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Illinois

Committee Leadership

Ms. Laurie Silvey State Chair
Mr. Mike Holub Vice Chair
Ms. Kim O’Connell / Ms. Jackie Barth Awards Director
Mr. Scott Klein / Mr. Brian Gilligan Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Terry McCollom / Mr. Ken Marks Military Outreach Director
Mr. Dick Franzen Ombudsman Services Director
Mr. John Orfe Asst. Ombudsman Director
Ms. Amy Malina Public Affairs Director
Mr. Dave MacDonna Training Director
Mr. Troy M. Stinson Volunteer Management Coordinator

Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is one of 54 ESGR State Committees nationwide working with a common purpose - to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Illinois ESGR works through a network of dedicated volunteers throughout the state who carry out this mission. Our volunteers conduct employer outreach programs, including informational briefings and events, neutral mediation and recognition of employers whose policies support or encourage military service. We also work to inform and educate thousands of Reserve Component members regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and ways to develop and maintain a good relationship their employer.

Contact Information

Kathy Kozak Volunteer Support Technician 8660 W. Cermak Rd.
North Riverside IL 60546
309-567-6111
kathy.a.kozak.ctr@mail.mil

LTC Loren Easter Program Manager 1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL 62702
217-761-3642
loren.j.easter.mil@mail.mil

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April 21, 2021ESGR Recognizes 2020 Volunteers of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces the 2020 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operations.

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March 28, 2021Department of Defense Announces 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award FInalists

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization. ESGR received 3,382 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. 

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March 02, 2021ESGR Announces 2021 Employer Support Freedom Award Semifinalists

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 140 employers as semifinalists for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award. 

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