Cheryl Laws, Founder and CEO of Pollen8
Cheryl Laws has been an entrepreneur for the majority of her life. She has owned two successful Day Spas (Ferngullys and Selah) and Nurses4You- an organization that provided permanent positions for nurses in hospitals throughout the United States. Cheryl went on to become the Director of Travel Nursing for TheraCare, Inc. of NYC where she grew the division from $250,000 to $2.5 million per year. The division was sold to a competitor and Cheryl was left to reinvent herself. She went back to college in 2011 at the age of forty-two where she received a Regents Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Sociology. Cheryl graduated Summa Cum Laude and went on to Boone, North Carolina to begin a Masters of Art in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. Her goal was to better understand the Appalachian culture so she could return to West Virginia and help the people from the place she calls “home”. Her thesis titled, Reintegration Strategies to Mitigate Child Abuse and Neglect by Substance Abusers in West Virginia Communities was used as research for this project. Cheryl built Pollen8, Inc. based on the scholarly literature and primary research from her graduate studies.
Hollie McCraw, COO of Pollen8
Understanding and living the ground levels of addiction, Hollie found the determination to change her story. While she was working for a local women’s sober living house as administrative staff, she quickly became certified as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist in the State of West Virginia.
Hollie maintained additional employment at a restaurant franchise and over the next 5 years, found herself managing multiple restaurant locations in Operations and Supervision.
Grateful for her new life and opportunities, Hollie still felt there was more work for her to do to help others. After meeting with Cheryl Laws to interview for a multi-café director, Hollie discovered the vision. Any doubts were erased, and she felt as though her personal experiences were the perfect introduction for her to be part of the mission of Pollen8.
Hollie understands the challenges and barriers those in recovery face trying to rebuild their lives. She is now the Chief Operating Officer for Pollen8 and grateful to be on the team. Her experiences make her the perfect role model to highlight the opportunities that waits for those after addiction.