Charles A. & Therese Shoumaker

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Charlie was born September 5, 1939 in Tucson, Arizona. He attended Tucson High School and graduated in 1958. After graduation, Charlie attended the University of Arizona, but decided to change direction after one semester. Charlie moved to Chicago, IL in 1962 to begin a career in broadcasting as a studio engineer and cameraman. Six months later, Charlie was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an M.P. for two years. Upon discharge, Charlie moved to Denver, CO and returned to his career as a television cameraman at KBTV, Channel 9. In 1964, he met Therese Suda and they were married in 1965. In 1969 Charlie returned to school and enrolled at the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1971. That same year, Charlie applied to law school at the University of Colorado and was accepted into the program and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1974.

 

After graduation, Charlie became Assistant District Attorney in Golden, Colorado. A few years later, Combined Communications Corporation offered Charlie a position as Corporate Counsel at their Phoenix, Arizona headquarters. In 1984, Charlie made a major career change and accepted the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Circle K Corporation, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1989, Charlie left Circle K to form his own company, STAR Human Resources Group, Inc. At STAR HRG, Shoumaker created a basic, affordable health insurance plan named “Starbridge”, designed to offer alternative, affordable health insurance for part-time, hourly and temporary employees, not eligible for their employer’s major medical insurance. Starbride became very successful and was offered at hundreds of companies across America. STAR HRG was featured in Hispanic Business Magazine’s 500 top Hispanic Owned Companies in America for over 10 years in a row. In 2001, STAR HRG ranked as the 55th largest Hispanic owned company in the United States with revenues of $84.7 million. In February of 2002, Charlie sold STAR HRG to MegaLife Insurance Corp., a division of UICI of Dallas. Charlie was a founder of the National Hispanic Corporate Council and Chicanos por la Causa and was honored in Congress by the Hon. Ed Pastor of the U.S. House of Representatives as the receipient of the NHCC’s Campeon Award. Charlie believed very strongly in helping fellow Hispanics and remained active in the cause of Hispanic rights in the workplace his entire life.

 

Therese Shoumaker represents ASU’s foundation as a member of the University Public School’s governing board. Ms. Shoumaker is a retired elementary school teacher of 34 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville where she specialized in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from Arizona State University. Ms. Shoumaker has taught in West Allis, Wisconsin Public Schools, Westminister, Colorado Public Schools, and 23 years in Paradise Valley Public Schools at Indian Bend Elementary, an elementary school that for four years, while she taught there, was chosen by the Arizona Department of Education as the top elementary school in Arizona. Ms. Shoumaker is a member of the following organizations: Arizona State University—Women in Philanthropy, the Phoenix Art Museum, The Phoenix Country Club, and Be A Leader Foundation.

 

Charlie and his wife, Therese, were married for 37 years and had one son, Chuck and one daughter, Alexis. Charlie lived in Paradise Valley until his passing in December 2003.

 

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