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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
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
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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November 27, 2022Allied Universal Security Supervisor Honored with a Department of Defense Patriot Award

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Army National Guard Spc. Melissa Espinoza, is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to his employment supervisor, Roberto Baldazo.

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November 22, 2022ESGR Gathers for Annual National Leadership Meeting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, dozens of state committee leaders, volunteers, and staff of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) gathered at the Mark Center for the 2022 Annual National Leadership Meeting (NLM) November 17 and 18.

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November 21, 2022Judge Matthew Opat honored with Department of Defense Patriot Award

CITY PRESTON, Minn. – Army National Guard Maj. Corinne Haugen is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to her employment supervisor Judge Matthew Opat. 

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