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Steve Bryant | Program Manager | Missouri Career Pathways Network

Steve Bryant assumed his new role at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the Career Pathways Manager on April 03, 2017.   Steve is a veteran educator of the classroom, held career and technical edu​cation program leadership, the assistant superintendency, superintendency roles, and most recently working in higher education.  Prior to his career in public education, Steve helped establish and managed a livestock marketing and transportation company.   He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education from Missouri State University-Springfield, a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership from Missouri State University-Springfield, and anticipates completing his Educational Doctorate in Education Leadership in the fall of 2017 from William Wood University in Fulton, MO.

The Missouri Career Pathways program plays an integral part in Missouri’s Show-Me Success initiative.  As the Career Pathways Manager, Steve and the Missouri Career Pathways team of Directors, Consultants, and Advisors utilize regional and state level labor markets needs as they work to engage high school educators, post-secondary institutions, and employers in a more collaborative approach to develop a comprehensive network of pathways to serve the youth in high school and beyond.  The goal of the Missouri Career Pathways program  is to ensure that all high school graduates acquire the competencies, credentials, and opportunities needed to be ready for employment or college entry and to ensure students are being prepared to meet Missouri’s current and future workforce needs.  Ultimately, Missouri students through a proper network of pathways will be “Success Ready”.


Image of Shonda Gray Shonda D. Gray | St. Louis Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director 

Shonda Gray serves as the St. Louis Missouri Career Pathways Regional Director with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Shonda has twenty-seven years of work experience.  Over her career she has had the opportunity to work on various projects that covered multi departments from legal, public affairs, student services, operations, marketing to human resources.  She has over seventeen years work experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and consultant.  Ten of those years were spent working in Education Innovation and Career and Technical Education.  Her work included developing partnerships, designing pathways for CTE programs, and enhancing education systems to support academic achievement for all students.  Shonda has the ability to lead group discussions and engage partners around shared values toward a common vision of making sure all students are “Success Ready”.  She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University.  She is currently in her last semester in Graduate School at University College at Washington University -St. Louis obtaining a Master of Liberal Arts degree.


Roberta Carson | Mid-Missouri Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director 

Roberta Carson serves as the Mid-Missouri Pathways to Prosperity Regional Director.  She joined the Pathways team in May of 2015.  Roberta earned a B.A. in English, a M.ED. in Educational and Counseling Psychology and has worked in both the Boonville and Columbia school districts.  During her thirty plus year career as an English and Humanities teacher, high school counselor and technical center counselor, Roberta has assumed many roles;  from Student Council advisor to a founding member of a faculty Executive Council.  She has implemented the model career guidance program and student personal plans of study, worked on steering and advisory committees, partnered with area community colleges, and collaborated with area school administrators and industry.  Recently she worked with her technical center administrator and regional economic developer to introduce a new program that will not only help students in the area graduate with an employable skill and credential, but also has the potential to bring industry to the community.  As a counselor working directly with high school students, Roberta has sought to expand college and career opportunities for students by promoting the A+ program and dual credit options, offering college planning workshops, sponsoring FAFSA Frenzy, and organizing college fairs.  Her participation in the School to Work Initiative convinced Roberta of the need for work based learning experiences for both teacher and students; as a result she has organized hands on learning experiences for teachers and students in the STEM career areas.  Roberta’s central Missouri roots span several generations, and Mid-Missouri is ‘home” in all meanings of the word.  Having worked in both large and small school settings, Roberta strongly believes that the economic health of a community depends on the cooperation of all of its stakeholders in preparing students for careers. 

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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.