Our Staff

Shirley L. Diaz
Executive Director
(970) 728-3034 ext. 5

Shirley L. Diaz has been the Executive Director of the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority since October 2006. Her experience in organizational management and development spans more than 20 years in Colorado alone. She has owned a small business, held multiple positions in environmental youth corps programs, and helped laid-off workers with transition workshops. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Housing was a new field for her in 2006, and she quickly organized Regional Housing Meetings to learn from others and to collaborate on issues affecting rural and resort communities in western Colorado.

Carla K.
Administrative Assistant
(970) 728-3034 ext. 3


Carla is originally from the east coast. She grew up on the beaches of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Her curiousness for learning and versatility influenced a wide variety of college majors, such as paralegal, computer networking, environmental economics & policy, and firearm science. After leaving the east coast to live in Hawaii, Texas, and finally Colorado, Carla eventually found her home in the San Juan mountains.

Along with being a mother, her other passions in life include editing books, reading, traveling, painting, sewing, hiking, mountain biking, playing in the snow, music, spending time with her significant other, and volunteering at the BPOE lodge in Telluride.

She is excited to be working at the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority, and looks forward to assisting people with their housing questions and needs.

Jeanne Walker
Local Housing Program Specialist
(970) 728-3034 ext. 4


Jeanne has been a local Telluride resident since 2004. She has 2 children, 6 grandchildren and a constant, faithful companion, Jaz, her dog.

She hails from Lake Geneva, WI where she had a retail business for many years. Jeanne has been involved in the mortgage industry, property management and the hospitality industries here in Telluride.

She is an accomplished sailboat racer and the past commodore of her sailing club. Her education has earned her a bachelor of arts degree from Gateway Collage in Wisconsin.

Elke Mullins
Local Housing Program Specialist
(970) 728-3034 ext. 2


Elke Mullins has been administering the Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8, at SMRHA since 2002. She is originally from Germany, and moved to the United States in 1983 and to the Telluride area in 1998. Elke has three daughters, four grand children and two furbabies.