Melissa J. Hordichuk, Esq.

Executive Director & Managing Attorney

Phone: 704.727.2997

Email: Melissa.Hordichuk@accessjustice.org

Melissa is the founder of AJP and currently serves as the organization's Executive Director and Managing Attorney. Melissa obtained her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2018 and her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish & English Literature from Georgian Court University in 2009. 

Prior to founding AJP, Melissa worked in political & nonprofit law. She oversaw the federal and state political and lobbying programs at the Sierra Club national headquarters in Washington, DC. Melissa has extensive experience navigating the laws governing campaign finance, lobbying, and tax-exempt organizations, however, her passion lies in civil rights and social justice.  

Melissa lives in Charlotte, NC with her partner, Serena, and their dog, Lola. 


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

  • Georgian Court University, B.A.


  • North Carolina

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

  • New Jersey

  • South Carolina (pending)


  • 2020 Pro Bono Honor Society, N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center

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Crista Collazo, Esq.

Chair of the Board*

Crista is an Assistant Public Defender in Orange County, NC and has been practicing law in North Carolina for over a decade. 


She is passionate about social justice, civil rights, and transforming the way we police.  

Crista lives in Hillsborough, NC with her two sons. 


  • NC Central University School of Law, J.D.

  • University of NC at Chapel Hill, B.A.


  • North Carolina


Chablis Dandridge

Vice-Chair, Board of Directors*

Chablis is a published author, community activist, motivational speaker, and real estate investor. 

Chablis is deeply committed to transforming the criminal justice system and empowering our community. He survived four gunshot wounds that left him paralyzed from the waist down, followed by a 15-year federal prison sentence for drug-trafficking. Chablis is a true example of what it means to persevere and step into your power - irrespective of circumstances.  

Chablis is the loving father of two sons and lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Devonne. 


  • Vance-Granville Community College, A.A. in Business Administration and Management


  • PP Professional Paralegal

*Please contact us for a full list of our Board members.