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Committee Leadership

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

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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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 21, 2023Mayo Clinic supervisors honored with Department of Defense Patriot Awards

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Trey Johnson presented his nurse managers Julie Stene and Dana Wachter, both registered nurses, with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award Nov. 15. Dana and Julie work for the Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

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November 20, 2023Federated Insurance supervisor honored with Department of Defense Patriot Award

OWATONNA, Minn. – U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Travis Townsend, 327 Engineer Company, Onalaska, is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to his employment supervisor, Darlene Jennings of Federated Insurance.

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