Staff

Sunshine Beer, Director

Sunshine has been riding motorcycles since 1998 and has been involved in motorcycle safety and rider education since 2003. Sunshine teaches all levels of rider education from introductory classes to precision riding courses for expert riders. Sunshine is also an Evergreen Safety Council Sidecar/Trike Education Program Chief Instructor and a Mentor Instructor and Instructor Trainer for STAR.

Sunshine is the co-author of several STAR courses and can also be credited with helping Idaho STAR to become one of the first two basic rider training programs to be recognized by a national organization as meeting the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Model National Standards for Entry-level Motorcycle Rider Training. Sunshine is the past chairman of the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) and a member of the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission.

Her goals are to lead others to knowledge, encourage thought and action, inspire excellence, and change the world and save lives, one motorcycle rider at a time. Sunshine enjoys all types of riding and has owned a variety of motorcycles over the years. She currently rides a 2016 BMW R1200GSW and a 1994 Harley-Davidson Dyna Lowrider.

 

Carlos Teixeira, Training Manager

Carlos was born in São Paulo, Brazil and moved to Miami, Florida at age 7. After honorably serving in the US Air Force in Mountain Home AFB, he chose to stay in Boise and enjoy the outdoor life. He met his wonderful wife as they ventured into motorcycle riding and completed the Idaho STAR Basic I course. It was there they found their love for motorcycle safety and became a part of the Idaho STAR family more than a decade ago.

Carlos became a mentor, a Quality Assurance team member, a trainer, and finally the Training Manager, bringing extensive experience from managing banks and call centers across the Americas. He currently rides a KTM RC390 and a KTM 500 EXC Supermoto, but has ridden a myriad of makes and models over his short riding tenure. “There are too many bikes to ride and not enough time to ride them!”

An avid motorsport racing fan, dedicated husband, father, and animal lover, vintage video game collector, and a 90’s kid at heart, Carlos aims to raise motorcycle safety awareness while having fun and enjoying the ride.

 

Teianna Teixeira, Operations Manager

A born and raised Idahoan who loves the outdoors and motorcycles. When she isn’t working out in the field, she relaxes at home with her sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs, and cat.  Teianna grew up in a small town just outside Boise and played sports her whole life. In 2009, she met the love of her life and from there they have worked towards mutual goals of keeping Idaho riders and drivers safe on the road.

She started her motorcycle endeavor with the Idaho STAR Program as a student, learning the steps necessary to ride a motorcycle. From there she grew and trained into an Instructor for the program. She's actively worked in multiple departments to help with the operations of the program, working alongside veteran staff to make sure that bikes were in good repair for our students, kept ranges prepped, shuttled bikes all over the state, and worked weekends for multiple levels of course offerings from the STAR program to our riders.

 

James Thorusen, Communications and Training Coordinator

James grew up in small town Kuna, Idaho. An outdoor enthusiast from a young age, James enjoys going out and just exploring all the state has to offer, be it on foot, on two wheels or four. When he's not enjoying the great outdoors, you can find him at home in his shop, or out exploring around town with his wife and kiddo.

James learned how to ride back in 2012 but has recently gotten back into riding after a long hiatus. Whether it's street or dirt, James just enjoys riding. James is responsible for scheduling Instructors, travel accommodations, payroll, maintaining the website, and communication with the public through social media as well as video creation and ad content creation. He currently rides a 2002 Triumph Tiger 955i and is also working on bringing his 1972 Suzuki TC-90 Blazer back to life.

 

Kaitlyn Rhea, Administrative Assistant

Kaitlyn grew up in Northern Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho. She enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and snowboarding. She looks forward to getting out more and exploring the area. Although she does not have any riding experience, she is excited to take a few courses and eventually get her own motorcycle.

Kaitlyn is responsible for managing p-card processing, accounts payable, course paperwork, coordination of site forms and supplies, and assists with front desk reception, event planning and special projects. She is thrilled to be apart of the Idaho STAR team and can’t wait to see where this program goes!

 

Maureen "Mo" Duke, Student Services Specialist

Maureen currently supports the day to day operations of the STAR Motorcycle Safety Program, and enjoys helping all of our STAR students and other staff members whenever possible. She loves playing softball, mountain biking, camping, hiking, cooking, reading, watching movies, playing board games with family and friends, and sleeping in on Saturdays. She is eager to attend the various riding courses available this spring and summer, and looks forward to mastering the art of motorcycling in the next few years.

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