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.

 

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. Weather it's street or dirt, James just enjoys riding. He's currently working on his 1972 Suzuki TC 90 Blazer project bike. 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.

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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