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​​​​USS PHOENIX (SSN-702) Cold War Monument Foundation

LCDR Lynn Bennett, USN(ret) is retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve and was a Public Affairs Officer. She worked mostly with the Navy Office of Community Outreach and Pacific Command and was prior enlisted. She retired in 2016, after 22 years in the Navy. For the past 15 years, Lynn has been a Real Estate Agent in the Phoenix area, as well as a Property Manager. She has been the Vice President of the Association of the U.S. Navy – Phoenix Saguaro Chapter since 2003. Lynn has been involved with the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) Cold War Monument Foundation since its inception in 2015 and is currently a Director.


CAPT Carol Culbertson, USN(ret) was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1943. She enlisted in Naval Reserve at Pearl Harbor in 1962.  She attended the University of Hawaii, earned a BA in English, and was later commissioned as an Ensign in 1967, after completing her officer training at OCS in Newport, RI. During her active duty in the Navy she was stationed in San Diego in support of antisubmarine warfare training. She joined the Naval Reserve in 1972 and retired as a Navy Captain, Reserve Intelligence, in 2003, with 36 years of service. As a civilian, Carol worked as a Civil Service employee for 33 years with the US Navy in Japan, the US Army in Kansas, the Forest Service and with the Internal Revenue Service in California, Arizona and Colorado. In her retirement Carol provides business training programs to working women, and educational history programs which are open to the public.  Carol is a community leader in 16 different organizations, including veteran/federal affairs with the Federally Employed Women, Retired Federal Employees, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the American Legion, Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame and Society, Association of the U.S. Navy, the Cactus WAVES, the Naval Order of the U.S., and the Unified Arizona Veterans.  She is also active in Big Brothers Big Sisters and with the Cross Roads Methodist Church, as well as the Phoenix Hawaiian Club and the American Aviation Historical Society.  As a Big Sister, she has mentored three young women.  As Church Team Leader, she serves meals to the homeless in Phoenix.  Carol is the Chairperson of the USS Phoenix (SSN 702) Cold War Monument Foundation.

Sharon Harrison is a native of Albuquerque, NM. She received her Bachelor of Science with Area of Math in 1972 and Master of Education with Area of Science in 1976 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK.  After moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1986, Sharon taught 7th and 8th grade science in Paradise Valley Unified School District for 25 years, as well as several summers teaching science classes at Paradise Valley Community College. Sharon was honored as the state PTA Arizona Educator of the Year in 2009 and Vista Verde Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2010.  During her teaching career, she participated on seven submarine “underways”, which included cruises aboard the USS PHOENIX, USS HOUSTON, USS HELENA, and USS ALASKA. On one trip with the USS Phoenix, she was given the helm and conducted an actual dive.  Sharon has been a member of Beta Sigma Phi, an International Sorority since 1972, and has served as the President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Parliamentarian of Phoenix City Council, Beta Sigma Phi. For the past seven years, Sharon has been the President of the Water Association in northern New Mexico.  She has also served for the past three years as the HOA Treasurer of Horizons at Scarlet Canyon.  Sharon is currently a Director/Treasurer in the USS Phoenix (SSN 702) Cold War Monument Foundation.

CAPT Pete Lumianski, USN(ret) is the third son of an English professor at Michigan State University, and grew up in central Michigan.  He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and spent the next 24 years in the Navy as a helicopter pilot and leader-manager, ending his career in 1988 as a Captain and as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Center, Tampa, FL.  Along the way, he acquired an MBA in management from Bryant University and graduated with honors from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.  Over the past 27 years since moving to Phoenix, Pete has held positions in the hospitality industry as the Chief Human Resources person at both the Pointe Resorts and at Macayo Restaurants.  Pete was the President of the Service Academy Alumni Association of Arizona for eight years.  Pete has been involved with the USS Phoenix (SSN 702) since 1989, first as a USS Phoenix Commission member, and for the past 21 years as a leader in the effort to save parts of the USS Phoenix and place them in a downtown Phoenix park as part of a Cold War monument. Pete and his wife Chris are both retired and have three daughters and eight grandchildren, all living in Phoenix.  Pete is currently a Director in the USS Phoenix (SSN 702) Cold War Monument Foundation.

Charles (Chuck) Manuel is a retired Phoenix Fire Department fire fighter.  He served in the USAF from 1968-1972, during which time he spent eighteen months in Vietnam as a foreign language interpreter (French) in both Vietnam and Cambodia.  After returning to the U.S., he joined the Phoenix Fire Department where he served for 25 years and attained the rank of Captain/Paramedic.  Along the way, he obtained both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Arizona State University in Tempe.  Chuck has been involved with the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) Cold War Monument Foundation since 2015 and is currently a Director.