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Wed, Mar 20


CDA Inn Best Western

March Meeting- Supporting Employers in Hiring Veterans and the Employer Support for Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Program

This is a multi-speaker event! Our speakers will discuss how employers can use the DOL support to hire Veterans and those in active duty Guard and Reserve. Reserve your spot today!

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March Meeting- Supporting Employers in Hiring Veterans and the Employer Support for Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Program
March Meeting- Supporting Employers in Hiring Veterans and the Employer Support for Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Program

Time & Location

Mar 20, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

CDA Inn Best Western, 506 W Appleway Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, USA


About the event

Topic:   Supporting employers in hiring Veterans and the Employer Support for Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Program

The speakers will overlap on the Employer Support for Guard and Reserve Program while wearing other ‘hats’ as this program is an additional duty as part of our full-time unique individual jobs serving Veterans in other capacities. 

Speaker focus: 

1. Kenneth works for the ID Dept of Labor and will speak on how he assists local Veterans in finding meaningful employment and assists local employers in hiring Veterans.

2. Cassandra will speak directly about the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Program

3. Brandi will speak on how she assists the Servicemembers and their families with work/life balance in their civilian and military capacity and the support for family members when the Servicemember is deployed.

4. Command Sergeant Major Knapp will speak on the training and mission of our local National Guard Unit.


Kenneth Scott: Veterans Representative, Post Falls Local Office, Idaho Department of Labor

Cassandra Rzepa: Program Manager for the Idaho National Guard Military and Family Readiness Team

Brandi Stordahl: Military and Family Readiness Specialist for North Idaho

CSM William Knapp: 145th Brigade Support Battalion Command Sergeant Major.

Kenneth Scott Bio:

Kenneth M. Scott is a Veteran Representative with the Idaho Department of Labor since March 2022 serving Regions 1 and 2. He is responsible for case managing North Idaho Veterans with barriers to employment to seek and obtain referral services to overcome their challenges while becoming job ready to obtain meaningful employment. Additionally, he networks with employers to assist them in hiring Veterans utilizing Federal and State programs. He also serves as a board member on the North Idaho Veterans Stand Down Committee.

Ken was born on October 11, 1972 to Robert and Dorothy Scott in Greenville, Pennsylvania. While growing up he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing baseball, and later worked on a local dairy farm. He has a brother Dan and a daughter Tanyn. He graduated from Reynolds High School with the Class of 1991 and immediately enlisted in the Air Force.

His military career spans 26 years with 7 assignments to include 4 stateside and 3 in Europe. He started out as a nuclear weapons craftsman where he was responsible for maintaining special weapons at 4 various locations which included duties facilitating Russian Dignitary Inspections in compliance with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty initiatives. He later cross-trained into Manpower and Personnel for his final 3 assignments to include working in NATO overseeing various exercises in the European Theater and operations in Afghanistan.

Cassandra Rzepa Bio:

A native of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was raised in a military family, instilling in her a deep appreciation for service and sacrifice from a young age. As a devoted mother of two wonderful children, Collin, aged 12, and Jaiclynn, aged 13, Cassandra brings a unique perspective to her work in supporting military families.

With firsthand experience as a military spouse, having been previously married to an Army soldier, Cassandra understands the challenges and sacrifices faced by military families. She has experienced multiple deployments from both a professional and personal perspective, which fuels her passion for serving and supporting those who serve.

Currently serving as the Program Manager for the Idaho National Guard Military and Family Readiness Team, Cassandra's journey in military family support began in 2006 when she started her career as a Military and Family Readiness Specialist. Her dedication and expertise led her to assume the role of Program Manager in 2020, where she continues to make a profound impact on the lives of service members and their families.

A proud alumna of Coeur d'Alene High School, Cassandra graduated in 2000 before pursuing higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and a Communication and Technology Certificate from the University of Phoenix, reflecting her commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Cassandra is an avid volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) since 2007. Her dedication to supporting a positive relationship between military personnel and their civilian careers further underscores her commitment to service and community engagement.

Beyond her professional and volunteer commitments, Cassandra finds solace and joy in outdoor activities such as hiking into remote mountain lakes, fishing, and snowboarding. Her love for the outdoors serves as a source of rejuvenation and inspiration in her life.

Cassandra Rzepa's unique background, combining personal experiences with professional expertise, makes her an empathetic leader. Her personal and professional journey resonates with audiences, inspiring them to make a positive impact in their communities and support military families with empathy and understanding.

Brandi Stordahl Bio:

Brandi displays a passion for supporting the military, Veterans, and their families. As the spouse of a medically retired Marine Corps Veteran, she brings a unique perspective and deep understanding of the challenges faced by military families.

Brandi is a proud graduate of Eastern Washington University where she honed her skills and knowledge in a service-related field. Her commitment to the military community is evident in her six years of invaluable experience working with a Veteran non-profit organization dedicated to easing the burdens of struggling Veterans.

Currently serving as the Military and Family Readiness Specialist for North Idaho, she plays a crucial role in providing essential support to local military families. She also volunteers as the Military Point of Contact for Region 1 of the Idaho Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, helping to foster positive relationships between National Guard and Reserve personnel and their civilian employers.

With a proven track record of dedication and advocacy, Brandi Stordahl stands as a beacon of support to North Idaho’s military community, exemplifying resilience, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those who have served.

CSM William Knapp Bio:

CSM William Knapp serves as the 145th Brigade Support Battalion Command Sergeant Major. He grew up in Kellogg Idaho and graduated from Kellogg High School in the Spring of 1998. After high school, he joined the Idaho Army National Guard as a Heavy Equipment Operator and enrolled in College at the North Idaho College in Coeur d’ Alene ID. As a Heavy Equipment Operator, he was assigned to A Co 116thEngineer Battalion. In 2001, A Co 116th was Mobilized to Mountain Home Idaho in support of Operation Noble Eagle, where he served as a Security Force personnel with the Air Force. After the Mobilization, he went back to work at Tom Addis Lake City Ford as a Mechanic and finished the Automotive Program at North Idaho College. In the summer of 2002, he started work full-time as a Technician for the Idaho Army National Guard. In 2004 the 116thEngineer Battalion reorganized and became the 145th Brigade Support Battalion, he was moved to Bravo Co 145th BSB as a Mechanic. In 2010 the 116th Brigade Combat team was deployed to Iraq, and he served as the Operations Noncommissioned Officer for Bravo Co 145th BSB. The Company’s mission was Personnel Security Details in and around Baghdad Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2013, he was promoted to Master Seargent as the 145th BSB Battalion Motor Seargent. During his time as BMS, the 116th Brigade went to the National Training Center in 2015. He became the First Sergeant of Bravo Company 145th BSB in 2016 and served there for 6 years, with another successful National Training Center rotation in 2019. In 2022 he was moved to the Joint Force Head Quarters and was placed on the MAIT team. In November of 2022, he was promoted to Seargent Major and was made the G3 Seargent Major. In October of 2023 he was selected as the Command Seargent Major of the 145th BSB Battalion and serves in this role presently.


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