Contact Information

Mary Lou Paquette Volunteer Support Technician 1 Minuteman Way
Concord NH 03301

Michael Pacheco Program Support Specialist 1 Minuteman Way
Concord NH 03301

New Hampshire

Committee Leadership

Mr. Bruce Thompson State Chair
Mr. James Moody Vice Chair
Mr. Stephen Curry Training Director
Mr. Edward Facey Ombudsman Director
Mr. Michael Rice Military Outreach Director
VACANT Employer Outreach Director
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. Sanford Way Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Michael Walzak Region 1 Chair
Mr. John Howley Region 2 Chair
Mr. Ted Kehr Region 3 Chair
Mr. Vincent Benincasa Region 4 Chair
Mr. David Quinn Advisor, Emeritus State Chair


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.


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October 02, 2019Dartmouth-Hitchcock Honored by NH ESGR

LEBANON, N.H. – New Hampshire Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced today CEO, Dr. Joanne Conroy, received the ESGR Seven Seals Award, and Chief Nursing Officer Karen Clements, received the Above and Beyond Award in recognition of the extraordinary support of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s employees who serve in the New Hampshire Guard and Reserve.

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August 23, 2019DOD Honors Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

WASHINGTON – Fifteen private-sector and municipal employers received the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a Pentagon ceremony for providing exceptional support to their employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

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June 17, 2019Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.