Contact Information

Kim Brouillet Program Support Technician 8180 Belden Blvd.
Cottage Grove MN 55016

Eric Rolstad Administrative Support Technician 15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345

Laura Williamson Employment Coordinator MNNG - Camp Ripley 15000 Hwy 115 Room 1156
Little Falls MN 56345


Committee Leadership

Mr. Nick Ostapenko
State Chair Mr. 

Paul Monteen

Director, Employer Outreach
Vacant State Vice Chair Mr. Mike Bellos
Director, Military Outreach
Ms. Lois Robinson
Region 1 Chair Mr. John Kingrey/Mr. Nate George Director, Training
Mr. Wilson Spence
Region 2 Chair Mr. Dave Dietz
Director, Ombudsman
Mr. Ron Muehlbauer
Region 3 Chair Vacant
Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Marty Breaker
Region 4 Chair Mr. Jack Grams
Director, Awards
Mr. Jeff Gay Region 5 Chair

Mr. Rich Hall
Region 6 Chair
Mr. Dave Bambenek
Region 7 Chair
Mr. Tom Simonet
Region 7 Co 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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June 30, 2016Waite Park Fire chief receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

WAITE PARK, Minn. – Fire Chief Jim Aleshire of the City of Waite Park was presented with a Patriot Award June 27 by Bob Adams, ombudsman for Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the U.S. Army 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 24, 2016Minneapolis VA Medical Center manager recognized as a supportive military employer

MINNEAPOLIS – Lori Barker, manager at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award June 15. Minnesota ESGR Awards Director Jack Grams presented the award in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee serving in the Minnesota Air National Guard.

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