ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces the 2021 Regional Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). After being nominated by their State Chairs, these recipients were reviewed and recommended by Regional Awards Boards comprised of the State Chairs within each region.
Congratulations to the outstanding volunteers listed below!
2021 Employer Outreach Regional Volunteers of the Year:
Ronald Pitts – Northeast – Maryland
Peter Caspari – Southeast – Florida
Scott Klein – Central - Illinois
John (Jack) Simmons – West - California
2021 Military Outreach Regional Volunteers of the Year:
Michael Rice – Northeast – New Hampshire
Kenny Walcott – Southeast – Virgin Islands
Alan Battenburg – Central – Texas
Greg Malkasian – West - Oregon
2021 Ombudsman Regional Volunteers of the Year:
Richard Bedell – Northeast – Massachusetts
Tom Gerity – Southeast - Mississippi
Kathleen Dial – Central - Texas
Troy Brimhall – West - California
2021 Public Affairs Regional Volunteers of the Year:
William Burkhard - Northeast – Pennsylvania
Ken Tarkington – Southeast - Tennessee
Amy Malina – Central - Illinois
2021 Training Regional Volunteers of the Year:
Peter Brunette - Northeast - Maine
Donald Elswick – Southeast - Alabama
David MacDonna – Central - Illinois
Ron LoPorto – West - Wyoming
2021 Operations Regional Volunteers of the Year:
Earl Bonett – Northeast - Massachusetts
Jerry Bush – Southeast - Tennessee
Leroy Frahm – Central – Wisconsin
Joseph Boscacci – West – California
The Regional Volunteers of the Year are further evaluated by the appropriate ESGR Subcommittee and Headquarters personnel to determine National Volunteers of the Year in each function/mission category.
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers. To learn more about ESGR, part of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, visit www.ESGR.mil.