Officers & Staff

President

Jerry Messer

Jerry started at Oscar Mayer in 1967, where he worked for eighteen years. In 1990, he came to Local 431 and worked as a union Organizer and Representative for the Des Moines area. In June 2009, Jerry was elected as President of Local 431, a position that he holds today. In the past he has served as delegate to the Quad City Federation of Labor and as Director of Organizing and Political Affairs.

Secretary-Treasurer

Lois Taylor

Lois Taylor started her Union Membership at Eagle Food Center as a cashier in 1979. In 1990, Lois was hired full time by UFCW Local 431 as a Union Representative. In 2009, Lois was elected as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 431. Lois also serves as Treasurer of The Women’s Network, Delegate of the Quad City Federation of Labor, and Vice President of the Child Abuse Council in the Quad Cities. 

Union Representatives

Scott Noyd

Scott started at Oscar Mayer in 1987. In 2001 he began working for Local 431 as a Union Representative. Scott also serves as the Recording Secretary of the Local 431 Executive Board, a Delegate for the Quad City Federation of Labor, a committee member for the Labor Day parade and picnic, and a board member for Rock Island County.

Mario Ruiz Ronquillo

Mario started as a meat cutter at the Excel plant in Beardstown, IL in 1999, where he worked until 2009. He is now a Union Representative/Organizer at the Local office in Davenport. Mario serves on many boards, including the Executive Board of Local 431, the Governor's Safety Committee, the Housing Committee, the Quad Cities Interfaith Board, and the Diocese of Davenport.

Samuel Stokes

Samuel started at the Tyson Waterloo plant in 1991, where he became a Plant Representative in 2012. In January 2017,  Local 431 hired Samuel as a Union Representative, servicing members in Waterloo, IA and surrounding areas. Samuel was appointed to the Executive Board of Local 431 in 2006.

Bob Waters

Bob started his career at Oscar Mayer in 1987. He was hired by the Local as an Organizer in 2009. In 2010 he was promoted to Union Representative/Organizing Director. Bob is a delegate for the Quad City Federation of Labor and is also the 1st Vice President/Trustee of the Local 431 Executive Board.

Organizers

Colleen Huber

Colleen started at Oscar Mayer in 1993, and was Chief Steward from 2009 to 2014. She then became Plant Representative in 2014. In 2017, she was hired as a full time Organizer for Local 431. Colleen was appointed to the Executive Board of Local 431 in 2009.

Simplice Mabalia Kuelo

Simplice started at the Cargill Meatpacking Plant in Beardstown, IL in 2013. In 2014, he became a Chief Steward/Translator for Local 431 and most recently was hired on staff as an Organizer. Simplice was appointed to the Executive Board of Local 431 in 2014.