Contact Information

Scott Essex Volunteer Support Techician 5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix AZ 85008

Valerie Speltz Program Support Specialist 5636 E McDowell Road
Phoenix AZ 85008


Committee Leadership

Mr. Darren Venters State Chair Mrs. Rebecca Elliott
Ombudsman Director
Mr. Al Shipley State Vice Chair Mr. Anthony Morrison
Training Director
Mr. Larry Jacobs Northern Area Chair Mr. Ed Mangan
Military Outreach Director
Mr. John Chernoski
Southern Area Chair
Mr. Sven Olsen
Public Affairs Director
Mr. Dan Irving
Central Area Chair
Mrs. Sharon Spane
Employer Outreach Co-Director

Ms. Marci Rogers
Employer Outreach Co-Director


Welcome! Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (AZESGR) is a Department of Defense office dedicated to promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve. 

AZ ESGR is led and operated by a staff of 63 volunteers and four full time staff working throughout the Grand Canyon State to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), resolving conflicts through mediation, and connecting military service members and veterans with employment resources. 

The AZ ESGR committee strives to uphold the “We all Serve” motto by creating and maintaining relationships with Arizona employers and service members through programs such as Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Mediation, and Employment programs. Our mission is to assist both employers and reserve component members equally.

We welcome you to explore our website and invite you to contact us should you have any questions. Our volunteers come from all walks of life; therefore we welcome anyone interested in volunteering with the Arizona ESGR to contact us.


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WASHINGTON (March 13) – Employers that support their military employees’ service make all the difference in the world.  That support can include paying an employee the difference between their military and civilian pay during a deployment, or even offering a full salary for the duration.  It can also be arranging for a US senator to be on hand for a farewell ceremony.  Some companies show their commitment by targeting military for hiring, while others set up military affinity groups to learn how to better serve their military employees.  Still others pitch in and simply make life easier for the families of deployed service members. Learn More.
January 26, 2017Academy Mortgage supervisor receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – As America’s National Guard and Reserve forces spend more time away from their workplaces defending the nation, supporting a demanding operations tempo, and training to maintain their mission readiness, their employers are being asked to sustain a much greater level of employee absence and related consequences.

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January 25, 2017Nevada ESGR seeks volunteers

RENO, Nev. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a national organization dedicated to ensuring employers support and value employees serving in the Guard and Reserve, is seeking volunteers in Nevada.

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