Speaker's Bureau

Welcome to our Speaker's Bureau Page. Here you can find a number of qualified speakers to speak on topics relevant to Michigan Latinos.

Speaker's Bureau

Juan Marinez

Juan Marinez

 Juan Marinez, is a graduate of Michigan State University. He was  the MSU Extension program director, and joined MSU Extension in 1973 as a program leader in special programs. He also served as a regional Extension supervisor for MSU Extension. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman as the national program coordinator on farm workers and secured $20 million to farm workers who had been negatively affected by natural disasters, the first-ever available funds to go to farm worker assistance during a natural disaster.

LLEAD; Michigan agriculture; Hispanic farmers; oral history; grants review

 Juan Marinez, is a graduate of Michigan State University. He was  the MSU Extension program director, and joined MSU Extension in 1973 as a program leader in special programs. He also served as a regional Extension supervisor for MSU Extension. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman as the national program coordinator on farm workers and secured $20 million to farm workers who had been negatively affected by natural disasters, the first-ever available funds to go to farm worker assistance during a natural disaster.

Guillermo Z. Lopez

Guillermo Z. Lopez

Guillermo Z. Lopez was first elected to the Lansing School Board of Education in 2001 and re-elected in 2007 and 2016 for three six year terms.  His memberships include the Ingham County Fair Board, is the Lansing School Board of Education board liaison to the Chicano/Latino Advisory Committee and is in his second term as President of the Greater Lansing Latino Leaders for the Advancement of Advocacy and Development (LLEAD). He is the current Immediate Past President of the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members of the National School Boards Association.

LLEAD; public education; elections and political participation

Guillermo Z. Lopez was first elected to the Lansing School Board of Education in 2001 and re-elected in 2007 and 2016 for three six year terms.  His memberships include the Ingham County Fair Board, is the Lansing School Board of Education board liaison to the Chicano/Latino Advisory Committee and is in his second term as President of the Greater Lansing Latino Leaders for the Advancement of Advocacy and Development (LLEAD). He is the current Immediate Past President of the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members of the National School Boards Association.

Elva Reyes

Elva Reyes

Elva Castilla Reyes is a former Field Services Assistant in the Marketing Department with MESSA, the State of Michigan Education Special Services Association who retired after 30 years of service.  She has held Union positions as a Negotiations Chair and President of the MESSA-SSA Support Staff Union.  She is currently a Trustee for LCLAA, serves as a member of the Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force of Action of Greater Lansing and is a LLEAD charter member. She has been involved with Lansings Cesar E. Chavez Committee in efforts to rename Grand River Avenue/ Honorary Cesar E.

LLEAD, Cesar E. Chavez, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Immigrants, Civil Rights, UAW, Bias Incidents, Lansing

Elva Castilla Reyes is a former Field Services Assistant in the Marketing Department with MESSA, the State of Michigan Education Special Services Association who retired after 30 years of service.  She has held Union positions as a Negotiations Chair and President of the MESSA-SSA Support Staff Union.  She is currently a Trustee for LCLAA, serves as a member of the Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force of Action of Greater Lansing and is a LLEAD charter member. She has been involved with Lansings Cesar E. Chavez Committee in efforts to rename Grand River Avenue/ Honorary Cesar E.

Alberto Flores

Alberto Flores

Alberto Flores is a founding member of LLEAD.  Flores served as the Acting Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.  In his role, he was responsible for several initiatives and projects including: the Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Report Recommendations Group; Anti-Bullying Forums; Michigan Leadership Collaborative on Civil & Human Rights; Governor’s Immigration Initiative (Global Michigan); and other planning groups within MDCR.

LLEAD, American GI Forum, Anti-Bullying, Bias Incidents, Civil Rights, Immigration and Immigrant Rights, Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker

Alberto Flores is a founding member of LLEAD.  Flores served as the Acting Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Rudy Reyes

Rudy Reyes

Rudolfo “Rudy” Reyes retired after 37.5 years as a General Motors line worker. He served as a Community Chair for the UAW. Reyes serves on the Cristo Rey Community Center Board of Directors as a member, is a member and Chair of the American Red Cross Great Lakes Region Blood Services and a member of the Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force of Action of Greater Lansing and is a Grand Knight of the San Juan Diego Council of the Knights of Columbus #15417, Cristo Rey Parish, Lansing. Reyes has been involved in numerous social issues through his career.

 

LLEAD, Cesar E. Chavez, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Immigrants, Civil Rights, UAW, Bias Incidents, Lansing

Rudolfo “Rudy” Reyes retired after 37.5 years as a General Motors line worker. He served as a Community Chair for the UAW.

Daniel R. Soza III

Daniel R. Soza III

Daniel R. Soza III is a lifelong resident of  Saginaw, MI and currently serves as the Director of The Neighborhood House in Saginaw’s south side.  Prior to that, he served as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America for 15 years.  He attended Delta College where he earned an Associates Degree in Pre-Law and  attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. 

LLEAD, Boy Scouts of America, after-school youth services

Daniel R. Soza III is a lifelong resident of  Saginaw, MI and currently serves as the Director of The Neighborhood House in Saginaw’s south side.  

Diana Rivera

Diana Rivera

Diana Rivera is the head of the Cesar E. Chavez Collection/Coleccíon Cesar E. Chavez at the Michigan State University Libraries. She is a member of the LLEAD State Board and has been a member of several professional library and Chicanx Studies organizations. She chaired the North American Cartographic Information Society; member of the Special Libraries Association Geography and Map Division; Latino Studies Association, member; National Association for Chicano and Chicana Studies (NACCS), national and Midwest region member.

LLEAD, Cesar E. Chavez, Trabajo Rustico, Velvet Painting as Art, Libraries and Archives, oral history

Diana Rivera is the head of the Cesar E. Chavez Collection/Coleccíon Cesar E. Chavez at the Michigan State University Libraries. She is a member of the LLEAD State Board and has been a member of several professional library and Chicanx Studies organizations.