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Committee Leadership

Mr. Gary Aten State Chair
Ms. Cindy Sanders State Vice Chair
Ms. Angela Shelby Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Paul Ryan Military Outreach Director
Vacant Public Affairs Director
Vacant Training Director
Mr. Peter Pallas Ombudsman Director
Mr. Michael Thorne NE Area Chair
Mr. Pete Pallas NW Area Chair
Mr. Keith Sousa SE Area Chair
Vacant SW Area Chair
Mr. Paul DeSander East Area Chair
Mr. John Baxter West Area Chair
Ms. Angela Shelby Central Area Chair
Ms. Pam Basal UP Area Chair

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.

Contact Information

Kyle Looney Volunteer Support Technician Contractor 1620 E. Saginaw St
Lansing MI 48912


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April 04, 2024Patriot Award presentation to supervisor at Verizon

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Congratulations to Randi McKissick at Team Wireless Verizon in Marquette for receiving the ESGR Patriot Award. Ms. McKissick was nominated by Sgt. Steven Snow of the Army National Guard. Presenting the award is ESGR Upper Penninsula Area Chair Pamela Basal. 

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April 04, 2024Patriot Award presentation at Social Security Administration

MARQUETTE, Mich - Congratulations to Melissa Clark at the Social Security Administration for receiving the ESGR Patriot Award. Clark was nominated by 1st Sgt. Travis Bradbury of the Army Reserve.

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March 27, 2024Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2023 Regional Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 27, 2023) –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2023 Regional 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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