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!

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.

Lindsay Northness, Administrative Assistant II

Lindsay was born and raised in Boise. She is happily married with two 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 or enjoying a nice fire. Lindsay loves to do arts and crafts and has renewed her love in reading. Lindsay is going back to school this year to obtain her degree in Administrative Assistant and Business Management.

Elizabeth Dale, Administrative Assistant I

Elizabeth is native to Idaho, born in Pocatello and raised in North Idaho. Elizabeth moved to Boise in 2007 after being stationed at Fort Drum, NY as a Military Police Officer for the Army.

Elizabeth is a wife and mom of six. She enjoys playing in the water at Lucky Peak and Eagle Island and hiking the Foothills with her family. She graduated in 2017 from Western Governors University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Elizabeth has some dirt biking experience and is excited to take classes to learn proper technique!

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