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A Special Welcome From Our Founder

If you are new to MentorCONNECT, we want you to feel right at home!

Please take a moment to watch this short welcome video from our founder, Shannon Cutts, then read on below to learn more about her personal recovery story and current projects.




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 just recently released her second book, Love & Feathers: what a palm-sized parrot has taught me about life, love, and healthy self-esteem.


About Mentoring for Recovery + Life!

"Beating Ana" (by MentorCONNECT founder Shannon Cutts): We invite you to read "Beating Ana" to learn more about MentorCONNECT's approach to mentoring for eating disorders recovery. 


The Journal of Eating Disorders: Read the results of MentorCONNECT's 2010 research study (in partnership with Dr. Marisol Perez / Texas A&M University) affirming the efficacy of mentoring as a valuable source of additional recovery support.


Mentoring & Recovery Blog: Follow Shannon's personal blog about mentoring on Psych Central!



"Love & Feathers" (2015) is Shannon's second book and a must-read for all pet parents who are also in recovery! In this long-awaited second book, Shannon shares stories of her life with her pet parrot, Pearl, as heartfelt examples of how animals can love, mentor and support us in recovery and life. 


Love & Feathers Blog: Follow Shannon's ongoing adventures with Pearl!






Mentor: a trusted guide who has knowledge and experience in a certain area, and is willing and able to share it.
Mentee: a person in need of guidance and instruction, and is willing to receive it.

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