• Mar 22, 2023
  • 2:24 PM

SNVMC Advisory Committee Members

Sharon Cusumano

Sharon Cusumano was born in London, England, and emigrated to the United States in 1967. She settled in Las Vegas, Nevada. Upon graduation from Bishop Gorman High School, in 1976, Sharon went on to a successful 20-year career as a dancer in both the Lido show and Enter the Night at the Stardust Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Retiring from performing in the year 2000 she began working at United Blood Services, now Vitalant, in the Donor Care department. Currently, Sharon works in the Hospital Services department at Vitalant.

Sharon volunteers as a lector at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and is a member of the Parish Pastoral Council. She is also a member of Catholic War Veterans Post 1947, is a Lay Carmelite and a member of Daughters of the British Empire. Sharon is the West Coast representative for Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW) based in Great Britain. She has served on the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Advisory Committee for several years. Sharon’s commitment to veterans stems from her grandfather, who served with the Royal Air Force in WWII. He was captured by the Japanese and was imprisoned for four years.
In 2002, Sharon became a proud citizen of the United States.

Sharon is an avid reader and loves to hike in her leisure time. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband of 30 years, Joey, and their two rescued greyhounds.

Jeff Detrick

Jeff Detrick is a US Army veteran who served 12 years as a medic, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, he works as an Academic Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he assist adults pursuing a university/vocational/technical diploma/certification or their high school equivalency diploma. He sits on the Adult Learner Advisory Committee and the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Committee at UNLV. Jeff is also a student pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration at UNLV.

Jeff is a Committee Member on the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery Advisory Committee and the president of the UNLV Alumni Veterans Club. Jeff was the president of the UNLV Rebel Vets (2013-2015) and the first Team Leader for the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program at UNLV (2015-2016).

Jeff spends his free time with his wife Elizabeth, also an US Army veteran pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health at UNLV, and their two dogs, Chuck and Odin.

Senator Joe Hardy

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Bill Dolan

Past Department Commander (PDC) William “Bill” George Dolan was born in Buffalo, New York, and was the youngest of four children. PDC Dolan enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1972 where he attended basic training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Upon completion of his basic training he was sent to Military Police School.

After school PDC Dolan was stationed at Ft. Meade, MD, Germany, Ft. Huachuca, AZ, Korea, Ft. Sam Huston, TX, Ft. Wainwright, AK, Ft. Carson, CO, and the Recruiting Command for Buffalo / Niagara Falls, NY. When he left active duty in November 1982 to help care for an ill father but remained as a member of the active reserves for four years.

During PDC Dolan’s time on active duty he was blessed with the opportunity to learn many aspects of law enforcement from basic patrol, dog handler, traffic accident investigator, MPI & MP Intelligence, capping off his long and decorated career as an Army Recruiter.
PDC Dolan comes from a long line of military members, his father James Dolan was in the U.S. Navy during WWII, his oldest brother Raymond Dolan was in the U.S. Army, his middle brother Richard Dolan was in the U.S. Navy and his two son’s Michael & James were both in the U.S. Army. Marilyn Dolan’s son Scott May is also retired from the U.S. Air Force.

In 1984 PDC Dolan moved to Nevada to retire which did not last long as he returned to school and earned a degree in nursing. This career would span almost 25 years first as a Operating Room Staff Nurse and then as an Operating Room Cardio-Vascular Surgical Nurse, Operating Room Charge Nurse and then Director of Surgery until his second retirement.

Commander Dolan also served 5 1/2 years in local politics in Pahrump, NV where he now resides with his wife Marilyn Dolan of ten years. Between them they have a combined family of 13 children, 24 grand-children and 12+ great-grand-children. PDC Dolan enjoys working on their property “Dolan Ranch LLC” along with spending time with family and good friends; he is also an Ordained Minister. He enjoys shooting many different kinds of weapons when he finds the time.

Bill Perlmutter

William “Bill" James Perlmutter is serving as Chairman of the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Advisory Committee.

He retired from the U.S. Navy with more than 30 years of active and reserve service primarily as a naval aviator. He served in the Vietnam War. He attended the U.S. Navy School of Photography at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Perlmutter was assigned to Reserve Squadron 65 in Point Mugu, California where he deployed to Rota, Spain. He attended UCLA, serving in the ROTC program, where he graduated in 1973 as an Ensign and returned to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida for flight training and was designated a naval aviator in 1975. His final assignment was as a Navy EPLO for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Region 8.

Mr. Perlmutter has been awarded the Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation (3 Awards), Vietnam Service, Humanitarian Service, Naval Reserves Medals, Marksman, and Overseas Service Ribbons. He is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Association of Naval Aviation, a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Jewish War Veterans and American Legion.

Additionally, Mr. Perlmutter retired as a worldwide logistics airline captain with United Parcel Service with more than 29 years flying a multitude of heavy commercial aircraft.

He is married to Chin Ping Perlmutter from Taichung, Taiwan who became a U.S. citizen and has retired as a managing director for a multinational public relations firm. They have two children with son Jason, residing in Boyne, Michigan and daughter Amanda, attending college in Woodland Hills, California.

Elizabeth (Libby) Smith

Elizabeth (Libbie) Smith was appointed to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Advisory Committee in February 2021.

Elizabeth has volunteered at the Southeast VA Clinic in Henderson in 2017/2018. Joined Blue Star Mothers (BSM) of America NV4 in 2016 and served as Chaplain and most recently as the Financial Secretary and BSM-NV4 serve active military and their families as well as veterans.

Elizabeth is also a representative of Blue Star Mothers NV4 on the VA Voluntary Services Committee (VAVS). Her commitment to serve those who are actively serving our country and our veterans is rooted in the pride she feels of her son's decade long service in the Marine Corps.

Assemblywoman Clara (Claire) Thomas

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