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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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March 16, 2023ESGR Announces 2023 James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award Recipients

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award. The recipients are ESGR volunteers nominated by their respective ESGR State Committee Chairs for their exceptional contributions to ESGR’s mission over a sustained period of time.

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March 13, 2023Department of Defense Announces 2023 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2023 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 Component employee employed in their organization. ESGR received 1,863 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 12, 2023Karl Bjellum Mayo Clinic supervisor receives Department of Defense Award

ROCHESTER, Minn. – U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Stacy Parker is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award to her employment supervisor Karl Bjellum, a nurse manager within Surgical Services at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

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