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Committee Leadership

Mr. Phil Sanders State Chair
Mr. Ty Corbett State Vice Chair
Ms. Hannah M. Schoepp East Area Chair
Ms. Judy West East Central Co-Chair
Mr. James "Jim" Rabideau East Central Co-Chair
Mr. John Fulghum King County Chair
Mr. John Natterstad North Area Chair
Mr. Art McCallum South Chair
Ms. Jennifer Hibbs South Co-Chair
Mr. Ohad Lowy and Ms. Mary Miller South Sound Co Chairs
Mr. Jon Ison West Central Chair
Mr. Burt Backman Awards Director
Mr. Paul “Frosty” Frost Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Jim Miller Military Outreach Director
Mr. Larry Kirchner Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Natterstad Asst. Ombudsman Director
Mr. Ohad Lowy Public Affairs Director
Mr. Ken Schwarm Training 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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July 27, 2021Madigan Army Medical Center supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

JOINT BASE LEWIS – MCCHORD, Wash. – The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act was enacted to ensure that the civilian employment of service members in the National Guard and Reserves was not adversely affected by their military service they understand the impact of what it means to have a supportive employer.   

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July 26, 2021ESGR Announces 2021 James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award Recipients

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award. The recipients are ESGR volunteers nominated by their respective ESGR State Committee Chairs for their exceptional contributions to ESGR’s mission over a sustained period of time.

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July 20, 2021King County District Court supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

SEATTLE – Callista Welbaum, therapeutic courts manager for King County District Court, was presented with a Patriot Award, by Huy Nguyen, Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) employer outreach coordinator, in a virtual presentation, in recognition of extraordinary support of her employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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