Board Members of LULAC Iowa
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director for Iowa Michael (Mike) Reyes was born and raised in the Quad Cities and has been associated with LULAC for over 30 years. He served as Council 10 president for 6 of those years. A Vietnam era veteran, Reyes served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. He studied as an industrial engineering technician at Scott Community College and retired from U.S government (Department of the Army) after 30 years of service. From 2003 – 2016 he held the position of senior program manager for Decision Sciences Inc., in charge of business development, special projects and the site manager at the Rock Island Arsenal. As president of LULAC Council 10, Reyes spearheaded the revitalization of the Council, raising public awareness of the important role LULAC has played in the Quad Cities community for over 58 years. As the current LULAC state director for Iowa, he has helped expand LULAC’s footprint in Iowa from 4 to 16 Councils and helped bring LULAC Iowa to the front in ongoing struggles for civil rights, and social justice issues as well as civic engagement across the state. Reyes was also instrumental in establishing the Moline, Illinois LULAC Council. Reyes is also a past recipient of the National LULAC Lifetime Achievement Award & the LULAC National Presidential Award.
Deputy State Director
Maria Cano Bribriesco is a retired attorney from Bettendorf, Iowa. She worked as a civilian attorney-adviser for the U.S. Army for over 27 years at the Rock Island Arsenal. She is married and the proud mother of three adult sons (two lawyers and a cardiac-thoracic surgeon). She is adoring grandmother of six. Maria hails from the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She and her family were migrant farmworkers for many years; however, the family believed in the power of education. Maria graduated with honors from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas with a BA in Criminal Justice. She attended and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1983 and passed the Iowa Bar the same year.
She threw her hat in the political ring twice. Maria is currently the President of the Davenport-Bettendorf American Association of University Women In her spare time, Maria likes to zumba, garden, read and to give a motivational speech entitled “Living Life with Gusto”.
Duty responsibilities include:
(1) To keep in established places all permanent records, inventories and property list of the State;
(2) To handle all correspondence of the State Office as may be assigned by the State Director;
(3) To take down, transcribe and make available to the State membership and National President the minutes and resolutions of the State Assembly and sessions of the State Executive Board within thirty days of said 47 events;
(4) To maintain in a separate volume all resolutions and State Constitution and Bylaw amendments as may be adopted by the State Assembly.
Toni Robertson has been a member of LULAC Council 10 in eastern Iowa for six years. She is currently the Council’s vice president. Council 10 awarded her with its Woman of the Year Award in 2013.
Robertson has been very active with her council, chairing the September Fiesta, helping with the queen contest, and serving on several committees that include the scholarship banquet committee, closing ceremony for veterans’ wreath laying and the VIVA committee.
Robertson believes issues are not addressed and liberties we take for granted do not happen by themselves. It takes a strong community to make those things happen, which is why she became active in LULAC and is supportive of its strong efforts in improving education.
Deputy State Director for the Elderly
Mary Campos was an original member of LULAC Council 308 in Des Moines, which eventually merged with Council 306. She ran for Des Moines City Council twice in the 1980s. Campos is deeply committed to the welfare of Latinos and Latino youth.
She has a long history of being involved with and protecting the rights of Latinos. The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute awarded Campos with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Campos’ grandparents came to the United States from Mexico. Her parents were coal mine workers in Oklahoma who later had to find new employment when the mines closed. Her family moved to northern Iowa where they were migrant workers who sometimes lived in the chicken coops of the families for whom they worked.
Campos is a community activist who serves on the Civil Service Commission for the city of Des Moines. She works as a tutor, an interpreter and helps Latinos in any capacity that she can. She also is vice president of Hispanic American Legion Auxiliary Unit 731, is the 3rd District representative for the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee, and is a member of Council 307 in Des Moines.
Deputy State Director for Women’s Activities
Iowa LULAC Deputy State Director of Women’s Activities Janet Weaver has been a member of LULAC Council 10 for six years. Weaver is the Assistant Curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives (IWA) at the University of Iowa Libraries in Iowa City. At IWA, she participated in the Mujeres Latinas Project to expand primary sources relating to Latinas, their families, and organizations in Iowa. Weaver is the author of articles on Mexican American activism in eastern Iowa and the coordinator for Migration is Beautiful, a digital humanities project on early twentieth century Mexican immigration and settlement in Iowa.
Deputy State Director for Youth Activities
Deputy State Director for Young Adults
Andrew Bribriesco is a licensed attorney and has been a member and president of LULAC Council 308 since 2014.
Joe Enriquez Henry
LULAC National Vice President – Midwest Region
Joe Enriquez Henry is a graduate of Iowa State University and former state director for the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa. Currently, he serves as a national vice president for LULAC and oversees 12 midwest states – Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, and Kansas.
Background: In 2011, co-founded LULAC Council 307 in Des Moines for the specific purpose of civic engagement. Former Washington DC staffer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, serving in various capacities, ranging from national field campaigns and civic engagement to contract negotiations for the 1.5-million-member union from 1992-1999. From 1999-2003, managed issue and candidate campaigns, ranging from city council to congressional and a statewide effort to stop “English Only.” In 2012, as state director for LULAC, worked with the ACLU to take on a 2-year battle against the Iowa Secretary of State who attempted to suppress the vote amongst Latinos and other minorities. Led a successful 5-year statewide voter outreach effort that culminated into tens of thousands of additional registered Latino Voters, a first ever data base of identified registered Latino Voters, and a record turnout of Latinos in the 2016 Iowa Presidential Caucuses.
He believes LULAC involvement is important to the future because the Latino community is the future. “Those who have come before us have fought and struggled, and we must continue if we want progress.”