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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February 21, 2017New Jersey Governor signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve members
TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, is proud to announce Governor Chris Christie signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve recently at the Governor’s Office in the New Jersey State House.  Learn More.
February 13, 2017South Amboy Police Department officers receive Department of Defense Patriot Award

SOUTH AMBOY, N.J. – Chief of Police Darren Lavigne and police Captain Joseph Matarangolo were each presented with Patriot Awards in recognition of extraordinary support of their Reserve Component employee.

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February 07, 2017New Jersey AUSA chapters sign Statements of Support for Guard and Reserve members

MILLTOWN, N.J. – The New Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announced that four New Jersey Chapters of the Association of the United States Army took up the challenge of AUSA President U.S. Army retired Gen. Carter Ham to show their Support for the 15,000 plus members of the Guard and Reserve.

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