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PAULSON CHACO

CHIEF OF STAFF

Paulson Chaco will serve as the Chief of Staff for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President for the Nez-Lizer Administration. Mr. Chaco previously served the Navajo Nation as the Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Division of Transportation. We are confident that Mr. Chaco will serve the Navajo People well.

DOREEN NANIBAA MCPAUL

ATTORNEY GENERAL

With 18 years of experience practicing Indian law, we are pleased to be bringing home one of our own, Doreen Nanibaa McPaul, whose hometown is Chinle. She is a graduate of Princeton University and earned her Juris Doctorate from ASU College of Law, where she also received a Certificate in Federal Indian Law and served as a staff writer for the ASU Law Journal.

After law school, Ms. McPaul clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals, and then worked as a staff attorney for the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch, as an associate attorney at the Nordhaus Law Firm in Albuquerque, and as a visiting clinical law professor and Interim Director of the Indian Legal Clinic at ASU.

Since 2008, Ms. McPaul has worked as an in-house tribal government attorney for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. In that capacity, Mrs. McPaul advised tribal departments, councils, leaders, boards, entities, etc. She is admitted to practice law in Arizona, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, as well as before several other tribal and federal courts.

TICO CHARLEE

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND REGULATORY COMMISSION

 

Tico Charlee, originally from Crownpoint, N.M., serves as the acting Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NNTRC) Office. He is Dził tł'ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan) and born for Bit'ahnii (His Sheaves under His Cover Clan). His maternal grandfather is Tábąąhá (Water's Edge Clan), and his paternal grandfather is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan).

Prior to his appointment, he served as the Tribal Policy Relations for Sacred Wind Communications since 2006, and previously as the Field Director and Executive Director. He also served in the U.S. Army for four years, from 1975 to 1979, as a Tactical Circuit Control. His previous professional experience also includes serving as President of Native Communications, Inc., former Vice President of the Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, and an IT Director for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.

DEANNAH NESWOOD-GISHEY

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES

 

We are pleased to welcome Deannah Neswood-Gishey to the Nez-Lizer Administration to serve as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Social Services. 

Prior to her appointment, she served as the Program Manager for the Department of Self Reliance under the division and previously served as the director of Tribal Social Services with the Gila River Indian Community. Neswood-Gishey is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Arizona National Guard and was honorably discharged from both branches of military. 

Her appointment is a prime example of a Navajo Nation employee who worked hard and worked her way up in the Division of Social Services. She began working with the division as a social worker in 1993. 

JAMES DAVIS, JR

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

 

DR. JILL JIM

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

Dr. Jill Jim, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and fluent Navajo speaker, will be coming home to the Navajo Nation from Albuquerque, N.M. to serve as the Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Department of Health.

Dr. Jim has a PhD in Public Health, a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration, a second Master’s in Public Health from the University of Utah. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Community Health Education from Northern Arizona University.

Some of her work experience includes serving as a Health Care Analyst for HealthInsight in Albuquerque, N.M., consultant for Navajo Area Indian Health Service, and Epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health.

JESSE DELMAR

DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Jesse Delmar, fluent Navajo speaker, will continue building on the success that he and many others have worked hard for in the last several years, as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.

He is a recent appointee by President Donald Trump to serve on the “Commission on Native American Children.” He was recognized by the National Native American Law Enforcement Association to receive an award for “Director of the Year” by this association. He served as Vice-Chairman for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for many terms and served as President for the “Indian Country Intelligence Network” (ICIN) of Arizona for many terms. He served on the Executive Board of the Arizona Counterintelligence Information Center (ACTIC) in Arizona.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy. Delmar has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. He previously served as the Chief of Police for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and offers a vast knowledge and extensive public safety experience.

JT WILLIE

DIVISION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

JT Willie, a fluent Navajo speaker, will serve the Nez-Lizer Administration as the Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development. Mr. Willie earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2014 and Bachelors of Business Administration in 2008, from the University of New Mexico.

He has extensive marketing experiencing as the former Director of Marketing for the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise and as the Director of Marketing for the Tséhootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Mr. Willie is a young, enthusiastic person who will serve the division well.

OLIVER ARVISO

DIVISION OF GENERAL SERVICES

 

Oliver Arviso is originally from Fort Defiance, Ariz. He is Hashk'ąą hadzohi (Yucca Fruit Strung Out in a Line Clan) and born for Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge Clan). His maternal grandfather is 'Áshįįhi (Salt People Clan) and her paternal grandfather is Tséńjíkiní (Cliff Dwellers People Clan).

Arviso has served as the Deputy Division Director for the Division of General Services since May 2022, and previously served as an Executive Staff Assistant with the Office of the President and Vice President. He is a military veteran service member of the United States Army and a Soldier in the U.S. Army Active Reserves with the rank of Sergeant First Class. He enlisted after high school in 1991, through present day, with no break in service.

With 31 plus years of military service, SFC Arviso has served in four deployments overseas, including two tours in Operation: Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2006 and two tours assisting in Operation: Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2010-2011 and 2014-2015.

SFC Arviso graduated from Army Basic Training and Army Military Occupational Specialist 71 Lima Advance Individual Training as an Administrative/Human Resources Specialist in 1991. He previously attended Scottsdale Community College and the ROTC program at Arizona State University in Military Science. He plans to retire with an Honorable Discharge of 32 years of service in December of 2022 from the United States Army Reserves.

Lashawna R. Tso

WASHINGTON OFFICE

 

Lashawna R. Tso, originally from Smoke Signal, Ariz., is Tódik'ǫzhi (Salt Water) and born for Mą'ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass). Her maternal grandfather is Áshįįhi (Salt People) and her paternal grandfather is Chíshí (Chiricahua Apache). Prior to her appointment, Tso served as the New Mexico Assistant Secretary of Indian Education, and the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Speaker under the Navajo Nation Legislative Branch. She was also a Legislative Staff Assistant for the Navajo Nation for four years prior. Tso has a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Grand Canyon University with an emphasis in Government and Policy.

DR. PEARL YELLOWMAN

DIVISION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

 

Dr. Pearl Yellowman will serve as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Community Development. She resides in Tuba City and is the co-owner of Yellowman Maho & Associates – a Diné women owned research and evaluation consulting company.

Dr. Yellowman has 20 years of experience serving tribal communities in the areas of implementation, funding source requirements, supervision, data collection, trainings and compliance. In addition, her experience is supplemented with extensive education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s in Education, a second Master’s in Counseling and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Montana.

DR. PERPHELIA FOWLER

DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES

 

Dr. Perphelia Fowler, a fluent Navajo speaker, will join the administration to serve as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources. Dr. Fowler has extensive human resources expertise and serves as the Human Resources Director at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, N.M. She previously served in various human resources positions with the Red Mesa Unified School District and Diné College.

She earned a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara, CA., Master’s Degree in Human Resources-Business Administration, and Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources-Business Administration.

VALINDA SHIRLEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

 

Valinda C. Shirley was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, and confirmed by the 24th Navajo Nation Council on February 12, 2021. Valinda Shirley resides in Rock Point, Ariz., with her husband and children. She is Táchiinii and born for Tł’ízÍ łání. Her maternal grandfather is Bit'ahnii, and her paternal grandfather is Ta'neeszhahnii.

Prior to her appointment, she served as the Senior Remedial Project Manager for the Navajo Nation EPA Superfund Program, coordinating on-site environmental cleanup or remediation projects to ensure compliance with Navajo Nation and federal environmental laws, standards, and regulations, and requirements, including Diné Fundamental Law. Shirley earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico and graduated as the valedictorian from Rock Point High School.

ROBERT K. BLACK, JR.

NAVAJO-HOPI LAND COMMISSION OFFICE

 

Robert K. Black, Jr., a fluent Navajo speaker and longtime resident of the Western Navajo Agency, will take on the task of Executive Director of the Navajo-Hopi Land Commission Office. He serves as the Governance Manager for the Shonto Community Governance/Chapter and offers 14 years of experience in working with Din People at the grassroots level.

Among his previous leadership roles includes serving as a County Supervisor for the Navajo County Board of Supervisors – District 1, former Executive Board Member for Diné Bi Ołta School Board Association, and the Secretary/ Treasurer for the Shonto Community Governance.

GARRET SILVERSMITH

DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION

 

Garret Silversmith, a Navajo speaker, will continue building on the success that he and many others have worked hard for in the last several years, as the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Transportation. He has served in this role since 2016, and offers extensive knowledge in the Nation’s transportation priorities, goals, and plans.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University, and many years of engineering experience with private engineering firms and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. We look forward to supporting Mr. Silversmith and the Division of Transportation in the years to come.

BIDTAH BECKER

DIVISION OF NATURAL RESOURCES

 

Becker is originally from Ojo Encino, N.M. She is Kinłichíi’nii (Red House Clan) and born for Bilagáana (Caucasian). Her maternal grandfather is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan) and her paternal grandfather is Bilagáana (Caucasian). She will depart from her current role as the Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice, Tribal Affairs and Border Relations at California’s Environmental Protection Agency to begin serving the Navajo Nation in early October.

Becker previously served as the head of the Division of Natural Resources from 2015 to 2019, and as an Associate Attorney for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Prior to those roles, she also served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Water Rights Unit, Natural Resources Unit, and Human Rights Unit under the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. Becker replaces former Executive Director Dr. Rudy Shebala, who resigned in August.

She has served on the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin where she cochaired the Universal Access to Clean Water effort, on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Service, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University with a specialty in Latin American Studies and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

 

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