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Committee Leadership

Mr. Tom Simonet State Chair
Mr. Chad Sackett State Vice Chair
Ms. Lois Robinson Region 1 Chair
Mr. Ron Lindgren Region 1 Co Chair
Vacant Region 2 Chair
Mr. Doug Broich Region 3 Chair
Mr. Chad Sackett Region 4 Chair
Mr. Doug Broich Region 5 Chair
Mr. Jim Kelzenberg Region 6 Chair
Mr. Dave Bambenek Region 7 Chair
Mr. Everett Doolittle Region 7 Co Chair
Mr. John Kingrey Region 7 Co Chair
Mr. Tom Haugo Region 7 Co Chair
Mr. Jim Finley Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. John Kingrey Director, Training
Mr. Mathew Meyer  Director, Ombudsman
Mr. Everett Doolittle / Mr. Bob Murphy Asst. Director, Ombudsman
Mr. Jack Grams Director, Awards
Mr. Bob Boone Boss Lift Coordinator
Mr. Rich Kemp Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Bob Adams Asst. Director, Public Affairs
Ms. Jayne Maday-Hulke Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. Tom Haugo Director, Military Outreach


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

Bruce Cherney Volunteer Support Technician Ben Franklin Center, Arden Hills Army Training Site 1536 Ben Franklin Dr., #103
Arden Hills MN 55112

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September 22, 2023East Central Electric supervisor is honored with Department of Defense Patriot Award

BRAHAM, Minn. – Phil Beaupre from East Central Electric (ECE) received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award at ECE headquarters Sept. 20.

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September 19, 2023Guy Carpenter & Company supervisor is honored with Department of Defense Patriot Award

EDINA, Minn. – Master Sgt. Robert Theriot U.S. Army Reserve is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to his employment supervisor, Sharene Hicks with Guy Carpenter & Company LLC.

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September 19, 2023ESGR Bosslift is great experience for employers of National Guard members.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On September 15 the 334 Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) conducted a Bosslift for twenty-seven Soldier member employers. The day started with a Chinook helicopter ride from the Army Aviation Support Facility 1 in St. Paul to Camp Ripley.

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