Floyd Tortalita, Executive Director
Floyd Tortalita is the Executive Director of the Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority where he oversees PAHA’s overall operations, including administrative and operations budgets, and housing programs. Mr. Tortalita has 20 years of experience in planning, design and housing development projects on Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. Serving as PAHA Executive Director since 2009, Mr. Tortalita successfully created and implemented a strategic business plan to improve PAHA’s programs and staffing, while achieving compliant operations, including timely Indian Housing Plans and HUD reporting. Mr. Tortalita served as the Region 8 representative on the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Board of Directors for six years, and currently serves as the Region 8 representative to the AMERIND Board of Directors and president-elect to the Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA). Mr. Tortalita is from the Pueblo of Acoma.
Krystal Vallo, Administrative Assistant
Krystal Vallo is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of PAHA and oversees the general operations of the organization. She has been with PAHA for 11 years and during that time obtained an Associate’s degree in pre-business. As Administrative Assistant, Ms. Vallo also coordinates community events, such as housing fairs, runs/walks and most recently PAHA’s first-ever Terrain Race. She enjoys working for the Acoma people and looks forward to being a part of PAHA’s future success. In her spare time, Ms. Vallo likes to try out new restaurants, recipes, attractions or sports. She is from the Pueblo of Acoma.
Rose Vallo, Housing Services Counselor
Rose Vallo is the Housing Services Counselor at PAHA where she assists Pueblo of Acoma tribal members to get into a home. She also works with the community and young families by educating them on ways to be self-sufficient. One of Ms. Vallo’s favorite PAHA memory is moving tenants into the Cedar Hills apartments. In her free time, Ms. Vallo is engaged with her children’s achievements in school and beyond. She is from the Pueblo of Acoma.
Sherri Carr, Mortgage Specialist
Sherri Carr joined the PAHA as the Mortgage Specialist in June 2019. Ms. Carr has worked in accounting and finance for 16 years and in tribal housing for eight years. Prior to joining PAHA, Ms. Carr worked at a federal credit union, the U.S. Postal Service, a CDFI and a housing entity. She also has extensive experience in tribal housing working with programs like the HUD 184 Home Loan Program, USDA and VA housing opportunities. She is a certified Financial Coach, Homebuyer Educator and a 502 USDA Packager. Ms. Carr is from the Hopi Tribe.
Gwen Garcia, Accounting Technician
Gwen Garcia is the Accounting Technician and has been with PAHA for 20 years, first starting as an Administrative Assistant. In her position, Ms. Garcia said she enjoys working with QuickBooks, posting deposits and meeting new people. She also appreciates the family-oriented work environment and celebrating co-workers’ accomplishments. Ms. Garcia loves spending time with her grandchildren, running and going to movies and concerts. She is from the Pueblo of Acoma.
Calene A. Pedro, Accounts Payable/Human Resources
Calene A. Pedro works with accounts payable and human resources for PAHA where she handles the organization’s billing and works directly with vendors and some tenants. Ms. Pedro has worked for PAHA for 10 years and recently earned a Certificate in Human Resources. Ms. Pedro appreciates working for PAHA because it helps the Acoma community and its members, families and children. In her free time, Ms. Pedro spends it with her family, friends, gardening and doing arts and crafts. Ms. Pedro is from the Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna, and the Navajo Nation and resides in Paguate, NM.
Francisco “Chico” Carr, Development Manager
Francisco “Chico” Carr is the Development Manager where he oversees the housing planning and development for PAHA. He said he enjoys building and fixing homes for those in need of safe, sanitary, accessible and comfortable homes within the Acoma community. Mr. Carr’s favorite PAHA memories are the realization of the Cedar Hills Apartments and the completion of the Acomita Waste Water Extension project. Prior to joining PAHA, Mr. Carr worked for the Laguna Housing Development and Management Enterprise as the Senior Project Manager. In his spare time, Mr. Carr enjoys spending time with his granddaughters, doing crafts and hunting. He is from the Pueblo of Laguna, Village of Mesita.
Geraldine Touchin, Development Administrative Assistant
Geraldine Touchin is the Development Administrative Assistance within PAHA’s Development and Maintenance Department where she assists with inventory and procurement. In her spare time, Ms. Touchin enjoys working on crafts and spending time with family. She is from the Pueblo of Laguna, Village of Paguate.
Melanie Keams, Project Manager
Melanie Keams is the Program Manager within the Development and Maintenance Department where she ensures that policies and procedures are followed when rehabilitating residential and commercial buildings. Ms. Keams also works closely with community members to provide safe and healthy home environments for the Pueblo of Acoma people. She said she enjoys being a part of the development and construction planning for PAHA and her favorite memory is of the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Cedar Hills Apartments. Ms. Keams is Diné of the Kinyáa’aanii (Towering House People Clan) and born for Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge People Clan) from Jeddito, Arizona.
Wayne Salvador, Maintenance
Wayne Salvador has served as a Maintenance Worker for PAHA for four years. He enjoys helping fellow tribal members maintain their homes. One of his best PAHA memories was observing the construction of the Cedar Hills Apartments. In his spare time, Mr. Salvador enjoys watching football.
Corey Pasquale, Maintenance
Corey Pasquale is a Maintenance Worker for PAHA where he says he enjoys the variety of work that comes with his duties. While at PAHA, Mr. Pasquale had the opportunity to attend several trainings, including UPCS training, Hands-on Electrical and Plumbing and a NAHASDA training. Prior to joining PAHA, Mr. Pasquale worked for the Acoma Law Enforcement Department as a Certified Telecommunications Officer for 19 years. In his free time, he enjoys hauling wood in the fall and laughing and joking with friends and family. Mr. Pasquale is from the Pueblo of Acoma.
Lawrence Garcia, Maintenance
Lawrence Garcia is a Maintenance Worker with PAHA. In his two years with PAHA, Mr. Garcia earned certifications in general electric, plumbing and HVAC. Prior to joining PAHA, Mr. Garcia worked for the Laguna Acoma High School and the Pueblo of Laguna in the general maintenance department taking care of Tribal buildings. In his spare time, Mr. Garcia spends time with his family, works in his field and goes fishing. He is from the Pueblo of Laguna, Village of Paguate.