ESGR in the News


HORSHAM, Pa. --  Pennsylvania State ESGR Chair Wes Craig is pleased to announce that four volunteers were selected to receive the Regional Volunteer of the Year honors in different functional area for the Northeast Region of ESGR:  Susan Robertson, Employer Outreach; George Mentzer, Operations; Terry Curran, Ombudsman; and, William (Bill) Burkhard, Public Affairs.  The names of all four regional award winners have been forward to National ESGR headquarters to be considered for the National Volunteer of the Year Award.


Susan has been a member of the ESGR team for over five years and according to Wes she “is a rising star in PA ESGR”!  As a volunteer, she holds numerous important positions: State Vice Chair, Northwest Region Chair, Northwest Region Employer Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Ombudsman, and Boss Lift Coordinator.  In his nomination of Susan, Wes said in part: “She is enthusiastic, energetic, organized, and mission focused. She has done a remarkable job jumping in to supervise the Northwest area as acting chair due to long term illness of the current chair. .... Her committee has provided 969 employers with outreach/advice and briefings in 2019. … Susan has been a cochair of our annual Bosslift event for three years. This annually brings 30 employers to FT Indiantown Gap for a two-day immersion period where they learn what their employees do when in uniform…. It is my pleasure to work with her and recommend Susan for the Employee Outreach Volunteer of the Year award from Pennsylvania.”


George has over 15 years of service to PA ESGR and assumes many responsibilities with ESGR and the Southeast Area.  He is the area Vice Chair, Assistant Ombudsman and coordinator of numerous annual functions.  He presents annual USERRA refresher courses at the state committees annual conference and provides briefings to Soldier Readiness briefings to Pennsylvania National Guard personnel mobilizing at Fort Indiantown Gap.  In addition, George coordinated the annual employer luncheon recognizing those companies and organizations that have been selected as having their nominations forward to national headquarters for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.  In of George, Wes said in part: “George is an outstanding "all around" ESGR operational volunteer! … He was our Master of Ceremonies for the Governor's SOS signing. George has been an important member of our Boss Lift team where we annually bring 25-30 employers to the National Guard training center at Fort Indiantown Gap. … He is enthusiastic and dedicated to the ESGR mission.”


Terry has five years and assumed the position of state Ombudsman Director in 2015.  He actively recruits support from faculty, staff and students of the Penn State Law School and assists providing one-on-one information briefings to over 250 attendees at the annual Pennsylvania Society of Human Resource Managers annual state conference.  On his nomination form for Ombudsman Volunteer of the Year, Wes commented in part: “He leads by example, annually handling ten percent of the USERRA cases personally. He implemented a statewide Ombudsman refresher training in 2017 that has had tremendous positive results, keeping our 26-ombudsman current in the USERRA law. He revised the system for assigning cases within the state, so that it is done equitably. He pioneered the establishment of the assistant ombudsman director(s), adding needed depth to this crucial service. He served on the National ombudsman committee for three years, providing advice on changes to procedure, rules and tracking that were all adopted nationwide. He provides the bulk of our USERRA training to all volunteers at our annual training conference. He has personally recruited three new Ombudsman in 2019. Terry is dedicated to supporting our members of the Guard and Reserve through the services of our ombudsman. He does an extraordinary job and I am honored to recommend him for Ombudsman VOTY!”


Bill joined the Pennsylvania ESGR volunteer ranks over 10 years ago and serves at the North Central Area Chair.  In November 2019 he assumed the additional duty of state Public Affairs Officer (PAO).  Since assuming the PAO position he’s posted an active Facebook page and has posted numerous press release on the page and in over 22 hometown newspapers.  In nominating Bill, Wes stated in part: “Bill has done a magnificent job as the state PAO! The position had been empty for five years and he made an immediate and very positive impact. He capitalized on his success getting news advisories and releases for Patriot Awards done in his local area to roll that program out to the entire state. He has energized our web site and kept it up to date. He has worked harmoniously with the National Guard PAO to piggyback on their efforts and gain additional coverage for PA ESGR, most notably to gain statewide coverage on our annual Bosslift and Employer Awards luncheons. …  I use him as one of our trainers at our annual statewide all volunteer training refresher to cover public affairs and employer awards presentation techniques. Bill is a definite leader inside PA ESGR and it is an honor to nominate him for the Public Affairs VOTY award.”

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