FARMINGTON — A Shiprock resident is among those being considered for service on the Navajo Women's Commission.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has nominated the Rev. Shirley Montoya to represent the Northern Agency on the commission.

Montoya is the project manager of the Healing Circle Drop-In Center in Shiprock.

She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and human services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and a master's degree in theology from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo.

The commission is housed under the executive branch and consists of five enrolled tribal members who represent various socioeconomic, educational and professional backgrounds.

Commissioners work to promote women in developing their skills, continuing their educations and retaining leadership roles. They also assist in setting government policies related to Navajo women, men and families.

Other nominees are Sharon Jackson, of Church Rock, to represent the Eastern Agency; Vivian Arviso, of Tohatchi, to represent the Fort Defiance Agency; Charlotte Begay, of Many Farms, Ariz., to represent the Chinle Agency; and Lolita Paddock, of Cameron, Ariz., to represent the Western Agency.

If they are confirmed by the Naa'bik'íyáti' Committee, each would serve a term of four years.