Contact Information

Tyler Sandford Volunteer Support Technician 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

Samantha Stripko Program Support Specialist 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

New Jersey

Committee Leadership

Mr. Don Tretola State Chair Ms. Carol Beske Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Leo McGuire/Mr. Michael Ferraro Vice Chair Mr. Dennis Dougherty Co-Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Gregory Septer Ombudsman Director Mr. Louis DiGeronimo Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Liz Thomas Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Alex Hernandez Northern Area Chair
Mr. McKinley Williams Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Art Maggs Central Area Chair
Mr. Frank Colavita Military Outreach Director Ms. Leah Arter Employment Initiative Director


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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January 08, 2020In Memoriam – Russell Summerlin – Alabama State Chair Emeritus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) announces the passing of its former state chair, retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Russell Summerlin Jan. 5. Summerlin served as the Alabama State Chair from 2006 through 2011 and was also a member of several committees and what's now known as the  Board of Directors.

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November 18, 2019Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Recognizes 2018 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the 2018 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) during the National Leadership Meeting Nov. 15. Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operational.

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September 04, 2019Smashburger supervisor honored by Department of Defense for Patriot Support

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J –Brian Bain, a supervisor in the Smashburger restaurant chain, was recently presented the Department of Defense Patriot Award by Jack Fearing, who the is Hunterdon County Chair for the New Jersey Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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