Contact Information

Kathy Kozak Volunteer Support Technician 8660 W. Cermak Rd.
North Riverside IL 60546

Thomas J. Korth Program Support Specialist 1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL 62702-2317

MAJ Loren J. Easter IL ESGR Program Coordinator 1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL 62702-2317


Committee Leadership

Mr. Ron Bacci State Chair
Mr. Mike Holub Vice Chair
Ms. Laurie Silvey Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Terry McCollom Military Outreach Director
Mr. John Owens
EIP Director
Mr. Dick Franzen Ombudsman Services Director
Mr. Tim Franklin Training Director
Ms. Kelli Jessup

Awards Director

Ms. Amy Malina

Public Affairs Director


Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is one of 54 ESGR State Committees nationwide working with a common purpose - to promote 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.

Illinois ESGR works through a network of dedicated volunteers throughout the state who carry out this mission. Our volunteers conduct employer outreach programs, including informational briefings and events, neutral mediation and recognition of employers whose policies support or encourage military service. We also work to inform and educate thousands of Reserve Component members regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and ways to develop and maintain a good relationship their employer.

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March 20, 2017Walgreens supervisors receive Department of Defense Patriot Awards

NORTH RIVERSIDE, Ill. – Pharmacy Scheduler Caitlin McKeon at Walgreens in Darien, Pharmacy Manager Kimberly Perez at Walgreens at 3405 S. King Drive in Chicago, IL were presented with Patriotic Employer Awards from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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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.
February 24, 2017Weiss Memorial Hospital supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

CHICAGO – Executive Director of Perioperative Services Tanda Russell at Weiss Memorial Hospital was presented with a Patriot Award from Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. She was nominated by Petty Officer 1st Class Arrion Williams U.S. Naval Reserve.

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