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Committee Leadership

Ms. Laurie Silvey State Chair
Mr. Mike Holub Vice Chair
Ms. Antonia Arcely / Ms. Jackie Barth Awards Director
Mr. Scott Klein / Mr. Brian Gilligan Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Ron Bacci  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. Patrick Winfrey 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

CAPT Alex Alderson Program Coordinator 1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL 62702

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April 10, 2022Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2021 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ In this our 50th year, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2021 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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April 07, 2022Illinois Chamber of Commerce Long-Time Supporter of ESGR

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has been around since 1972, and during 2022 they are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the program. ESGR was originated with the purpose to promote cooperation and understanding between reserve component service members and their civilian employers.

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March 21, 2022Department of Defense Announces 2022 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists

WASHINGTON – In this our 50th year, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2022 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 2,777 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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