Contact Information

Francis M. Colavita Volunteer 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. Dennis Dougherty Co-Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Ken Baker Ombudsman Director Mr. Norm Patten Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Liz Thomas Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Lou DiGeronimo Northern Area Chair
Mr. McKinley Williams Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Richard Burke Central Area Chair
Mr. Marty Bischoff Training Director Mr. Bob Carullo Southern Area Chair
Mr. Michael Ferraro Military Outreach Director Ms. Leah Arter Employment Initiative 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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WASHINGTON (March 13) – Employers that support their military employees’ service make all the difference in the world.  That support can include paying an employee the difference between their military and civilian pay during a deployment, or even offering a full salary for the duration.  It can also be arranging for a US senator to be on hand for a farewell ceremony.  Some companies show their commitment by targeting military for hiring, while others set up military affinity groups to learn how to better serve their military employees.  Still others pitch in and simply make life easier for the families of deployed service members. Learn More.
March 13, 2017Tory Burch supervisors receive Department of Defense Patriot Award

CARTERET, N.J. – Tory Burch, LLC supervisors Gary Ferrone and Minerva Chavez were each presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their employee, U.S. Army National Guard Capt. Yemi Daramola.

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March 06, 2017Newark Fire Department captains honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support

NEWARK, N.J. – Newark Fire Department Captains Joseph Gethard, Mark Furka, and Defin Ortiz were each presented with a Patriot Award Jan. 26, by Donald Scipione, Employer Outreach Coordinator of the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee. 

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