Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

“I live in the Kansas City area and recently got married this July.  I’m obsessed with vinyl records, and a former professional musician, who occasionally performs.  I also teach Sunday School and am working on a podcast.”

How long have you been a mentor at EDF? 

“This is my first year mentoring with EDF.”

What is your favorite part of mentoring? 

“My favorite part of mentoring is seeing the reassurance in the mentee’s eyes and the tone of their voice that they aren’t alone and that this is only the beginning of a new chapter and a change of ending.”

What is one thing you wish people knew about the important mentor/mentee relationship in eating disorder recovery? 

“In simple terms I would say not to put so much pressure on yourself as either the mentee or mentor.  We’re not meant to fix, just encourage, walk beside and be an advocate and a voice of discovery.”

What would you tell someone who was thinking about becoming a mentor or mentee? 

“We’re not perfect.  We don’t have all the answers.  Listening is the most powerful form of communication.”

What is the best recovery advice you feel like you’ve ever received?

“You’ve only come this far to only have come this far.”