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Committee Leadership

Mr. Tom Simonet State Chair
VACANT State Vice Chair
Ms. Lois Robinson Region 1 Chair
Mr. Ron Lindgren Region 1 Co Chair
Mr. Fred Godec 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
Vacant 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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May 01, 2022Contract Manufacturing Services supervisor honored with Department of Defense Patriot Award

MILACA, Minn. – Toni Clariin from Central Minnesota Contract Manufacturing Services (CMCMS), Inc. received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. The ceremony held on April 29, 2022.  Minnesota United States Army Reservist Spc. Tavia Paumen nominated Toni.  Toni is the Business Manager for CMCMS and Tavia’s supervisor.

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April 18, 2022Cargill supervisors honored with Department of Defense Awards

HOPKINS, Minn. – Two managers on the Digital Foundry team at Cargill, a Minnesota based global food corporation that is, in terms of revenue, the largest privately held corporation in the United States, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award recently.

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April 18, 2022GN ReSound supervisor receives Department of Defense award

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Andy Klapperick of GN ReSound in Bloomington received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award recently. Klapperick was nominated by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Carlson and ESGR-MN Volunteer Christie Nixon presented the award.

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