 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. Arthur Maggs Vice Chair Mr. Norm Patten Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Leo McGuire Vice Chair Mr. Ken Baker Ombudsman Director
Mr. Michael Festa 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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February 01, 2016First Data supervisors honored by Department of Defense with Patriot Awards
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – First Data is just one of two careers for Michael Ross. His first career began during the spring of 2009, when Ross joined the U.S. Navy Reserve as an intelligence specialist. During the first few years of his military service, numerous assignments and deployments took Ross away from his home state of New Jersey, including to locations out of the country.

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January 15, 2016Morris corrections chiefs saluted by reservist
MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Morris County Corrections Officer Ronnie Joseph has so appreciated the flexibility and concern he is shown when he is deployed as a U.S. Army reservist that he nominated two of his supervisors at the jail to receive Patriot Awards from the federal Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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December 21, 2015Carmine’s Family Style Italian Restaurant manager honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced Marc Meyers, manager of Carmine’s Family Style Italian Restaurant was honored Oct. 7 with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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