Contact Information

Amanda Johnson Volunteer Support Technician 82 Marine St
St Augustine FL 32084

Cindy Harkrider Program Support Specialist 82 Marine Street
Saint Augustine FL 32084


Committee Leadership

Mr. James Dicks State Chair Mr. Michael Thomas Vice Chair
Mr. Tim Lambert Vice Chair Mr. Steve Read Military Outreach Director
Mr. Brian Reynolds Vice Chair Mr. Arden Dickey Ombudsman Director
Mr. Donald Gauthier Awards Director Ms. Colleen Trout Volunteer Coordinator
Mr. Martin Rosen Bosslift Director Mr. Ian MacGeorge IT/Social Media Director
Mr. Peter Caspari Employer Outreach Director Mr. Roger Trout Training Director
Ms. Adriana Forero Public Affairs 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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March 17, 2019Banfield Pet Hospitals director Heather Zaretsky recognized by the Department of Defense for patriotic support
KENDALL, Fla. - Dr. Heather Zaretsky, director of Veterinary Quality-South Florida/Puerto Rico Markets for Banfield Pet Hospitals received a Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award at a recent ceremony at the Banfield Pet Hospital in Kendall. Learn More.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. – District Interpreter, Bob Showler, at the Everglades National Park was the recipient of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award at a ceremony held at the Flamingo Visitor’s Center.

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March 17, 2019Cornerstone Hospice Chaplain Rich Behers receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

LAKELAND, Fla. – One of the best ways to help men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve is to support them in the workplace. Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care Spiritual Care program manager Rich Behers, DMin. BCC CFHPC, has received the prestigious Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard (ESGR) and Reserve Patriot Award for extraordinary support of his employee, Maj. Mark Jurkowski, a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

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