Contact Information

Kim Brouillet Program Support Technician 8180 Belden Blvd.
Cottage Grove MN 55016

Eric Rolstad Administrative Support Technician 15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345

Laura Williamson Employment Coordinator MNNG - Camp Ripley 15000 Hwy 115 Room 1156
Little Falls MN 56345


Committee Leadership

Mr. Nick Ostapenko
State Chair Mr. 

Paul Monteen

Director, Employer Outreach
Vacant State Vice Chair Mr. Mike Bellos
Director, Military Outreach
Mr. Bruce Reichert
Region 1 Chair Vacant Director, Training
Mr. Wilson Spence
Region 2 Chair Mr. Dave Dietz
Director, Ombudsman
Mr. Ron Muehlbauer
Region 3 Chair Mr. Chris Christopherson
Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Marty Breaker
Region 4 Chair Mr. Jack Grams
Director, Awards
Vacant Region 5 Chair

Mr. Chris Christopherson
Region 6 Chair
Mr. Dave Bambenek
Region 7 Chair
Mr. Tom Simonet
Region 7 Co 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.

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May 18, 2016Hibbing Resident recognized with two Department of Defense Volunteer Service Awards

DULUTH, Minn. – Fred Godec of Hibbing was recognized with the President’s Silver Volunteer Service Award and the Minnesota ESGR Region 2 Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve May 10 in Duluth.

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April 07, 2016Cambridge Area Employers observe National Guard training

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Army National Guard 850th Engineers Company from Cambridge Minnesota hosted a "Boss lift" and tour of various training facilities April 1 at Camp Ripley.

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March 30, 2016Minnesota Veterans Affairs Health Care System Supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

MINNEAPOLIS – Renee Burke of the Minnesota Veterans Affairs Health Care System was presented with a Patriot Award March 29 by Jack J. Grams, awards director of the Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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