Aixa G. Lopez, P.E.
Programs & Operations Oversight
A professionally licensed engineer with over 29 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.
Ms. Erica Horton
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.
Assistant Project Manager
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 financials and event budgets.
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 also a professional dancer/choreographer, with a concentration in salsa.
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.
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 event planning and management.
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.