Meet Our Executive director
Cheryl Nicholas, PhD., is the Founder, CEO and Director of InnerVision, Inc.
InnerVision Inc. is a nationally accredited non-profit behavioral healthcare organization.
Since 2003, InnerVision has been a premier provider of recovery oriented psychosocial rehabilitation services, with focus in the areas of employment, education and wellness for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina residents with trauma, mental health and addictions challenges.
Under the leadership of Dr. Nicholas; InnerVision currently has two Uptown Charlotte, NC locations:
In April 2016, InnerVision was recognized as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Mid-Sized companies in region by SmartCEO.
InnerVision has become synonymous with the phrase "putting people to work". InnerVision has been heralded by many as a prototype for how comprehensive resources, services and supports should be used to effectively meet the employment needs of today's challenging workplaces for individuals with unique strengths and abilities.
Dr. Nicholas has been a clinical administrator and social entrepreneur for over 35 years. She developed Western New York's first model residential case management service for minority clients. During her tenure with Mecklenburg County, NC, Area Mental Health Authority, she created the first mentoring program for at risk and aggressive youth in the Child and Adolescent Services Division before serving as the Director for the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program.
As a consultant, Dr. Nicholas has utilized her organizational leadership expertise to assist corporations in maximizing their creative and analytical capacities. Her values, vision and mission philosophy, forecast planning and strategy tools have been used in the hiring, training, and development of processes with numerous agencies. Her research and scientifically grounded approaches have consistently resulted in data-supported work environments with increased client satisfaction and employee productivity.
As a social scientist, Dr. Nicholas has worked with colleges, universities and conducted research with colleagues at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Dr. Nicholas has been the recipient of numerous civic awards including 2018 NC Enterprising Woman of the Year Award Winner ; 2016 recognition as One of the North Carolina’s 12 Most Influential Women of Color; 2011 Women Professional Organization "Woman of Color Trailblazer Award"; and the 2007 Professional of the Year Award. She is an advisor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Charlotte Chapter and was a board member of the North Carolina Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, Dr. Nicholas is a peer reviewer for the National Council on Accreditation.