Contact Information

Sarah Aanonson Volunteer Support Technician 4540 Melrose Ave.
Iowa City IA 52246
515.331.5243
sarah.e.aanonson.ctr@mail.mil

Heather Geerdes Program Support Specialist 7105 NW 70th Ave
Johnston IA 50131
515-252-4192
Heather.m.geerdes.ctr@mail.mil

Iowa

Committee Leadership

Mr. Mark Hennessey State Chair
Mr. Scott Packard Vice Chair
Mr. Dan Fehr Training Director
Mr. Roger Roskens Ombudsman Director
Mr. Gerald Edgar Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Kent Schlawin Public Affairs Director
Mr. Rick Ernst Military Outreach Director
Mr. Val Corbin Area 1 Chair
Ms. Darlene McMartin Area 2 Chair
Mr. Steve Waller Area 3 Chair
Ms. Mandy Shepherd/Mr. Scott Little Area 4 Co-Chairs
Mr. Dan Fehr Area 5 Chair
Mr. John Mikelson Area 6 Chair
Mr. Martin Graber Area 7 Chair
Mr. Eric Branson Area 8 Chair
Mr. Terry Dell/Mike Allbee Area 9 Chair

 

Welcome to the Iowa ESGR website.  Our Iowa team is comprised of approximately 110 dedicated volunteers and 3 full-time staff that is prepared to engage, inform, and support employers and reserve component members throughout the state.  Iowa has a proud history of outstanding employer support for our reserve component members and today’s team continues that tradition through a strong emphasis on “prevention through education”.  Our Iowa team places continuous effort on our military and employer outreach programs to ensure that all stakeholders know and understand their respective obligations under the USERRA law.

The Iowa team has found that a focus on visibility and awareness of what Iowa ESGR has to offer is a key element of our prevention approach.  “We are a resource” is at the core of our message to our Iowa employers and reserve component members.

We welcome you to explore our website and invite you to contact us should you have any questions.  Our mission is to assist both employers and reserve component members equally.  We also welcome anyone interested in volunteering with the Iowa ESGR.

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March 26, 2020Department of Defense Announces 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists
WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2020 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 employee in their organization. ESGR received 2,623 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 24, 2020COVID-19 and USERRA: Resources and Frequently Asked Questions for Service Members and Employers
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is providing the following Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment RIghts Act (USERRA) resources and Frequently Asked Questions to help both Service members and employers understand their rights and responsibilities, and to address potential COVID-19 related impacts.
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November 18, 2019Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Recognizes 2018 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the 2018 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) during the National Leadership Meeting Nov. 15. 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 Operational.

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