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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

Karen Mojica Volunteer Support Technician 1620 E. Saginaw St
Lansing MI 48912


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November 30, 2023Department of Defense is accepting applications for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The Department of Defense (DoD) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the National Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The National Chair is appointed by the Secretary of Defense as an unpaid statutory volunteer.

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November 29, 2023Supervisor at Barber Ford Presented with Patriot Award

HOLLAND, Mich. – U.S. Navy Reserve Seaman Kenshin Saeteum nominated his supervisor Brian Korpi with Barber Ford in Holland to receive the ESGR Patriot Award. The award was presented Nov. 28 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteer Paul Ryan.

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November 29, 2023Supervisor at Gentex Corporation Presented with Patriot Award

ZEELAND, Mich. – Michigan Army National Guard 1st Lt. Benjamin McKenzie nominated his supervisor Terry Heath with Gentex Corporation to receive the ESGR Patriot Award.

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