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Committee Leadership

Mr. Mark Hennessey State Chair
Mr. Joseph Ely State Vice Chair
Mr. Rick White Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Schutt Military Outreach Director
Ms. Kimberly Hemming  Public Affairs Director
Mr. Lynn Albi Training Director
Mr. Aaron Lechner Ombudsman Director
Ms. Heidi Ernst Awards Director
Mr. Brian Bartony Bosslift Coordinator
Ms. Mary Rathje Volunteer Coordinator
Mr. Carl DeBard Area Chair Denver
Mr. Rob Brazell Area Chair Boulder
Mr. Todd Riley Area Chair Brighton
Mr. Lou Brackett Area Chair Grand Junction
Mr. Darell Zimbleman Area Chair Larimer/ Weld
Vacant Area Chair Montrose
Mr. Jim Stanko Area Chair Steamboat
Mr. Mark Lilevjen Area Chair Pikes Peak
Mrs. Julie Justman Area Chair Pueblo


Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (COESGR) is a Department of Defense office, led and operated by dedicated volunteers and staff whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of USERRA, resolving conflicts through mediation and developing initiatives to increase employment opportunities for military service members and veterans. This dedicated field committee numbers a continuing growing cadre of well over 184 volunteers reaching out to employers and military service members in nine different functional areas such as Employer and Military Outreach, Public Affairs, Ombudsmen, Training, and Special Programs throughout the State and for many, serving in more than one functional area.

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Contact Information

Alexis Tegtman Volunteer Support Technician 6848 S. Revere Parkway
Centennial CO 80112


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November 30, 2023Department of Defense is accepting applications for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The Department of Defense (DoD) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the National Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The National Chair is appointed by the Secretary of Defense as an unpaid statutory volunteer.

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November 16, 2023Delaware ESGR Chair Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

NEW CASTLE, Del. – Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Chair, Hugh T. Broomall, was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony presided over by LeSans Alexander, the Aviation’s Hall of Fame vice president Nov. 10.

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November 02, 2023Pennsylvania Chair Emeritus inducted into Hall of Fame

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that State Chair Emeritus Wesley (Wes) Craig was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Hall of Fame in October.

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