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Committee Leadership

Mr. James Cunningham State Chair
Ms. Tonja Pardo State Vice Chair
Mr. Joseph Bell Awards Director
Mr. Rich Thibodo Training Director
Vacant Military Outreach Director
Vacant Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Susan Schenk Public Affairs Director
Mr. Greg Malkasian Volunteer Coordinator
Ms. Dianne Nordhaus Ombudsman Director
Mr. Art McCallum Area 1 Chair
Mr. Robert Windus Area 2 Chair
Mr. Fritz McReynolds Area 3 Chair
Mr. Rich Thibodo Area 4 Chair
Mr. Keith Schwartz Area 5 Chair
Mr. Jack Johnson Area 6 Chair
Mr. Mike Kalberg Area 7 Chair
Mr. Greg Malkasian Area 8 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.

Contact Information

Andrew Philpott Volunteer Support Technician PO Box 14350
Salem OR 97309

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January 31, 2023ESGR welcomes new Executive Director

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – U.S. Navy Capt. Jonathan Townsend assumes the duties of Executive Director of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) from U.S. Navy Capt. Robbie Underhill Feb 1. In this role, Townsend leads the Department of Defense ESGR in its mission of facilitating and promoting a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service.

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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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October 20, 2022 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Seeks Nominations for Alaska ESGR State Chair

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces the launch of their formal search for the next Alaska ESGR State Chair.

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