Meet MentorCONNECT's Founder, Directors & Advisors
** FOUNDER **
Shannon Cutts - Founder
Board Director Emeritus
Shannon Cutts survived a fifteen-year battle with anorexia, bulimia, depression and anxiety. After recovering, she founded MentorCONNECT to offer others the gift of hope she received from her own mentors. Shannon is a popular college circuit speaker, freelance writer, and author of the definitive eating disorders mentoring text, Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back. She has recently released her second book, Love & Feathers: what a palm-sized parrot has taught me about life, love, and healthy self-esteem - a must-read for pet parents who are also in recovery!
- Visit Shannon at www.shannoncutts.com
- Visit Pearl, Shannon's precocious and pretty parrot, at www.loveandfeathers.com
- Visit Malti & Bruce, Shannon's sweet tortoises, at www.maltiandme.com
** MC DIRECTORS **
Astrid Rodriguez has been a member of MentorCONNECT since January of 2012, when she joined as a mentee level member. She attended weekly chats, and used the forums to support her recovery efforts. After over 10 years of working on her recovery, she can honestly say that she is completely recovered from her eating disordered behaviors, and can now focus on the underlying issues that led to her eating disorder. The "secret" that helped her was establishing relationships. Connections with people helped her to make positive choices and stay healthy. She is currently a middle school science teacher in Houston, TX. She loves to read and reached her goal of reading over 100 books during 2016. She also enjoys writing, drawing, cooking, being outside, and spending time with her husband, cats, and chinchilla. She is working on her masters degree in curriculum and instruction, and hopes to become an instructional coach. She would eventually like to get out of the classroom, and into more of a leadership role. She is looking forward to 2017, and all it has to bring for her health, career, and family.
Secretary / Director / New Member Coordinator
Shannon Doyle is a member of MentorCONNECT's leadership team. As the New Member Coordinator, Shannon helps to support new community members who are still working towards their recovery goals by welcoming them into the community. She also serves as the board secretary, as well as a director to the board. She struggled with EDNOS for over 9 years, until she sought out treatment, and has now been in strong recovery for 8 years. Shannon lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She has a bachelors degree in sociology from Arizona State University. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her friends, and her family, going to concerts, volunteering and advocating for eating disorder awareness, and living life to its fullest potential.
** MC ADVISORS **