Executive Staff


Aixa G. Lopez, P.E. / Marketing & Business Development Manager

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A professionally licensed engineer with twenty-four years of experience in both the public and private sector, Aixa Lopez brings a dynamic background to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. From managing multi-million dollar projects in Puerto Rico to overseeing business development/marketing for small business firms in New Jersey, Mrs. Lopez’s expertise is an invaluable resource for nuestrafamilia.

Appointed the first non-civil engineering female director for the Department of Public Works in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Mrs. Lopez is a trailblazer. Currently, Mrs. Lopez is a manager for strategic marketing and business development at Robinson Aerial Surveys, a New Jersey-based firm.

Mrs. Lopez holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, and is certified by the US-NCEES. Mrs. Lopez is also an active member of the Puerto Rico College of Engineers and Surveyors.


Ms. Erica Horton / Office Manager

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Erica Horton is Office Manager for the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ (SHCCNJ). Founded in 1989, SHCCNJ is a flourishing non-profit.

Previously, Ms. Horton interned for both the New York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City, respectively.

In 2006, Ms. Horton received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts and Art History with a minor in Business Administration from Fordham University. In the same year, she joined the SHCCNJ team as Office Assistant. Over her decade-long tenure, she has held a variety of positions. Recently, Ms. Horton completed a Human Resources certificate program.

In addition to her work at SHCCNJ, Ms. Horton spends her time reading, testing new recipes and attempting craft projects.

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Valeria Aloe / Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program Manager

Valeria is a Brand Management, Marketing, and Finance professional with extensive work experience in multiple leading global firms, and a proven track record of driving sustainable top-line growth and profitability in both large and small-sized companies.

Valeria started her career in Accounting and Financial Analysis and subsequently transitioned to Brand Management, Marketing, and Strategic Consulting roles. She held Brand Management leadership roles with P&L responsibility at Reckitt Benckiser and Procter & Gamble, where she managed several new product launches and marketing campaigns. She also held Marketing positions at financial services firms like TIAA and Citicards, was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an auditor and financial analyst at PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

In 2008, she started her own consulting company, helping small and medium-sized companies drive growth as a Marketing and Business Development expert.

Her professional experience spans 7 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, where she conducted business in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Valeria received her Bachelor in Business Administration and Public Accountant degrees from Universidad Catolica Argentina, with honors, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.



Gisela Orellana / Office Services Administrator

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Gisela Orellana is the SHCCNJ’s Office Services Administrator. Previously, Ms. Orellana worked for both Street Fairs.org and the YMCA in a similar capacity with the Administrative/Human Resources Departments.

Ms. Orellana also has experience in private and retail banking as well as retail and wholesale clothing businesses. She has over 12 years of experience in the jewelry industry, focused in the manufacturing sector, working for production and upscale jewelry companies.

In 1998, Mr. Orellana received her Associate Degree in Business System Administrator from LaGuardia Community College, NY.

Ms. Orellana has a passion for her community, with an intimate understanding of the immigrant small business culture.



Danilo Melan  / Membership Coordinator

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Danilo Melan is a Membership Coordinating intern with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ). Mr. Melan is also an ESL student at Bergen Community College.In his native Colombia, Mr. Melan worked as an office assistant, assistant manager, community organizer and art director.

In 2013, Mr. Melan received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Santiago de Cali University in Cali-Colombia, as well as various administrative continuing education certificates.

Mr. Melan is a professional dancer/choreographer, with a concentration in salsa.


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Maria Hernandez / Health Communication Assistant

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excutive-staff1Leyla Salhuana / Marketing Intern

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