About Us

Voces of Battle Creek, Michigan

Voces is a warm and inviting space where the Latino / Hispanic community of greater Battle Creek and Southwest Michigan can come together and receive empowering support in several different ways. Our name, which means “voices” in Spanish, was chosen following a community contest to represent our mission and goal of “Many Voices, One Community.” 

Voces was initially organized In 2007 by a small group of dedicated Latinos and allies interested in improving the health, quality of life, and leadership of Latino / Hispanic families in greater Battle Creek, MI. Voces began operations in May 2008 as a Community Project Fund of the Battle Creek Community Foundation with generous financial support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.


Today, Voces is an independent nonprofit organization serving the Latino / Hispanic community in Calhoun County, MI, with generous local and national support. 

Our Mission

To promote an inclusive society by providing Latino/ Hispanic families with opportunities and resources that lead to individual and community transformation.

Our Vision

The Latino/ Hispanic community reaches its full potential and is united and engaged in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of the greater Battle Creek community.

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Eugenia Ranger

Associate Director



Fernanda Reyes

Community Liaison


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Mary Okamoto

English as a Second Language Instructor

Japanese/English Interpreter



Karen Vater

Spanish/ English Interpreter


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Sandra Tapia-Randolph

Spanish/ English Interpreter


Voces Board of Directors

Rosario Uribe, Board President      
Associate CoMan Manager, Kellogg Company

Gabriela Vicente-Lemus, Board Vice President

City of Battle Creek, City Attorney's Office, Legal Assistant.

Maria Calderon, Board Secretary
United Educational Credit Union

Laura Carisalez, Treasurer 

Senior Financial Analyst, Kellogg Company

Carmen Soto, Director
Community Representative

Jacqueline Slaby, Board Trustee 

Battle Creek Public Schools

Israel Flores, Board Trustee

Northern Initiatives, Business Development Specialist

Funders & Partners: 

Collaborating for a Stronger Community

Voces is deeply committed to collaboration with other people and organizations in our area, including nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, churches and professional groups. When we work together in pursuit of common goals, everyone benefits.


Below is a list of our current funders and partners. We are truly grateful for their support and assistance throughout the year. If you'd like to get involved in the work of Voces, click here now. To make a financial contribution, click here now. No matter who you are or what your background, we also invite you to become a Voces member.

Select Funders

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Battle Creek Community Foundation

United Way of the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region

The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation


Kellogg Company Fund

TESOL International Association

Kellogg Community College


Chemical Bank

United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region 

Old National Bank

BlueOx Credit Union

BC Vision
Many generous individuals, businesses and organizations

The People of Battle Creek

Strategic Program Funders

Battle Creek YMCA

Post-Franklin Elementary School

Springfield Middle School

The Burma Center

Lakeview School District

Calhoun Area Career Center

Battle Creek College Access Network (BCCAN)

Educational Achievement Services

Intercambio, Inc.

KCC – Center for Diversity and Innovation

BC Pulse

Beacon Community

Willard Library

Early Childhood Connections

Language Access Partners

Calhoun ISD – Early On Program

Calhoun County Health Department

DayOne Family Healthcare

Integrated Health Partners

Bronson Battle Creek and Physician’s Offices

Bronson Healthcare Group - Kalamazoo

Grace Health

Southwest Michigan Eye Center

CARES of Southwest Michigan

Battle Creek Police Department

Battle Creek Public Schools

Legal & Privacy Statement  

© 2019 Voces. All rights reserved. 

Todos los derechos reservados. 


Voces is a nonprofit organization serving the Calhoun County, MI area.

Voces es una organización sin fines de lucro que ofrece sus servicios al condado de Calhoun, MI, y demás áreas. 

520 W Michigan Ave

Battle Creek, MI 49037