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West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. Joel Miltenberger Chair
Mr. Chuck Brannon Vice Chair
Mr. John Miller/Mr. Dan Lanier/ Mr. Joe Holley Chair Emeritus
Mr. Sam Haddad Military Outreach Director
Mr. Johnnie Ross  Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Finlayson Training Director
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Miller Asst. Ombudsman Director
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. James Crawford Eastern Area Chair
VACANT Southern Area Chair
Mr. Gerald "Pete" Knapp Ohio River Area 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

Rita McCallister Volunteer Support Technician 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Brian Shaw State Program Coordinator 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311


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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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