Board Members of LULAC Iowa

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.

In 2011, he co-founded LULAC Council 307 in Des Moines because he wanted Latinos in Iowa to become part of a national organization that could help them reclaim their spirit in fighting to address their rights in the areas of immigration, jobs, health care and education.

Henry was at the forefront in the recent fight against voter suppression in Iowa. He worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa to file a lawsuit against Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, a Republican, in an attempt to stop Schultz from enacting laws that would suppress voters, many of whom were Latinos, from enacting their constitutional right to vote.

Henry also has been involved with several other efforts in the Latino community. He helped organize the first-ever Latino Legislative Day at the Iowa State Capitol in 2013, led a successful Latino voter registration effort in 2012, and oversaw the creation of the first-ever database of registered Latino voters in Iowa. The database identified almost 35,000 registered Latino voters by political party, residency and voting history. The information was used for Iowa LULAC’s voter outreach and registration campaign, which, along with the work of other Latino organizations, resulted in several thousand more Latinos in Iowa registering to vote in the November election.

Currently, Henry serves on the national board of the League of United Latin American Citizens, board member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and is a commissioner for the Des Moines Civil Service.  He recently was appointed to the grievance board of the Iowa Supreme Court, and is part of the Des Moines South-Side Revitalization Partnership and the Southwest Ninth Street Merchants Committee.

 

 

Michael Reyes

State Director 

Michael Reyes was born and raised in the Quad Cities and has been involved with LULAC since the mid-1980s. He has served as president of LULAC Council 10 in eastern Iowa for the past three years. In that position, he has helped revitalize the council and raised public awareness of the role LULAC has played in the Quad Cities for more than 53 years.

Reyes is a retired U.S. Army civilian with more than 30 years of government services. He worked in various capacities in manufacturing and industry in the areas of industrial engineering, logistics management, industrial base specialist, quality assurance, manufacturing and project execution.

He received the National Defense Medal in 1970 for his service in the U.S. Army as a medical corpsman. He also received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Reyes currently works as the senior program manager for Decision Sciences Inc., a U.S. defense support contractor, where he manages the DSI Rock Island Arsenal site office. He also serves on the city of Davenport’s Affirmative Action Commission, on the Civil Rights Office Citizens’ Advisory Panel and on the Riverboat Development Authority Board. 

 

Maria Bribriesco
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 mother of three adult sons (two lawyers and a cardiac-thoracic surgeon).  She is proud grandmother of six.  Maria hails from the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  Her paternal family have resided in South Texas since the 1790's --- Maria and her family did not cross the border; the border crossed them.  Maria has humble beginnings.  She and her family were migrant farmworkers for many years; however, the family believed in the power of education.  With financial help, student loans, and work, 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.
 
Maria believes in being involved and working to make the community better.  Maria was a candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012 and garnered 46% of the vote.  In 2014, she ran for the Iowa State Senate and again received 46% of the vote.  She is currently the President of the Davenport-Bettendorf American Association of University Women and is the Deputy State Director for the Iowa League of Latin American Citizens as well as the organization's Political Action Director.  



Luis Rojas
State Secretary

Toni Robertson
State Treasurer

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. 

 

 

Mary Campos 
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.

 

 

Janet Weaver
Deputy State Director for Women's Activities

Antonio Cedillo
Deputy State Director for Youth Activities 

Jason Ulloa
Parliamentarian

Leo Agnew
Chaplin

 

Andrew Bribriesco
Legal Adviser

Andrew Bribriesco is a licensed attorney and has been a member and president of LULAC Council 308 since 2014. 

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." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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