Aixa G. Lopez, P.E. / Marketing & Business Development Manager
A professionally licensed engineer with over 25 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 nuestra familia.
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. Aixa loves Salsa dancing, writing, and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and parasailing.
Ms. Erica Horton / Office Manager
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.
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
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
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.
Danik Kean / Marketing and Event Specialist
Danik attended College in Mexico for international commerce. After 3 years she decided that it was not for her and started considering Veterinarian school. During her search, she stumbled upon a degree “made” for her, so she proceeded to move to Spain and eventually graduated from the Universidad Europea de Madrid, with a degree in Institutional protocol, event production and corporate communications.
During and after her studies, she immersed herself in mostly the sports world, working for events such as F1, Americas Cup, Moto GP and the Valencia Open 500 as well as working for the Valencia Soccer club, amongst others. She was also very active in governmental events where she was honored to work with the Spanish Royal Family on separate occasions, as well as many high-ranking officials.
After 7 years in Spain, she moved to the U.S.A. to start a new chapter of her life. For a couple of months, she volunteered at The Liberty Hall Museum in Elizabeth, NJ. And now she is part of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, where she contributes to the team in the marketing and Events area.
Maria Hernandez / Health Communication Assistant
Maria Hernandez is the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Health Communication Assistant. Her strong planning skills allow her to assist in event coordination and execution.
An officer for her Public Health Association, Ms. Hernandez identifies problems and works alongside the team to develop solutions. Her passion to serve her community comes from healthcare injustice for underserved communities.
Ms. Hernandez is a 2018 Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education candidate at Montclair State University. During her off time, Ms. Hernandez enjoys cooking, sewing, and reading.
Leyla Salhuana / Marketing Intern
Leyla Salhuana is the Marketing Intern for the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She handles the chamber’s social media accounts and assists with marketing and event planning tasks.
Ms. Salhuana is a senior at Saint Peter’s University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management. She is a student leader serving as the Director of the Peer Mentor Link-Up program for the Educational Opportunity Fund office where she provides guidance to first-generation college students throughout their freshman year.
In her spare time, Leyla enjoys baking, hiking, and traveling.