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, a 2014 Kawasaki Z1000, and a 1994 Harley-Davidson Dyna Lowrider.
Shawn Purl, Training Manager
Whether at his house in Meridian, along the banks of the Salmon, or atop the Seven Devils, Idaho is Purl’s home. He lives for the escape from civilization and the peace that comes from spending time in the backcountry. Once an avid long distance rider, Purl has traded the cruisers for adventure bikes and loves competing in skill competitions on his R1200 GSA. As the training manager for Idaho STAR, Purl is responsible for maintaining our curricula and managing our Instructors. He wears a lot of hats around here, but his favorite is the one that reads: Public Servant. His passion for motorcycling is only surpassed by his desire to serve the people of Idaho and make it a better, safer place to ride and explore!
James Thorusen, Communications and Training Coordinator
An Idahoan since he was four years old, James has a great love for the state of Idaho. An outdoor enthusiast from a young age, James enjoys going out and just exploring all the state has to offer. When he's not enjoying the great outdoors, you can find him in his home wood shop, or out on the town with his wife and kiddo.
James learned how to ride back in 2012 but is in the process of getting back on a bike after a long hiatus. James is responsible for scheduling Instructors, maintaining the website, and communication with the public through social media as well as video creation and ad content creation. James looks forward to helping take the Idaho STAR program to the next level!
Aaron Kindall, Operations Manager
Aaron is a huge fan of leadership principle and concepts. He spends a lot of time writing both brief and lengthy articles for LinkedIn and his personal site. When he's not doing that, he spends a great deal of time in the gym, and in back country speed-hiking, ultra-running, backpacking, and snowshoeing. In addition to that Aaron is also invested in a lot of what his family is doing and supporting their activities: Rugby, basketball, softball, skateboarding, snowboarding, piano accompaniments and many other worthy and time consuming endeavors. To complicate his already busy schedule, he also coaches 8th grade boys A-Team basketball for TVCS here in the valley.
He's never owned a motorcycle but has ridden a few times before. Previously he owned a 2015 Honda Ruckus, and sadly sold it with the hopes of getting something with a little more horsepower. That has yet to happen, but Aaron feels like that day is now closer than ever. He's looking forward to getting his endorsement, and then pursuing the purchase of some V-Twin power.
As the Operations Manager, Aaron is responsible for supporting the STAR Site Managers to ensure they have everything they need to safely and effectively serve in their roles at each one of our sites, as well as collaborating with other key stakeholders within the STAR program to ensure connectivity and support across all areas of the business. Additionally, he is responsible for fleet management, financial decision making elements, S.O.P. review and implementation, cross-collaboration with external partners, and data collection and analysis as it pertains to the overall operation.
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.