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. Leo McGuire Vice Chair Mr. Norm Patten Employer Outreach Director
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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May 05, 2016Allies Inc. CEO honored by Department of Defense with Seven Seals Award

HAMILTON, N.J. – New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve a Department of Defense program, announced that Elise Tretola, CEO of Allies Inc. was recently honored with the Seven Seals Award in recognition of her meritorious leadership and initiative in supporting men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.

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May 03, 2016Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Supervisor Joseph Lodise of Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City was presented with a Patriot Award April 13, by Don Tretola, State Chair for 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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April 18, 2016Rowan College at Burlington County to host Hero2Hired job summit

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.—Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) will host a summit April 26 aimed at educating employers in hopes of eliminating the barriers veterans face during the employment process. The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the Enterprise Center on RCBC’s Mount Laurel Campus at 300 College Circle Drive with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno as a featured guest. Congressmen Tom MacArthur and Donald Norcross will address the summit.

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