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Committee Leadership

Mr. Tom Krahenbuhl State Chair
Mr. Will Johnson State Vice Chair
Mr. Tracy Beckette State Chair Emeritus
Mr. Lee Metcalf State Chair Emeritus
Mr. Dave Woolley Area 1 Chair
Mr. Michael Woods Area 2 Chair
Mr. James Breckinridge  Area 3 Chair
Mr. Steve Vanderhoof Area 4 Chair
Mr. Sam Bushman Area 5 Chair
Mr. Will Johnson Area 6 Chair
Vacant Area 7 Chair
Mr. Truman Hardy Area 8 Chair
Vacant Area 9 Chair
Ms. Shelda Sternberg Volunteer Coordinator
Ms. Michelle Carlson Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. John Hathcock Director, Military Outreach
Mr. Keith Crumley Military Outreach Assistant
Mr. Joseph Toepke Director, Awards
Dr. Joe King Director, Training
Ms. Samona Kosfeld Director, Ombudsman
Vacant Asst. Director, Ombudsman
Ms. Kaitlin Brothers Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Sam Bushman Director, BossLift


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

Steven Brothers Volunteer Support Technician 2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City MO 65101


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December 12, 2022Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association signs a Statement of Support

HERSHEY, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (PA-ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) recently signed a Statement of Support confirming their support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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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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September 30, 20222023 Freedom Award Nomination Season Opens October 1

WASHINGTON ­– The 2023 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season opens October 1, meaning Guard and Reserve Service members across the nation can submit their exceptional employers for national recognition beginning October 1 until December 31.

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