Executive Staff

Aixa G. Lopez, P.E.

Operations Oversight

A professional licensed engineer with 30 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 an independent consultant providing support services to multiple organizations in NJ and NY.

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.

Dr. Jairo Borja, DBA

Director of Grants & Entrepreneurship

As the President of Borja Consulting Group, Dr. Jairo Borja, DBA, is on a mission to elevate small business owners and entrepreneurs to their full potential. “Dr. B” is a sought-after speaker, author, and consultant. He has spoken for audiences such as New York Life, Mass Mutual, First Calvary Baptist Church, Bloomfield College, and the University of Central Florida. He’s an International Best Selling Author of “Networking Your Way to Success: 10 Steps to Building Relationships & Expanding Your Business for Entrepreneurs & Working Professionals” and host of the “The Dr. B Show” Podcast where he highlights Hispanics in Human Resources and Business. Since serving his community is paramount, Dr. B sits donates his time to several organizations including, Prospanica, ASIS International, Young Professionals Council.

While working for his firm, he was also a Financial Services Professional with Primary Financial. He helped families and businesses build wealth, protect assets, and manage cash flow. Dr. Jairo Borja, DBA, received his DBA Degree in Marketing from Walden University. He also received his MBA Degree in Management from Long Island University. Lastly, Dr. Jairo received his BBA Degree in Management from Berkeley College. Dr. B lives in Linden, NJ, with his wife and daughters.

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.

Danilo Melan

Assistant Project Manager
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Danilo Melan is an Assistant Project Manager at the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ). In his native Colombia, Mr. Melan worked as an office assistant, assistant manager, community organizer, and art director. He is currently co-managing the Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program as well as overseeing operational & event financials.
In 2013, Mr. Melan received a Bachelors in Business Administration, as well as various administrative continuing education certifications.
Mr. Melan is also a professional dancer/choreographer, with a concentration in salsa.

Daniela Velez

Administrative Support

Daniela Carolina Velez, a Venezuelan native, is the office administrator for the SHCCNJ. Ms. Velez earned two associate degrees from Rowan College at Burlington County, one in Engineering and one in Business Administration. She is also currently finishing up her bachelor’s as a student of Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, majoring in Public Policy and a minor in Women and Gender Studies both from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Before that, she worked for the New Jersey Business and Industry Association in the membership department.

Lizbeth Castillo

Administrative Support

Lizbeth received a Bachelor of Arts in General Sociology. She is a first-generation graduate with eager to learn and grow in her profession. She is very passionate about helping the community and putting her skills and knowledge to use. She has expressed that working with a non-profit organization like SHCCNJ has given her endless possibilities in helping the Hispanic community.

Danik Kean

Events Manager

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.
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 event planning and management.

Maria Diaz

Event & Entrepreneur Training Program Support

Maria is the founder of Order & Ease, a women and minority-owned business with a mission to bring clients from chaos to calm by providing them with functional, clutter-free homes and work spaces, giving them the ability to regain control and the opportunity to focus on what matters most to them. Along with her organizational skills, she brings her meetings & events professional experience to the chamber, as our Event & Entrepreneur Training Program Support.