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 currently the 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

Originally from Illinois, Purl prefers to claim Idaho as his forever home though he did spend 10 years in Missouri where he began his Motorcycle Safety career. He enjoys doing endurance rides and completes at least one Iron Butt ride every year. If he isn’t in his office or on the bike, you will probably find him backpacking in the mountains or rafting through some whitewater. Basically, like his two dogs, he loves being outside with the wind in his face…

Kyle McCarty, Operations Manager

Originally from West Palm Beach, Kyle has worked around the country and has settled in the Pacific Northwest since first moving to Boise in 1996. Back in Boise (2016), he is very excited to be a part of the STAR team to work in Operations supporting training and outreach efforts. Having merged a passion (aka addiction) for motorcycling, rider safety instruction, and operations/logistics into a fantastic adventure-career, Kyle thrives on process improvement, rider education, and customer/team service to help inspire people to make better/safer choices while enjoying what they do. He tries to lead by example and currently rides his 2001 Honda Valkyrie Interstate, or 2007 Honda ST1300A7, or 2008 KLR705 for fun.

Kyle enjoys spending his free time with his family on their 20-acre plot and cabin outside of Goldendale, WA bordering Brooks Memorial State Park. They love exploring back country roads, hiking, camping, and ADV (Adventure) riding and camping.

Dr. Jackie Throngard, Administrative Coordinator

Jackie says "joining the Idaho STAR Program to promote motorcycle safety in Idaho makes me feel enthusiastic! I received my Ed.D. in Leadership and Administration from Idaho State University. I am a huge fan of non-profits and programs that promote advancement for Idaho.  I am thrilled to work with very talented and fun individuals in the promotion of motorcycle safety.  Cheers!"

Lindsay Northness, Administrative Assistant II

Lindsay was born and raised in Boise. She is happily married with children. She loves to be outdoors during the warmer months, and if they are not swimming, camping, or hiking you can probably find the family playing some backyard games. Lindsay is a Girl Scout troop leader and currently has a wonderful group of Brownies. She is excited to be a part of a great team at Idaho STAR and look forwards to what the future holds.

Forrest Nolan, Administrative Assistant I

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