Contact Information

Mike Richie Program Support Technician 100 Minuteman Pkwy
Frankfort KY 40601

Timothy Stinnett Administrative Support Technician 100 Minuteman Pkwy
Frankfort KY 40601

Kelli Carter Employment Coordinator 100 Minuteman Pkwy
Frankfort KY 40601


Committee Leadership

Mr. D. Allen Youngman State Chair
Mr. John Laughlin Employer Outreach
Vacant Military Outreach
Ms. Judy Dillander Training
Mr. Harry Wiley Public Affairs
Mr. Bill Busby Ombudsman
Mr. Norman Arflack Boss Lift
Vacant Awards
Mr. Bill Roberts Employment Initiatives Program (EIP) Director
Kempton Baldridge Area 1 Chair
Mr. Jack Giralico Area 2 Chair
Mr. John Gipe Area 3 Chair
Mr. Ernie Pitt Area 4 Chair
Mr. Ralph Brown Area 5 Chair
Mr. Denny Comer Area 6 Chair
Mr. Rodney Bell Area 7 Chair
Vacant Area 8 Chair
Mr. Paul Beane Area 9 Chair
Mr. Jim Allen Area 10 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.

In Kentucky, ESGR volunteers serve across the Commonwealth as area directors, ombudsmen, trainers, and members who visit with civic groups to tell the ESGR story. Other volunteers visit reserve and Guard installations and units to share USERRA information and tell them about the Kentucky Committee’s jobs efforts. Still others may be found handing out ESGR awards to businesses, assisting at job fairs and  doing a myriad of the “little things” that make our committee successful.

The Kentucky ESGR Committee is especially proud to have had two businesses from our state named Freedom Award recipients in 2013!

The committee posts ESGR information and, of great importance to the vast majority of visitors to this site, job openings for reservists and Guard personnel on its Facebook site. See link on the left side of this page.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer in Kentucky, please contact any of the three fulltime staff at the numbers listed on the left hand side of this web page.

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November 03, 2015C & B Marine signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve – displays ESGR logo on vessels

HEBRON, Ky. – At the christening of C&B Marine’s new towboat, The Atlantis, held Oct. 31 in Hebron, on the Ohio River, the company’s owners signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support.

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October 05, 2015KY Area Seven Employer Recognition

FLORENCE, Ky. – Several area employers were recognized Oct. 5 by the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The awards were presented by Kentucky ESGR Area 7 chair Rodney Bell at the Florence Rotary Club meeting at the Florence Hilton.

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September 25, 2015JLL demonstrates support for National Guard and Reserve employees

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced JLL Americas CEO Greg O’Brien signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve Sept. 21. O’Brien signed the pledge in a ceremony at JLL in Washington and was joined by Ted Fessel, Deputy Executive Director ESGR.

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