Contact Information

Francis M. Colavita Program 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. Norm Patten Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Ken Baker Ombudsman Director Mr. Lou DiGeronimo
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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October 18, 2016Optical Academy signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve members

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Optical Academy CEO Abby Ayoub signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve Sept. 26.

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October 11, 2016Dodge Data & Analytics supervisors honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

HAMILTON, N.J. – Four supervisors of Dodge Data & Analytics were presented with Patriot Awards Sept. 14, by volunteer Larry Rosenthal, Mercer County Chair for the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of extraordinary support of their employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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September 14, 2016Borgota Hotel Resort and Spa senior vice president receives Department of Defense Seven Seals Award

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo of Borgota Hotel Resort and Spa, was presented with a Seven Seals Award Aug. 16 by Don Tretola, state chair for the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, for meritorious leadership and initiative in support for the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.

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