Executive Committee

Barbara Hames-Bryant

President

Phone: 319.573-3515
Email: [email protected]

Barbara Hames-Bryant is President of a three-generation family housing business based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Hames – The Homes People ®, founded in 1969, provides beautiful, affordable factory-built homes for Eastern Iowans, as well as manufactured housing communities, financing, insurance and site-built homes.

Barbara is current President of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women and 2018-2019 President of Five Seasons Republican Women in Linn County, and was Treasurer 2014-2017. As president of the FSRW she and the Board developed a new web site, created a membership directory, planned well-attended monthly events, encouraged active volunteerism, and grew 34% in membership. Barbara is also a current board member of Linn Eagles Republican PAC and member of the Cedar Rapids Metro Alliance Business Support Council.

Barbara and her family actively help local, county, state and national GOP candidates, mainly through fundraising and events.  As her late father, Curt Hames, would say, “Politics is not a spectator sport. If you don’t get involved, you deserve the government that you get.”

Barbara has her BA in Economics and Spanish, with a minor in Management, from Drake University.  She holds a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.  After working in banking and software in the Phoenix area, she moved with her husband, Dan Bryant, and children Kelly and Sean back to Iowa in 2000.

Carol Crain

1st Vice President

Phone: 563.650.5594
Email: [email protected]

Carol Crain, former president of Scott County Republican Women, is the newly elected 1st Vice President of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women.  Teaching, volunteerism and family have been Carol’s passions.

Carol graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Elementary and Special Education.  After graduating from Iowa, she made a big move to Tucson, Arizona, where she taught Yaqui (a tribe indigenous to Mexico) Indian children while continuing her graduate studies at the University of Arizona.  After returning to Davenport, she taught first grade at Lincoln School until retiring early to be a full time mom.

Carol was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee for the city of Davenport and for the past eight years has served on the Scott County Civil Service Commission.  She’s a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where she taught religion education classes and participated in various volunteer capacities.  

Carol’s involvement in Republican politics began almost 20 years ago when she was invited to attend a Scott County Republican Women meeting.  Her dedication to the Republican Party is legendary: She served as Scott County Republican Party secretary for two years, Vice Chair for 6 years and chaired the 2nd District Executive Committee.  On IowaFRW, she has served on the Campaign Committee and Awards Chair.  Carol is currently a member of the Republican State Central Committee.  She believes that together, we can all make a difference in the kind of world we want to live in. 

Carol and her husband of 49 years, Henry, live in Davenport. They have three adult daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Lori Leonard Reyman

2nd Vice President

Phone: 712.369.1227
Email: [email protected]

Lori Leonard Reyman, owner of Section 23 Media, is an award-winning writer, editor and publicist from Holstein, Iowa, with 25 years’ experience in communications and media relations, and a lifelong involvement in Republican politics and activism. Leonard Reyman is serving her third biennium on the IowaFRW Executive Council; her fourth term as state Public Relations Chair; and her third term on the Public Relations Committee of the National Federation of Republican Women. During her first term as IowaFRW P.R. Chair in 2014-2015, the Iowa Federation won the coveted National Federation Public Relations trophy.

Leonard Reyman was named to the Honorary Inaugural Committee by Governor Kim Reynolds at the Inauguration of the first female governor of Iowa in January 2019; and chaired the Iowa Suffrage Centennial Gala in June 2019, celebrating 100 years since Iowa ratified the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote.

Leonard Reyman is committed to expanding the Federation’s influence and relevance, and strives to engage citizens of all ages in the election process.

She and her husband, Dennis, split their time between two family farms near Cushing and Holstein where they raise registered Red Angus and Limousin breeding cattle. Their family includes one son and two grandsons; and their household includes Lori’s mother, Gloria; their Miniature Schnauzer Sam T. Dog; and a clowder of kitty cats.

Leonard Reyman graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Journalism and Animal Science. She serves on the Ida County GOP Central Committee, volunteers for community and commodity organizations and serves in leadership and volunteer roles at Faith Lutheran Church AALC, where she is a founding member. She is a God, family, country, critters – in that order – kind of gal.

MaryAnn Spicer BA, MA, ABD

Secretary

As a Waco, Texas transplant to the Midwest, MaryAnn found it was hard being a Republican in a union Democratic household. But she made her conservative choice based on the principles of President Abraham Lincoln who said: “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”

And prepare she has! MaryAnn earned a BA in Clinical Psychology from North Texas State University; an MA in Teaching English, Speech and Theater from Drake University; and ABD from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership. She is also a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) and the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP).

MaryAnn feels the Republican party has also offered her an opportunity to prepare. She continues to nurture that training by watching the leaders of today carve the agenda for tomorrow.

MaryAnn has served in numerous roles within the state and local GOP, and has been a committee member on the National Federation of Republican Women.

Tammy Pink

Treasurer

Phone: 319.447.0790
Email: [email protected]

Tammy Pink served as the Treasurer of Five Seasons Republican Women in Linn County, 2018-19.   She is a member of the Linn Eagles Republican PAC.   In the past, Tammy has served as Treasurer of the Linn County Republican Central Committee.

She has volunteered on numerous state and local campaigns, and helped get Republicans elected at all levels.

Tammy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from Baker College.  She has over thirty years of experience in healthcare revenue cycle leadership in Kansas City and Cedar Rapids.

Tammy resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband.

Gloria Mazza

Immediate Past President

Phone: 515.829.6198
Email: [email protected]

Gloria Mazza became involved in politics when first volunteering for Mitt Romney’s campaign logging 800 volunteers hours. Discovering the desire to stay involved in politics she became the volunteer coordinator for the Republican Party of Polk County and volunteered at the county office and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013.

This led her to her first campaign, working as Office Manager for Mark Jacob’s campaign for U. S Senate; and then served as the Executive Director for the Republican Party of Polk County, Iowa’s largest county from 2014-2016.

As President of the Polk County Republican Women from 2014-2015 the club in being recognized by the National Federation of Republican Women with the Highest Percentage of Membership Growth in the country as well as hosting their first full day 3E – Enlighten, Empower, Engage Women’s Conference; with special guest, Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.  Now the Capitol Region Republican Women, with expansion into two neighboring counties, Mazza filled out a term as President in 2019 and then was elected as president for 2019-2020.

Involvement with the Iowa Federation of Republican began in 2014-2015 as the Chair of the Campaign Committee followed by the office of First Vice President and Membership Chair for 2016-2017. Most recent was as State President of IowaFRW for 2018-2019.  Recently appointed as Vice-Chair to the Caring for America Committee with the National Federation of Republican Women for 2020-2021.

In 2019 she was selected as an Honorary Colonel of the Militia for Iowa’s first elected female Governor Kim Reynolds’ Inauguration.

Gloria’s professional career spanned 23 years with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as Outdoor Skills Coordinator for the State of Iowa and enjoyed pheasant hunts with Governor Branstad and a deer hunt with rock and roller Ted Nugent. She currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Park and Recreation Board for the city of Clive.

She now resides in Clive after a ten year absence from Iowa, moving to New Jersey in 2001 with her husband Tom. She has one adult daughter and two grandchildren.

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Gwen Ecklund

Past President/Advisor

Phone: 712.269.2250

Gwen Ecklund has extensive experience in service to the public, both in politics and non-profits.  She was past state president of Iowa Federal of Republican Women twice, and served in various offices.  Since 1990 she’s also stayed active at the National FRW level participating on several committees, as well as the Board of Directors and Member at Large.

Gwen has served as director of the Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Iowa Republican Legislative Majority Fund.  She was Organization Director for Tom Latham for Congress.

Gwen has recently been appointed as Iowa chair of Maggie’s List, a political action committee which is focused on electing conservative women to federal public office.

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