Pathways About Us
Kristie Davis | State Director Pathways to Prosperity
Kristie Davis serves as the Statewide Director for Missouri’s Pathways to Prosperity Network. She joined the Pathways team in July 2013. Kristie has been with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education since 2007. During her tenure she has implemented both large and small scale projects and has been accountable for a variety of programs including: overseeing a $16 million state Vocational-Technical Enhancement Grant, implementing school district guidelines for the Perkins Technical Skill Attainment accountability measure, and establishing the Math-in-CTE program. Prior to working at the Department, Kristie was a Physical Education and Health teacher and later became the Director of a statewide non-profit volunteer organization.
It is not by coincidence that Kristie has a passion for the Pathways to Prosperity initiative. Growing up in a family of ten, Kristie attributes many of her professional career successes to the skills she acquired as a child while working at their small family owned business. From counting money, to ordering supplies, to cooking food, and even changing tires, Kristie understood from a very early age the importance of having good communication skills, as well as the ability to problem solve, understand finance, and being accountable; all essential skills that lay the foundation for almost every career. For Kristie the hand-on learning experience she acquired while working at their family owned business made her education relevant and her career successful. Through the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, Kristie hopes to ensure that many more youth connect the relevancy of their education to careers, complete high school, and attain a postsecondary credential that will launch them into a successful career.
Gail Stewart | St. Louis Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director
Gail Stewart serves as the St. Louis Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director. She joined the Pathways team in July 2013, after a long career in career education. She led the Career & Technical Education programs at Hazelwood School District prior to taking the Pathways to Prosperity position. Under her leadership, the district developed a Career Path Handbook to guide students in developing a six-year personal plan of study that emphasized the district’s CTE programs in Health Occupations, Family & Consumer Science, Business, Marketing, Project Lead The Way – Pathway to Engineering, and Project Lead The Way - Biomedical Sciences. As Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) became the focus of the district, she organized a STEM Extravaganza to showcase STEM to parents/students and the community. She worked with the architectural teams in designing STEM studios and STEM classrooms that were built and renovated for the CTE programs at each of the high schools. In addition, Gail has had several years’ experience of organizing and facilitating Career Academies and helped implement the first Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering program in Missouri in 2001.
These experiences and opportunities have provided Gail the foundation to guide the implementation of Pathways to Prosperity in the St. Louis Region. In addition to working with the original Pathways districts, she is providing guidance for several additional districts as they implement Pathways. She is partnering with Education Plus and St. Louis School and Business Partnership as well as other community organizations and foundations to develop a centralized database platform that can be used to strengthen business partnerships with education and provide meaningful work-based learning experiences for students and educators.
Bragg Stanley | Mid-Missouri Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director
Bragg Stanley serves as the Mid-Missouri Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director. He joined the Pathways team in January 2014. Bragg has been in education for 41 years. He worked as a teacher/school counselor for 5 years in Brunswick, and 3 years in Norborne before moving to Columbia where he served 20 years as a School counselor at Hickman High School in Columbia. Ten of those 20 years he also served as Hickman Guidance Director and Secondary Coordinator of Guidance. In 2004 he came to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and spent 10 years as the State Director of Guidance. Bragg is also an Adjunct Professor at Stephens College, teaching in their Department of School Counseling. He has a BA Degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga, and a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Missouri.
Ann Starlin-Horner | Kansas City Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director
Ann Starlin-Horner serves as the Kansas City Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director. She joined the Pathways team in July 2014. Ann grew up near the coast of Oregon and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She completed a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Kansas.
Ann has been a teacher, middle and high school principal, or central office administrator in the states of Oregon, Minnesota, Kansas, Colorado, and most recently, Missouri, where she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Leadership in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. During her tenure in Lee’s Summit R-7, she led several initiatives that focused on college and career readiness. One example was an initiative branded “connecting all students to their futures.” It began with strong collaboration between the business community and the district. This collaboration led to the development of district programs implemented at each high school that prepare students to make career choices and decisions regarding their post high-school education or training programs.